Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: November 17, 2000
DVD Release Date: November 20, 2001
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Critic Score: 53% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Jim Carrey shines as the Grinch. Unfortunately, it's not enough to save this movie. You'd be better off watching the TV cartoon.

David Edelstein

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.

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Time Out

This cinematic candy floss honours the Seussian universe by satirising our own. And Carrey's comic tornado of a performance is a triumph.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Such a departure from the book, it's not even Dr. Seuss.

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Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader

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.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

How the Grinch stole Christmas is one kind of larceny. How Jim Carrey steals the picture is another matter entirely.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Live-action version of classic has some crude, scary moments.

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Todd McCarthy

Shrill, strenuous and entirely without charm.

J. Hoberman
Village Voice

Perhaps 20 minutes too long and subject to torpor.

Nick Rogers
The Film Yap

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 55% Flixster User Reviews
Film Crazy
When a movie is so bad but so good. Much like the cat in the hat, I'm entertained throughout. If you go in expecting nothing then yiu may be pleasantly… More
Michael Edwards
Jim carrey did a fantastic rendition of this character the Grinch and i would say that this role is actually better than Boris Karloff
Eugene Bernabe
Ron Howard expands Dr. Seuss' timeless Christmas story with dazzling visuals and Jim Carrey gives a memorable over-the-top performance. As an overall film,… More
Jennifer Xu
I cannot in the least bit fathom why anyone would consider this entertainment. It's so obnoxious, loud, and offensive.
danny d
Coxxie Mild Sauce
Jim Carrey can still pull me out of my slipping, quicksand depression but you know, just fuck every other actor in this movie and the director for not putting a… More