Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. 91
    Stays true to the spirit and characters of the book while embellishing it to overflowing.
  2. Finally! For the first time, Hollywood has made a whimsical, witty, feature-length version of Dr. Seuss that's neither overblown nor smutty nor emotionally hollow.
  3. I don't wish to give offense here, but it certainly doesn't hurt that Mary Lou is voiced by that famously small bundle of energy Isla Fisher. (She's 5-foot-2.)
  4. If I ran the circus, the gang that made the sturdy, witty, inventively animated Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! would get first dibs on any future movie productions of the Theodor Seuss Geisel canon.
  5. Reviewed by: Travis Nichols
    83
    It's a loving and attentive take on a charming classic.
  6. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    88
    The look of the story is an undeniable treat, and the message it weaves is both funny and sweet. Horton Hears a Who! is razzle-dazzling and artful, and it builds on Seuss' words by the clever cart-full.
User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 113 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 50
  2. Negative: 4 out of 50
  1. Oct 23, 2011
    4
    Horton Hears a who! But I don't hear anything.
  2. Dec 17, 2011
    8
    Horton Hears a Who! may be simplistic in story, but that doesn't keep it from having charm. Great visuals and faithfulness to the book make it a very interesting animated film. Full Review »
  3. Apr 15, 2014
    7
    Props to "Horton Hears a Who!" for staying true to Seuss' words, but the movie, like "The Lorax" is awkward in some ways. Since the Dr. Seuss books weren't very long, it is hard to make a full-length feature film about them. Particular to this movie, Jim Carey was rather annoying as Horton. Full Review »