Dr Seuss' The Lorax Reviews

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July 26, 2012
A film that's fatally lacking in humanity, and looks as flashy, plastic and commercialised as the world Dr Seuss condemned.
July 26, 2012
It looks bright and clean and sharp. But there is no charm or life.
July 26, 2012
It is like delirium tremens, only less fun.
July 26, 2012
Younger children should be satisfied.
July 26, 2012
When a film misses the point as cretinously as The Lorax does, it really gets the blood up, although perhaps the lesson to learn here is simply that Seuss's aesthetic resists a cinematic treatment.
July 26, 2012
Lacks personality and charm, and ends up feeling, somewhat ironically, like a cynical exercise in commercialisation.
July 26, 2012
Amidst all the padding and razzle-dazzle 3D CGI, the Lorax himself and his grumpy admonitions are pushed to the margins - but the Once-ler's musical number 'How Bad Can I Be?' operates as an anthem for the self-serving, cynical casuistry of our own times.
July 25, 2012
Irresistibly colourful and its timeless environmental message is useful to for children to be aware of in a general sense before they are hit by more politically convenient 'global warming' arguments in later life.
July 25, 2012
Beautifully rendered and charmingly told, this family animation packs more of an environmental punch than most kids' fare.
July 25, 2012
Watchable eco-friendly comedy that scrapes a pass thanks to lively animation, colourful characters and a handful of amusing gags, though the script is rather thin and the plot feels both lazy and underdeveloped.
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.
July 23, 2012
Lovely to look at and with some fun material not of Seuss' invention, but it's too hectoring, like reading an environmental textbook with jolly pictures.
July 16, 2012
The Lorax is immensely colourful, catchy and cheery. Then again, it's also gaudy, bland and recycled. You can do better.
June 27, 2012
Bright and breezy and slightly preachy, this modern Lorax entertains but never soars.
June 22, 2012
It's a visual delight; all beautifully-designed 3D animation, detailed sight gags and unique characters shaped in Seuss's immediately recognisable style.
May 17, 2012
The film's animation is very colorful and imaginative, reflecting the original artwork of Theodor Seuss Geisel. Although there is a definite environmental message in the film, it is also a story of empowerment.
May 10, 2012
And just to make all this Hollywoodization--this snappy, fizzy, poppy enviro-libation, sugar-coated for the ADD-kid generation--even more delicious to swallow, well, the look of it all seems oddly plastic and hollow.
April 30, 2012
For all its good intentions, there's something deeply unsettling about this bubblegum pop approach to environmentalism.
April 21, 2012
It's nice to see Seuss on the loose on the big screen again.
April 20, 2012
The Lorax wants so much to be adorable that it loses sight of its stated messages; the film feels synthetic and lacks the conviction of the source material.
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