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Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas Reviews

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
Shrill, strenuous and entirely without charm.
Top Critic
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.
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
August 17, 2001
Perhaps 20 minutes too long and subject to torpor.
January 1, 2000
Read More | Original Score: B
January 1, 2000
Nobody wants to leave Grinch feeling grouchy. And probably nobody will.
January 1, 2000
Ron Howard seems much more engaged by the anarchy and mischief of the Grinch than he does with the pleasantries and communal feeling in Whoville. Perhaps there's hope for him yet.
January 1, 2000
Should be more heartfelt and touching than it is.
January 1, 2000
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas means to amaze, beguile, delight. And it will.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
January 1, 2000
This Grinch isn't so bad. It's quite merry. Very!
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 1, 2000
Overall, the film sparkles. But it's a curiously unaffecting sparkle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
It's the rare holiday movie that manages to entertain the kid in all of us, without forgetting that grownups love the Grinch, too.
Read More | Original Score: A-
January 1, 2000
If you have little moviegoers around for the holidays, you should still make the trip to Whovillie.
January 1, 2000
This oddly heavy-spirited movie version is clearly two sizes too big.
January 1, 2000
What they forgot to budget for was heart.
January 1, 2000
I think a lot of children are going to look at this movie with perplexity and distaste.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 1, 2000
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas is one overstuffed movie, but it's by no means a turkey.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
January 1, 2000
At its center, it has Carrey, whose nasty, catty Grinch is a hoot and a half.
January 1, 2000
Actually pretty entertaining, even for grown-ups, once you get through the first 10.
January 1, 2000
It's not Christmas that's being stolen here. It's the spirit of Dr. Seuss.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
January 1, 2000
The heart of this movie isn't two sizes too small; it's just slightly misplaced.
January 1, 2000
An instant classic that will keep people streaming into multiplexes this year and for many more to come.
January 1, 2000
You've got a stinker that deserves to be locked away in the yuletide bomb shelter along with Scrooged and Santa Claus: The Movie.
Read More | Original Score: 9/100
January 1, 2000
Shrill, overstuffed, spiritless cinematic contraption.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
January 1, 2000
This is Jim Carrey's show, and he just about wraps the movie around his spindly green middle finger.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
January 1, 2000
Generally delightful live-action adaptation of the children's classic.
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
January 1, 2000
Numbingly unhip, nonsensical and just plain dull story.