How the Grinch Stole Christmas
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The curmudgeonly recluse Grinch, who hates Christmas, becomes annoyed with the out-of-control Christmas festivities in Whoville, the town lying below his cave dwelling on Mt. Crumpit. But after the Grinch conspires to deprive the Who's of their favorite holiday by sneaking into town on Christmas eve to steal everything associated with the holiday, he learns that the spirit of Christmas goes much deeper than tinsel and toys.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 53%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ David Edelstein, Slate
"This cinematic candy floss honours the Seussian universe by satirising our own. And Carrey's comic tornado of a performance is a triumph."
‑ , Time Out
"Such a departure from the book, it's not even Dr. Seuss."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Howard and the rest of the crew do something the late Dr. Seuss never would: take chronological age over the youthful, innocent spirit that lingers untouched in everyone--and never goes out of style."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"...A jumbled mess, art-directed to within an inch of its life..."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"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."
‑ Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader
"How the Grinch stole Christmas is one kind of larceny. How Jim Carrey steals the picture is another matter entirely."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"Live-action version of classic has some crude, scary moments."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Parents can relax: Ron Howard's version of Dr. Seuss' tale of the Christmas-napping Grinch is a smartly stylized hoot."
‑ Steve Simels, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Unfortunately, Ron Howard is the Grinch who stole Christmas from Jim Carrey."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"Shrill, strenuous and entirely without charm."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"Perhaps 20 minutes too long and subject to torpor."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"An unforgivable transgression from the usually reliable Ron Howard, "Grinch" boasts the visual polish of a Menards tree aisle and resembles not a cheerful Christmas, but rather what the bloodcurdling onset of a mescaline bender might feel like."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"The costumes astound, the sight gags abound, but the heart, oh the heart, now that must be found."
‑ Vera H-C Chan, Contra Costa Times
"A holiday gift, The Grinch just may steal the hearts of kids and grown-ups alike."
‑ Thomas Delapa, Boulder Weekly
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