Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat (2003)

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Critic Consensus: Filled with double entendres and potty humor, this Cat falls flat.

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Following up on the success of 2000's How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Imagine Entertainment presents The Cat in the Hat, their second live-action adaptation of a classic Dr. Seuss book. Starring Mike Myers, the film follows the adventures of Conrad (Spencer Breslin) and Sally Walden (Dakota Fanning), a young brother and sister who find themselves visited by the titular mischievous cat (Meyers) and his entourage when their mother (Kelly Preston) leaves them home alone. Also starring Alec Baldwin and the voice of Sean Hayes, The Cat in the Hat is the directorial debut of Oscar-nominated art director Bo Welch.
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PG (for mild crude humor and some double-entendres)
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Comedy , Kids & Family
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Cast

Mike Myers
as The Cat
Alec Baldwin
as Lawrence Quinn
Amy Hill
as Mrs. Kwan
Sean Hayes
as Mr. Humberfloob/The Fish
Taylor Rice
as Thing 1
Brittany Oaks
as Thing 2
Talia Prarie
as Thing 2
Dan Castellaneta
as Voice of Thing 1 and 2
Daran Norris
as Announcer
Frank Welker
as Nevins
Victor Brandt
as Narrator
Clint Howard
as Kate The Caterer
Paige Hurd
as Denise
Stomy Bugsy
as Nevins
Steven Anthony Lawrence
as Dumb Schweitzer
Paris Hilton
as Female Club-Goer
Roger Morrissey
as Mr. Vompatatat
Stephen Hibbert
as Jim McFlinnigan
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Critic Reviews for Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat

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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
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First published in 1957, The Cat In The Hat is one of the most-loved and best-selling children's books ever. It's also a mere 1,600 words -- and even at 82 minutes, the movie version seems like a big stretch.

November 24, 2003
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

The best argument yet made for extending artists' rights beyond the grave.

Full Review… | November 22, 2003
Salon.com
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About as creatively inspired as a giant hairball.

November 21, 2003
Washington Post
Top Critic

So good it breaks your heart for not being better.

Full Review… | November 21, 2003
Washington Post
Top Critic

The younger the viewers, the better reactions are bound to be, while grownups will sit still in varying states of bemusement and discomfiture.

Full Review… | November 21, 2003
Variety
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Directors Cat
Directors Cat

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If I really had to think about it, this might very well be the worst film I've ever seen. It's not enough that it is atrociously obnoxious and annoying, but what really gets me is how badly they screwed up in adapting such a simple, classic, and straightforward story. Sure, I understand that they had to pad it out, being that it's live action and that the source material is really brief, but still...THIS is the end result?!?! The execution is just ridiculously over the top, in your face, and annoying, Mike Meyers, who is really just playing a hyper version of himself in a cat costume and makeup, makes me want to carve my eyes out with a rusty spoon. I really don't have that much problem with him in general, but he really went off the deep end here, and I have no idea what he was thinking. I really don't remember much of Alec Baldwin's performance, but I'm sure it's something he wishes wasn't on his resume. All I remember from Breslin and Fanning is that they spent a fair amount of time frowning at Meyers, as if they knew they were in a giant pile of crap. This is dumb, vile, and one of the biggest slaps to the face of Seuss and his legacy that I've seen, and that's without considering that I wasn't interested in seeing this in the first place, but just happened to because I was at school, the semester was almost over, and the teacher didn't apparently have any respect for our intelligence and thought we, a bunch of high schoolers, would enjoy watching one of her kids's movies since she apparently didn't have anything more on our level, or just didn't trust us to watch anything PG-13 or higher since her rep would be on the line. What a bunch of crap. The ONLY thing I can really give this movie in the way of a compliment is that the look is decent, and there's some okay art direction/set design, but even my enjoyment of that is sullied since it's being used in the most lazy and poor attempt to cash in on something great just ofr money. Also, the fact that some of the cast actually managed to recover from this is some sort of miracle. Avoid this one at all costs, especially if you'd prefer to have your childhood not molested.

Chris Weber
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

One of the biggest Hollywood tragedies of the last decade.

Liam Gadd
Liam Gadd

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