Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat Reviews

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Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
November 30, 2003
I laughed once. That's it. The jokes fell flat every other time.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Stephen Himes
Flak Magazine
November 28, 2003
Perverts Geisel's complicated legacy as storyteller, cartoonist, and political radical.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Tyler Hanley
Palo Alto Weekly
November 27, 2003
Only Hollywood could turn a straightforward children's book into a frantic feature film.
| Original Score: 2/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
November 26, 2003
Replace the 'C' with 'S' and 'H' and you'll be on the money as to what the filmmakers have done here.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
November 26, 2003
They missed the point, But stole the name / The real question today, Is who to blame?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Kevin Carr
Fat Guys at the Movies
November 25, 2003
There's no warmth and character from the original Dr. Seuss book, and there's no substance or soul in the story elements added to pad out the 400-word picture book to feature-film length.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
November 25, 2003
Theodore Geisel isn't merely rolling over in his grave -- he's spinning so fast that he's splintering the coffin around him into shards appropriate for teeth-picking.
| Original Score: 1/4
Michael Szymanski
November 25, 2003
Myers sounds like a cross between Paul Lynde and Austin Powers, and purr like The Wizard of Oz Cowardly Lion -- he doesn't have an original moment in the character.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
November 24, 2003
To paraphrase Woody Allen, if Dr. Seuss were alive to see this production, he would never stop throwing up.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
November 24, 2003
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.
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
November 24, 2003
It's so bad that Dr. Seuss should sue from the grave ... It is one of longest eighty minutes you'll ever spend in a theater.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
November 24, 2003
[L]ike a forced march through Candyland...
Scott Weinberg
November 23, 2003
You'll watch with a sneer and a throb in your head. You'll watch and you'll sit there and wish you were dead.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Dan Marcucci and Nancy Serougi
Broomfield Enterprise
November 23, 2003
It would have been nice for Myers to be a little more original.
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Collin Souter
November 23, 2003
Creepier than Michael Jackson's mug shot, and yet very similar. Parents shouldn't leave their kids alone with this circus sideshow, either.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
November 23, 2003
The Cat in the Hat is ostensibly a family film, yet it is filled with material that is inappropriate for children...A complete disaster.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
November 23, 2003
A film adaptation with big-buck effects, but no soul to speak of.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/5
Jonathan R. Perry
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
November 23, 2003
... a shrill, soulless and disturbing void of imagination that murders the spirit of a beloved children's book -- which the filmmakers obviously have not read.
| Original Score: 0.5/4
John Venable
November 22, 2003
Entertaining? Not very. Bearable? Absolutely. It's a great looking movie that is unfortunately devoid of charm and the Cat's trademark...fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
Top Critic
Charles Taylor
November 22, 2003
The best argument yet made for extending artists' rights beyond the grave.
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