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Dr Seuss' The Lorax Reviews

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Witney Seibold
CraveOnline

Three minutes of substance, 91 minutes of shrill filler.

Full Review Source: CraveOnline | Original Score: 3/10

August 25, 2012
Guy Lodge
Time Out
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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.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

July 24, 2012
Bruce Diones
New Yorker
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May be a diversion for younger children, but it betrays the elegant simplicity of Geisel's vision.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

March 19, 2012
Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
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Hypocrisy on an epic scale, this computer-animated feature turns the Dr. Seuss classic about corporate greed into a multimillion-dollar toy commercial.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

March 2, 2012
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

More a civics lesson than a story, The Lorax is the tale of a cantankerous woodland sprite who comes across as a shrill nag.

Full Review Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

March 1, 2012
David Sexton
This is London

It stinks.

Full Review Source: This is London | Original Score: 1/5

July 27, 2012
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane

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.

Full Review Source: ABC Radio Brisbane | Original Score: C+

March 28, 2012
Matt Fowler
IGN Movies

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.

Full Review Source: IGN Movies | Original Score: 2.5/5

March 1, 2012
James Croot
Flicks.co.nz

There's just something missing in translation from that most powerful book.

Full Review Source: Flicks.co.nz | Original Score: 2/5

April 10, 2012
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly

The animation is lovely, with some cleverly designed locations and characters, but it isn't enough to prop up the threadbare plot.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly | Original Score: 2.5/5

February 29, 2012
Annlee Ellingson
Paste Magazine

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.

Full Review Source: Paste Magazine

March 6, 2012
Martin Roberts
Fan The Fire

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.

Full Review Source: Fan The Fire | Original Score: 2/5

August 12, 2012
Charlie Lyne
Ultra Culture

For all its good intentions, there's something deeply unsettling about this bubblegum pop approach to environmentalism.

Full Review Source: Ultra Culture

April 30, 2012
Ed Gibbs
The Sun Herald

Given its inevitable merchandise tie-ins, this animated eco-preachy affair carries with it more than a whiff of questionable intent.

Full Review Source: The Sun Herald | Original Score: 3/10

March 25, 2012
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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[It] does a few smaller things right but the bigger things not quite. I've come to fear these movies.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

March 1, 2012
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs

There are some cute and funny moments, but too much of it feels like filler.

Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 4, 2012

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.

Full Review Source: Doddle | Original Score: 5/10

March 2, 2012
Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
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The whole thing is harmless.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

March 1, 2012
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph

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.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 1/5

July 26, 2012
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com

A merry, song-filled, candy-colored thing that's as hollow as a cheap chocolate bunny.

Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: C+

March 2, 2012
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
June 14, 2012
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