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Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas Reviews

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December 13, 2018
I just can't imagine the editor and director sitting down together, and THIS being the final product.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
December 13, 2018
They really didn't have solid direction, they were just doing too much. That's coming from me, someone who routinely does too much.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
November 29, 2018
Director Ron Howard usually lets his comedies gestate organically, but his Grinch is frantic from start to finish.
November 19, 2018
A fundamentally soulless, mercenary attack on soulless, mercenary things, and this ends up being deeply tedious and tiresome to watch, on pretty much every possible level.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/5
February 2, 2018
The director, Ron Howard, is a grand old heartwarmer (Cocoon, etc.) but the heart of this picture is dead.
December 6, 2013
Such a departure from the book, it's not even Dr. Seuss.
December 24, 2010
Live-action version of classic has some crude, scary moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 25, 2010
An unforgivable transgression from the usually reliable Ron Howard, "Grinch" boasts the visual polish of a Menards tree aisle and resembles not a cheerful Christmas, but rather what the bloodcurdling onset of a mescaline bender might feel like.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
January 17, 2010
Howard and the rest of the crew do something the late Dr. Seuss never would: take chronological age over the youthful, innocent spirit that lingers untouched in everyone--and never goes out of style.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 5, 2008
Five-year-olds might go for it, but people who grew up with Jones' version will be looking at their watches and grinding their teeth.
February 5, 2008
Cloying fancy gives way to gross-out comedy, twisted social commentary, affecting pathos, and weirdly sexualized romance in this lurid live-action version of the classic children's book.
February 5, 2008
Parents can relax: Ron Howard's version of Dr. Seuss' tale of the Christmas-napping Grinch is a smartly stylized hoot.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 5, 2008
Shrill, strenuous and entirely without charm.
November 29, 2007
The costumes astound, the sight gags abound, but the heart, oh the heart, now that must be found.
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September 24, 2007
...A jumbled mess, art-directed to within an inch of its life...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
September 21, 2007
Unfortunately, Ron Howard is the Grinch who stole Christmas from Jim Carrey, Dr. Seuss, and the children who deserve a better story.
Full Review | Original Score: C
November 20, 2006
A holiday gift, The Grinch just may steal the hearts of kids and grown-ups alike.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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June 24, 2006
This cinematic candy floss honours the Seussian universe by satirising our own. And Carrey's comic tornado of a performance is a triumph.
December 6, 2005
Universal Pictures has definitely left something under your Christmas tree, but you might want to clean it up soon before it leaves a permanent stain.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
December 10, 2003
In adding material, The Grinch loses much of its rhythm and the heart within it shrinks three sizes right along with it.
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