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Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! Reviews

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Stephen Himes
Film Snobs
April 16, 2008
The metaphysical angle is too awkward: Horton comes off like a Giant Flying Spaghetti Monster.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
March 12, 2008
While Horton scores points for its design, it fails miserably in the script department.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
March 14, 2008
Your enjoyment of this G-rated enterprise will have everything to do with how much you're willing to overlook: how much story padding, how many references to Henry Kissinger or Apocalypse Now or MySpace. Does Seuss need any of this?
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
March 17, 2008
The animation's ok. I didn't like Jim Carrey. I thought he was a distraction.
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
June 18, 2008
The movie is sweet, but not really memorable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
March 15, 2008
It amounts to making entertainment for adults by hijacking a story intended for kids...
| Original Score: 2/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
March 17, 2008
Occasionally charming, frequently dull, and terrible just often enough to be dissatisfying more often than not.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Peter Sobczynski
March 16, 2008
None of the millions of dollars in cutting-edge animation and high-priced talent have managed to come up with anything quite approximating the charms and delights that Dr. Seuss was able to conjure up in just a handful of storybook pages.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Thomas Peyser
Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
May 8, 2008
Earth, as Robert Frost thought, might be the right place for love, but television is certainly the right place for Dr. Seuss.
Matt Pais
March 13, 2008
The celeb voices just distractingly pull you out of a world that's supposed to sound like an imagination run wild, not half the cast of The 40-Year-Old Virgin.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kent Turner
March 13, 2008
For adults, its charms eventually wear thin, but there are enough loud special effects and scary sequences to hold the attention of its preteen audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
March 14, 2008
[W]hat has Hollywood done with this gentle plea for tolerance? It has been turned into something that looks astonishingly like far-right propaganda about how Christians are a persecuted minority -- as if this were 100AD in the Roman Empire...
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
April 20, 2008
Adds a manic spin that strains to convey far too many moral messages while overloading the film with wacky action.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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John Anderson
March 10, 2008
No elevating moments, but a few of pure mirth: "In my world," says one of the film's furry woodland creatures, "everybody's a pony, they eat rainbows and poop butterflies ... " Now that would be something to see.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
March 13, 2008
What distinguishes Horton Hears a Who! from the other recent Dr. Seuss film adaptations is that it is not one of the worst movies ever made.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
December 23, 2008
Horton started as a book, less that 40 pages long. To make it a feature seems just a little bit wrong. The magic of Seuss isn't quite there. It's got the look but it's missing some flair.
Dustin Putman
March 13, 2008
What could be translated into a wonderful and even educational thirty-minute short is stretched and padded to the brink when forced to fill out a feature-length running time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
March 14, 2008
The sad thing is that this Horton doesn't stick by its central message -- that every voice counts -- the way Horton sticks to the Whos. It pretends to, but the sincerity is just too scary to commit to fully.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
March 14, 2008
Yes, Horton Hears a Who! has been dragged into the modern age, nowhere near as hyperactively as the Shrek movies, but not without damage.
| Original Score: 3/6
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
March 26, 2008
A mediocre movie's a mediocre movie, no matter how overhyped, overblown and overbearing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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