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Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat Reviews

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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
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
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 21, 2003
Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat is a triumph above all of production design. That's partly because the production design is so good, partly because the movie is so disappointing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
November 20, 2003
There are two, and only two, noteworthy things about The Cat in the Hat. It's visually impressive, and Mike Myers has a field day. Other than that, the movie is entirely forgettable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
November 21, 2003
I do not like this cat in his hat.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
November 20, 2003
Little more than an assaultive sequence of skits meant to showcase Mike Myers' gifts as a rat-a-tat purveyor of impressions.
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
November 22, 2003
It has filler that ranges from the superfluous to the distracting and some inexcusably vulgar humor, but when Cat takes over, it is entertaining.
Read More | Original Score: C
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 22, 2010
Too mature for the kids who are reading the book.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
November 20, 2003
Just plain awful.
Full Review | 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
James Rocchi
November 20, 2003
Another Dr. Seuss classic gets the big-screen treatment ... and it's not that much of a treat.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
November 20, 2003
A lackluster and nearly charmless affair.
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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.
Anton Bitel
Movie Gazette
September 10, 2007
much of the film is padded out by the comic business of Mike Myers' cat, in a deeply flawed role falling somewhere between a stand-up dying on stage or an alcoholic clown harassing kids at a birthday party.
Nick Schager
Nitrate Online
December 1, 2003
The Cat in the Hat isn't so much a movie as an extremely long commercial for Universal's Dr. Seuss-inspired products and tie-ins.
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
March 14, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
Kam Williams
Princeton Town Topics
April 22, 2007
Unless you are prone to laugh at endless urination, expectoration, regurgitation, defecation, flatulence, and belching, avoid this rip-off at all costs.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Eric D. Snider
November 20, 2003
Bearing a slight, coincidental resemblance to a book by Dr. Seuss, The Cat in the Hat is an 82-minute advertisement for bodily functions.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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