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Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! Reviews

March 17, 2008
The animation's ok. I didn't like Jim Carrey. I thought he was a distraction.
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
March 14, 2008
The team behind Ice Age capture the Seussian visuals without squishing emotions or squelching the sing-songy language. Listen closely: It's the sound of a million Who fans cheering.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 14, 2008
Frequently charming, beautifully drawn and far more faithful in spirit to the source material than those dreadful Ron Howard-Brian Grazer productions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 14, 2008
And a motto moguls should take some time learning, if they'd like their movies to finally be earning, for it's not the cash that makes a prize of the art, but the warmth of the tale, and the size of the heart.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 14, 2008
This new Horton 'toon may be state of the art. But it's great virtue isn't the 3-D animation. It's the good Doctor, whose writing about Whos never goes out of style.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
March 14, 2008
This Horton Hears a Who! never loses sight of the simple but perennially powerful theme at the heart of Seuss' tale: 'a person's a person, no matter how small.'
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 14, 2008
The movie proves a funny, elevating ride that should beguile the young and keep their parents or grandparents enthralled too. For once, the G rating stands for Glorious.
March 14, 2008
doesn't have the brisk economy of the original book, but the animated Horton feels nevertheless close to the sweet, quirky heart of Dr. Seuss.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/6
March 14, 2008
Horton Hears a Who! is razzle-dazzling and artful, and it builds on Seuss' words by the clever cart-full.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 14, 2008
When Horton sticks to the sweet, funny spirit of its source, though, all's right with the worlds, big and little.
March 14, 2008
This is animation most animate, a kid-pic so rare, that even adults will fall off their chairs!
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 14, 2008
On the 14th of March, from the Land of L.A., comes a film based on Seuss that I'm happy to say, isn't overblown junk like The Cat in The Hat -- a movie that messed with the book and fell flat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 14, 2008
Compared with those mega-budget predecessors, the adaptation sticks pretty close to the text and tone of the book, faithful enough to earn its just reward.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 14, 2008
Horton Hears a Who! brings a masterwork into the here and now with both respect and wide-eyed enthusiasm. So smart, so stimulating, so much fun.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
March 14, 2008
It's a relief then that writers Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio have fun with the belief that all humor doesn't have to be of the wink-nudge variety to appeal to adults in the 'plex.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 14, 2008
Directors Jimmy Hayward and Steve Martino direct with a keen eye for bringing Dr. Seuss' whimsical drawings and humanistic message to CG life.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
March 14, 2008
It's so funny and good-natured that I can't imagine anybody not smiling through it. Not even a Grinch.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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?
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 14, 2008
If you're willing to ignore the Hollywood gloss and enjoy the cinematic experience, you'll find a Horton that's faithful, if not 100 percent, to the spirit of the beloved children's classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 14, 2008
The tolerance and loopy poetry of the beloved book by Dr. Seuss have been nicely captured in this CGI adaptation.
March 14, 2008
Horton Hears a Who! represents a fresh, and mostly refreshing, approach in Hollywood's pillaging of the good doctor's oeuvre.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 13, 2008
Earlier big-screen adaptations have smothered the good doctor's unpretentious whimsy under layers of production bloat. Horton feels as blithe and confident of its unpretentious virtues as its long-nosed hero.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
March 13, 2008
Just because the live-action Seusses have dialed down expectations doesn't mean that Horton shouldn't aspire to more than time-wasting mediocrity.
Read More | Original Score: C
March 13, 2008
Seuss lovers may now heave a sigh of relief. Unlike those behind the recent live-action grotesqueries The Grinch and Cat in the Hat, the makers of the Horton Hears a Who! do well by the great, good medic of metrical writing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 13, 2008
A computer-animated feature that strikes an amiable balance between honoring the text and the dictates of contemporary animation, the film is as good as one could hope for in this era of post-literate impatience.
March 13, 2008
Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! is the first feature-length Seuss movie adaptation to adequately evoke the warmhearted eccentricity of Theodore Geisel's classic children's books.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 13, 2008
Horton Hears a Who! doesn't enter the live-action realm, which is a good thing, but the lengthened result has its own charm and is enjoyable in a family-friendly sort of way, even if it feels a little like Dr. Seuss by way of Ice Age.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 13, 2008
Warm, playful and inventive.
March 13, 2008
Although the voice talent is good and the animation amazing, Horton Hears a Who! has never needed more than Geisel's simple words and drawings to get its points across, brilliantly.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
March 12, 2008
If I ran the circus, the gang that made the sturdy, witty, inventively animated Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! would get first dibs on any future movie productions of the Theodor Seuss Geisel canon.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
March 12, 2008
Horton may hear a Who, but the rest of us may hear a lot of hoopla, and it's not all the charming sort you expect from a benign Seussian world.
March 12, 2008
Who among us can resist an animated elephant, or even a lethargic one?
March 11, 2008
Respect is what Horton's preaching, and that's a message to be foisted on children guilt-free.
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.
March 10, 2008
A delight, brimming with colorful, elastic characters and bountiful wit.