Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! Reviews

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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.
June 18, 2008
The movie is sweet, but not really memorable.
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.
April 20, 2008
Adds a manic spin that strains to convey far too many moral messages while overloading the film with wacky action.
April 16, 2008
The metaphysical angle is too awkward: Horton comes off like a Giant Flying Spaghetti Monster.
March 26, 2008
A mediocre movie's a mediocre movie, no matter how overhyped, overblown and overbearing.
March 21, 2008
The elephant, the stars' names, the digital production, the critical buzz, and the product tie-ins -- with all this going on, the movie can't help but be huge.
March 17, 2008
Occasionally charming, frequently dull, and terrible just often enough to be dissatisfying more often than not.
March 17, 2008
The animation's ok. I didn't like Jim Carrey. I thought he was a distraction.
March 17, 2008
Only scratches the surface of what makes the author's works resonate.
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.
March 15, 2008
It amounts to making entertainment for adults by hijacking a story intended for kids...
March 14, 2008
Everything in the movie (Whoville in particular) seems hyperactive, noisy and shrill -- and yet, for all the manufactured carry-on, there isn't enough story for a feature film.
March 14, 2008
It feels empty and over-inflated, with the book's simple charms lost in the filler dreamed up by screenwriters Ken Daurio and Cinco Paul.
March 14, 2008
As long as it sticks to Seuss -- which, given the brevity of the book, amounts to about a third of the 88-minute running time -- Horton makes for charming, kid-friendly entertainment.
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.
March 14, 2008
At times, the action in Horton overwhelms its softer, more Seussian traits. At these moments, the picture comes across as just another computer-animated film -- and there must be 100 by now -- about an animal on a quest.
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.
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?
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...
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