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

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas Reviews

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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.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
February 5, 2008
Shrill, strenuous and entirely without charm.
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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.
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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
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
August 17, 2001
Perhaps 20 minutes too long and subject to torpor.
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: B
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
January 1, 2000
Nobody wants to leave Grinch feeling grouchy. And probably nobody will.
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Robert Horton
Film.com
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.
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
January 1, 2000
Should be more heartfelt and touching than it is.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas means to amaze, beguile, delight. And it will.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
January 1, 2000
This Grinch isn't so bad. It's quite merry. Very!
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Overall, the film sparkles. But it's a curiously unaffecting sparkle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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.
| Original Score: A-
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January 1, 2000
If you have little moviegoers around for the holidays, you should still make the trip to Whovillie.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
January 1, 2000
This oddly heavy-spirited movie version is clearly two sizes too big.
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John Anderson
Newsday
January 1, 2000
What they forgot to budget for was heart.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
January 1, 2000
At its center, it has Carrey, whose nasty, catty Grinch is a hoot and a half.
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
January 1, 2000
Actually pretty entertaining, even for grown-ups, once you get through the first 10.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
It's not Christmas that's being stolen here. It's the spirit of Dr. Seuss.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Sean P. Means
Film.com
January 1, 2000
The heart of this movie isn't two sizes too small; it's just slightly misplaced.
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
January 1, 2000
An instant classic that will keep people streaming into multiplexes this year and for many more to come.
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Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz
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.
| Original Score: 9/100
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 1, 2000
Shrill, overstuffed, spiritless cinematic contraption.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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-
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Generally delightful live-action adaptation of the children's classic.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
Numbingly unhip, nonsensical and just plain dull story.