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Dr Seuss' The Lorax Reviews

July 24, 2012
About as factory-produced a film as it's possible to make about the evils of commercialism, while the bulbous, Haribo-hued animation style reflects none of Seuss's visual wit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 19, 2012
May be a diversion for younger children, but it betrays the elegant simplicity of Geisel's vision.
March 16, 2012
Directors Chris Renaud and Kyle Balda have filled every scene with funny-looking (or sounding) characters, sight gags, and one-liners to provide constant distraction.
March 2, 2012
Director Chris Renaud and his team have fun with these dithery, frenetic characters. The film is less special when it slows down and takes a breath of fresh air.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 2, 2012
This tale is filled with delightful characters and it's sugarcoated with vibrant animation and candy colors.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.0/5
March 2, 2012
The badness of the picture is a shock.
March 2, 2012
Par for the course in blowout CGI adaptations, a great deal of detail and bustle is gained at the expense of charm-for all the miracles these armies of animators can achieve, they have yet to successfully reproduce a humble artist's line.
March 2, 2012
Hypocrisy on an epic scale, this computer-animated feature turns the Dr. Seuss classic about corporate greed into a multimillion-dollar toy commercial.
March 2, 2012
"Dr. Seuss' The Lorax" eschews [Seuss'] unique style in favor of less risky, more generic characters. It looks like something you've seen before.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 2, 2012
While the movie is funnier than the book, the drawback of this modernized version is that it loses the timeless quality of the story on the page.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 2, 2012
Where "The Lorax" succeeds, it's by letting its Seussian spirit shine through.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 2, 2012
It's puffed up with lots of extraneous stuff - Super fun for the kids but for grown-ups? Just fluff.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 2, 2012
I am the critic, I speak to displease: "The Lorax" is awful, like chronic disease.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
March 2, 2012
It looks like a bowl of fuzzy Froot Loops. But it goes down like an order of oatmeal.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
March 1, 2012
The whole thing is harmless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 1, 2012
This movie version adds a whole lot of other stuff, most of it not very good and not in keeping with the spirit of the Seuss original.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 1, 2012
The big screen's best treatment of Seuss since the wonderfully weird 1953 kid-flick The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T.
March 1, 2012
It remains faithful to the spirit of Seuss. The pro-conservation, anti-consumerist message of the book is heartily intact. And, like the Seuss story, the film never resorts to sermonizing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 1, 2012
Despite some schmaltz and pandering, this is a still a nifty feat of protest whose activism now comes mostly from songs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 1, 2012
The design is witty and imaginative, and the small grace notes are enough to keep an open-minded adult giggling.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 1, 2012
Did you ever get a package where the bubble wrap was 10 times the volume of the item inside? That's what "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax" is like.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
March 1, 2012
The movie is a noisy, useless piece of junk, reverse-engineered into something resembling popular art in accordance with the reigning imperatives of marketing and brand extension.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
March 1, 2012
The film, directed by Chris Renaud and Kyle Balda, adds several characters to the original story -- and a few boffo song-and-dance numbers, as well.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 1, 2012
Even adults are likely to walk out wondering how our own society has strayed so far from any sensible path ... before hopping into their Lorax-approved Mazda and heading to IHOP for some Truffula Chip pancakes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 1, 2012
It's impossible not to be charmed by "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax," a 3-D animated rendering of the Seuss tale of environmental activism and the power of one person to make a difference.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 1, 2012
From the opening song-and-dance production number introducing us to the plastic-loving population of Thneedville, to the adorably comic critters who live in the lush valley, this kid-pleasing movie packs a visual punch and a worthy message.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 1, 2012
[It] does a few smaller things right but the bigger things not quite. I've come to fear these movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 1, 2012
The Lorax packs all its crucial action into a few key scenes, further exacerbating the feeling that the movie could easily be chopped down into a half-hour TV special, much like the 1972 Seuss-scripted animated adaptation of the same book.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
February 29, 2012
[The Lorax] has its share of eye-popping amusements, but its wobbly pacing and routine kidpic elements make for an experience that feels not just tiresome and rudderless but antithetical to the Seuss spirit.
February 29, 2012
Down go the Truffula trees, out pops Danny DeVito's pissed-off woodland spirit, and suddenly you're watching a cautionary tale that no number of ancillary Lorax toys is going to dispel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 29, 2012
The movie is like a less original WALLE, but it's still vibrant and touching.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
February 29, 2012
Armed with a splendid voice cast and a gorgeously-rendered 3D-CG landscape, Dr. Seuss' The Lorax entertains while delivering its pro-environmental, anti-greed message wrapped in a bright package of primary colors that truly pop.
February 29, 2012
The result is solidly entertaining - not quite as good as Horton Hears a Who or How the Grinch Stole Christmas - but unquestionably better than The Cat in the Hat. I now await Green Eggs and Ham and the Further Adventures of Sam I Am.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4