How the Grinch Stole Christmas
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He's mean, he's green, and he's doesn't like the Yuletide season one bit -- Jim Carrey stars in this live-action adaptation of the classic children's story by Dr. Seuss (aka Theodore Geisel). High atop Mt. Crumpet, the Grinch (Carrey) observes the residents of Whoville joyously preparing to celebrate Christmas. The Grinch was born in Whoville years ago, but was shunned due to his scary appearance, and his unrequited love for Martha May Whovier has turned him bitter; the good cheer of the Whos has been a thorn in his side ever since. Finally the Grinch decides he's had… More

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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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