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Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat Reviews

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.
November 22, 2003
The best argument yet made for extending artists' rights beyond the grave.
November 21, 2003
About as creatively inspired as a giant hairball.
November 21, 2003
So good it breaks your heart for not being better.
November 21, 2003
The younger the viewers, the better reactions are bound to be, while grownups will sit still in varying states of bemusement and discomfiture.
November 21, 2003
The Cat in the Hat is long on visual dazzle but short on warmth, and the humor is excessively raunchy for a family film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 21, 2003
The Cat In The Hat goes splat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 21, 2003
The movie has some mildly amusing moments, but it completely lacks the wild glee and irresistible rhythm of the book.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 21, 2003
It is hard to say who is less recognizable in The Cat in the Hat, Mike Myers or the actual Cat in the Hat.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
November 21, 2003
The movie is so disappointing, in fact, that it makes Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas look like a masterpiece.
November 21, 2003
Flashy but flat.
November 21, 2003
Fun has never looked so tedious.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
November 21, 2003
A poorly made movie for children, full of crass, bodily-function humor and embarrassingly empty one-liners.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
November 21, 2003
Small kids should love it, and parents may find themselves pleasantly amused.
Read More | Original Score: B
November 21, 2003
This is not your father or mother's Cat in the Hat, certainly, and it has the decency -- or disregard -- not to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 21, 2003
I do not like this cat in his hat.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
November 21, 2003
It's perfect for parents looking for harmless entertainment to keep the young ones engaged during the holidays, but less than perfect for anyone else.
November 21, 2003
Represents everything corrupt, bloated, and wrong with mainstream Hollywood movies.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
November 21, 2003
A semi-intriguing abomination, the movie The Cat in the Hat takes a piece of classic childhood Americana and turns it into something garish, dumb, ugly and senseless.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
November 21, 2003
The Cat in the Hat proves yet again that the wonderful children's books of Dr. Seuss do not translate to live action.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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
November 21, 2003
One of the most repulsive kiddie movies ever made.
November 21, 2003
Even at an embarrassingly short 82 minutes, Cat is stuffed with inane filler.
Read More | Original Score: 0/4
November 21, 2003
The movie squanders most of Dr. Seuss' idiosyncratic charm in favor of blaring overstatement.
Read More | Original Score: D+
November 20, 2003
It's a barrel of lunatic laughs.
Read More | Original Score: B
November 20, 2003
A lackluster and nearly charmless affair.
November 20, 2003
The movie is overproduced in every way but the most important one: Other than an occasional token rhyme, this Cat in the Hat lands flat-footed and with tin ear, drained of its essential Dr. Seussness.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
November 20, 2003
A vulgar, uninspired lump of poisoned eye candy that Universal has the temerity to call Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
November 20, 2003
If directing bad movies were a sin to confess, Bo Welch would say oops for making this mess.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
November 20, 2003
For enduring this mess/ They should pay us a fee.
Full Review | Original Score: F
November 20, 2003
The movie includes little of Seuss' language and even less of his wit.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
November 20, 2003
This adaptation departs from the kiddie classic with freewheeling abandon, but is faithful in the most important way: Wonders never cease.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 20, 2003
Another over-blown Hollywood raid on Dr. Seuss.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
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
November 20, 2003
This is not The Cat in the Hat. This is kitty litter.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
November 20, 2003
Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat is perhaps the worst holiday movie ever made.
Read More | Original Score: .5/4
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.
November 20, 2003
As entertainment, Cat in the Hat is barely so-so.
Read More | Original Score: C-
November 19, 2003
A holiday movie that makes the audience feel as if they're having the ultimate bad day at Disney World.
Full Review | Original Score: D
November 18, 2003
Comes scarily close to being the most unendurable Hollywood creation of the last dozen years.