Three minutes of substance, 91 minutes of shrill filler.
| Original Score: 3/10
About as factory-produced a film as it's possible to make about the evils of commercialism, while the bulbous, Haribo-hued animation style reflects none of Seuss's visual wit.
| Original Score: 2/5
May be a diversion for younger children, but it betrays the elegant simplicity of Geisel's vision.
Hypocrisy on an epic scale, this computer-animated feature turns the Dr. Seuss classic about corporate greed into a multimillion-dollar toy commercial.
More a civics lesson than a story, The Lorax is the tale of a cantankerous woodland sprite who comes across as a shrill nag.
| Original Score: 2/4
| Original Score: 1/5
There are only a few laughs and the characters aren't that exciting. I much preferred Kung Fu Panda will all its action and fighting.
| Original Score: C+
Seuss' original message resonates but the rest of the overwrought window dressing that's required to "movie" it up only serves to dilute and bore.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
There's just something missing in translation from that most powerful book.
The animation is lovely, with some cleverly designed locations and characters, but it isn't enough to prop up the threadbare plot.
There's something tedious about this film, partly because the Lorax is sidelined, partly due to a pointed environmental message that ultimately overrides all the characters.
Illumination Entertainment has dispensed with almost all of Dr Seuss' endearing dialogue, which is a shame, because the film could do with more of a personality of its own.
For all its good intentions, there's something deeply unsettling about this bubblegum pop approach to environmentalism.
Given its inevitable merchandise tie-ins, this animated eco-preachy affair carries with it more than a whiff of questionable intent.
[It] does a few smaller things right but the bigger things not quite. I've come to fear these movies.
There are some cute and funny moments, but too much of it feels like filler.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
For kids, The Lorax offers life lessons about selflessness and the environment. And while the palettes allure, and the creatures are amusing, feeble songs and dull-ish leads turn The Lorax lifeless.
| Original Score: 5/10
The whole thing is harmless.
When a film misses the point as cretinously as The Lorax does, it really gets the blood up, although perhaps the lesson to learn here is simply that Seuss's aesthetic resists a cinematic treatment.
A merry, song-filled, candy-colored thing that's as hollow as a cheap chocolate bunny.