The Grinch

Critics Consensus

The Grinch gives the classic Seuss source material a brightly animated update that's solidly suitable for younger viewers without adding substantially to the story's legacy.



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Each year at Christmas they disrupt his tranquil solitude with their increasingly bigger, brighter and louder celebrations. When the Whos declare they are going to make Christmas three times bigger this year, the Grinch realizes there is only one way for him to gain some peace and quiet: he must steal Christmas. To do so, he decides he will pose as Santa Claus on Christmas Eve, even going so far as to trap a lackadaisical misfit reindeer to pull his sleigh. Meanwhile, down in Who-ville, Cindy-Lou Who-a young girl overflowing with holiday cheer-plots with her gang of friends to trap Santa Claus as he makes his Christmas Eve rounds so that she can thank him for help for her overworked single mother. As Christmas approaches, however, her good-natured scheme threatens to collide with the Grinch's more nefarious one. Will Cindy-Lou achieve her goal of finally meeting Santa Claus? Will the Grinch succeed in silencing the Whos' holiday cheer once and for all?

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All Critics (179) | Top Critics (26)

  • [The Grinch] is excessively well-meaning and very tame. No doubt it will please those who will always love the story, no matter what shape it takes, but you have to be a fan.

    Nov 26, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It's best for kids and adults who just can't handle the angry, diabolical monster of films past.

    Nov 20, 2018 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The latest animated iteration of Christmas' most famous nemesis might not be strictly necessary, but it's still pretty fun - and revamped just enough to feel fresh.

    Nov 18, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • "The Grinch" is a respectable, if safe, retelling of Dr. Seuss' holiday classic.

    Nov 9, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • You're a Mediocre One, Mr. Grinch. Those expecting Cumberbatch to add a little Dr. Strange to his take on Dr. Seuss will be sorely disappointed as this animated take on the Grinch buries its kid audience under a blanket of bland..

    Nov 9, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • From time to time you'll laugh and maybe shed a tear, but this isn't the kind of Grinch you'll want to see each year.

    Nov 9, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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