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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51%

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User Ratings: 12,352
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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 (181) | 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…

Audience Reviews for The Grinch

  • Jan 02, 2019
    The Grinch is the usual formulaic animation feature for the holiday season that is family friendly and keeps the kids glued with its sweet and colourful story telling. Definitely can't go wrong with this one.
    Chrisanne C Super Reviewer
  • Dec 21, 2018
    Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas is once again adapted for the big-screen, this time as Dr. Seuss' The Grinch, and once again fails to recapture the spirit and magic of the original. The story follows the curmudgeonly Grinch who lives alone in the mountains and avoids Christmas, but his annoyance with Christmas soon turns to anger when the Whos triple their festivities. The film goes to great lengths to set itself apart from previous versions, including changing Seuss' limericks; which is unfortunate as the new ones aren't as charming and poetic. And the filler subplot about Cindy Lou Who is incredibly formulaic and predictable. Also, the soundtrack is rather garish, featuring a lot of pop-music. Dr. Seuss' The Grinch is an improvement over the live-action version, but it has a number of its own problems.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 10, 2018
    The obvious, conflicting idea here is that 2018's The Grinch has been crafted purely as a cash grab for Illumination, but preaches a message of the holiday season being more about selflessness and giving than receiving and indulging. I was thirteen in 2000 when the Jim Carrey-fronted and Ron Howard-directed How the Grinch Stole Christmas barreled its way into theaters. I vividly remember being excited to finally be able to see the movie on the big screen and to experience this thing that had been so discussed and so built-up that it truly felt like an event. Remember, these are the days when you had to see movies to be able to see movie trailers and there was always a hope I'd get to catch a glimpse of Carrey as the titular Grinch every time I went to the cinema (which was far less back then). Needless to say, Howard's How the Grinch Stole Christmas swept me up and delivered a sense of wonder I could only dream of, but that they had fully realized. And though I only return to the film once every three or so years around the holiday season it still holds something of special place in my heart despite the growing number of detractors over the years. And so, walking into what felt like a somewhat unnecessary, but completely logical (from a financial perspective) re-telling of the story via the studio that brought us the minions and The Secret Life of Pets there was no reason to expect 2018's The Grinch to be anything other than what it so obviously was intended to be: that aforementioned cash grab. Alas, that's mostly what this 90-minute exercise in "cinematic candy floss" is, but dammit if, by the end of the film, I wasn't wrapped up in the emotional beats of the story that has the viewer feeling sympathy for the grouchy Grinch (I rather liked Cumberbatch's take on the guy-appropriately irritated, but not evil or scary). The film also overcomes the biggest obstacle Howard's feature-length version had trouble with and that was stretching the narrative to such a length without feeling like much of it was padded. While this newest version is a cool fifteen minutes shorter than the live-action version, the pacing (sans a short section in the middle) is consistently even and always manages to be entertaining in more intriguing ways than I might want to give the studio credit for. Each of the characters are immensely likable-Max, new reindeer friend, Fred, along with the crew of town's children led by Cindy-Lou Who (Cameron Seely) each offer something that counters the Grinch's dismissive attitude so as to make him more mindful, if not necessarily more tender towards the many Christmas-themed circumstances he encounters. This is all to try and say without spoiling too much that the two main story strands resolve themselves perfectly and in a heartwarming enough way that it would seem impossible to stay mad at the movie for being one thing and teaching another; at the very least, it offers the value of keeping your children hooked for 90-minutes while conveying an earnest sense of gratitude to the parents willing to spend money on something they've seen before. Who knows, some of the older generations may even be as surprised by 2018's The Grinch as the Grinch was by the true meaning of Christmas.
    Philip P Super Reviewer
  • Nov 30, 2018
    A Feel good adaptation bright and cheery and full of Christmas spirit. Cumberbatch is quite good as the Grinch and the other voice work is enjoyable. You feel good when its over and what more can you ask for! 11-23-2018
    Christopher O Super Reviewer

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