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Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas Reviews

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
December 6, 2013
Such a departure from the book, it's not even Dr. Seuss.
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 24, 2010
Live-action version of classic has some crude, scary moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nick Rogers
Suite101.com
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
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
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
Top Critic
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.
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Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader
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.
Steve Simels
TV Guide
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
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
February 5, 2008
Shrill, strenuous and entirely without charm.
Vera H-C Chan
Contra Costa Times
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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Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
September 24, 2007
...A jumbled mess, art-directed to within an inch of its life...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
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
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
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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Time Out
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.
Chris Gore
Film Threat
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
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
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.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
October 23, 2003
How the Grinch Stole Christmas is thick with irony but doesn't have the guts to explore any of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 3, 2003
If God is in the details, then this is the most righteous movie ever made.Jim Carrey is the only man deserving to interpret Chuck Jones' animation.
Full Review| Original Score: 5/5
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
May 22, 2003
It's funny, it's sincere and it's gloriously bizarre.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Susan Tavernetti
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
This delightful fantasy offers Happy Who-lidays to the young and the young at heart.
| Original Score: 2/4
Harry Guerin
RTÉ (Ireland)
May 8, 2003
Carrey is superb, swamped in makeup and sounding like a cross between Hitchcock and The Honey Monster.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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