Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 24, 2010
Live-action version of classic has some crude, scary moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
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.
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
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
Howard and his writers have made some interesting choices in bringing one of the most well-known American Christmas cartoons to life on the big screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
November 18, 2002
I sometimes felt shades of Tony Clifton beaming through the Grinch, with a good helping of the Mask. If only for Carrey's hyperactive, larger than life performance, this is a must see.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Matthew Turner
October 30, 2002
Colourful adaptation of the children's classic by Dr Seuss, redeemed by a combination of Jim Carrey's manic performance, the sets and the make-up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
August 2, 2002
Director Ron Howard's movie version of the popular Dr. Seuss classic creates a world of wonder and enchantment for kids of all ages. I found myself captivated by everything about it.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
March 19, 2002
How the Grinch stole Christmas is one kind of larceny. How Jim Carrey steals the picture is another matter entirely.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
December 10, 2001
Definitely worth adding to the Christmas movie pantheon, but not at the expense of the original.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
October 30, 2001
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Scott Weinberg
October 10, 2001
Truly crowd pleasin' and Carrey's the reason.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Daniel Papkin
April 16, 2001
This very funny, visually stunning film is a delight from start to finish.
Michael Thomson
April 16, 2001
Howard has certainly nailed the playfully eccentric other world of Whoville.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Erika Milvy
February 7, 2001
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
Carrey enables Ron Howard's version of the classic story to come across as more of a welcome endeavor than a pointless re-tread.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
Mark Lepage
Montreal Gazette
November 3, 2001
Scott Feschuk
National Post
November 2, 2001
Jim Ridley
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
January 1, 2000

News & Observer (Raleigh, NC)
January 1, 2000
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
January 1, 2000
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