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  • Summary: Based on the beloved children's book by Dr. Seuss, this is the tale of an imaginative elephant named Horton who hears a faint cry for help coming from a tiny speck of dust floating through the air. Although Horton doesn't know it yet, that speck houses an entire city named Who-ville, inhabited by the microscopic Whos, led by the mayor. Despite being ridiculed and threatened by his neighbors, who think he has lost his mind, Horton is determined to save the particle...because "a person's a person, no matter how small." (20th Century Fox) Expand
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  1. Positive: 27 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. A delight, brimming with colorful, elastic characters and bountiful wit.
  4. 75
    Jim Carrey re-invents Horton much as Robin Williams did with the Genie of the Lamp in Disney's animated "Aladdin."
  5. Reviewed by: Matthew Sorrento
    70
    Even if Horton's world can't shine like Whoville, this movie's visuals keeps things vivid, while digital animation is so often crisp, precise, and cold.
  6. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    70
    The real stars of the movie are the animators, who imbue even the overgrowth in Horton's jungle with a certain floppy Seuss-ishness.
  7. 50
    Just because the live-action Seusses have dialed down expectations doesn't mean that Horton shouldn't aspire to more than time-wasting mediocrity. There are precious childhoods at stake here.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 51
  2. Negative: 4 out of 51
  1. RoxasS.
    Dec 15, 2008
    10
    Hyper S, let me guess, you a forty year old, no fun kangaroo? Hmm. Just like in the movie. Unfortunately, I don't think you'll ever see the light, and be bitter forever. OF COURSE YOU WOULDN'T CARE FOR IT, IT'S MEANT FOR KIDS! It's supposed to be simple, and NOT SCARY! What did you think, it was a horror movie! Oooh! Anyways, this is absolutely my favourite movie, despite my age (16). I fell in love with Jojo O'Malley, the small, sad, teenage Who, who feels his father pressures him too much. Expand
  2. KimberlyM.
    Mar 13, 2008
    10
    Superbly animated and hilarious.
  3. Momof3
    Mar 18, 2008
    10
    Great film. I was laughing out loud in spots as were all of the children in the theatre. Certainly a movie for all ages!
  4. CameronG.
    Apr 10, 2008
    8
    Overall it was a great movie and made me laugh a lot. Plus its a good movie to see with your mom.
  5. 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. Expand
  6. Jun 2, 2011
    6
    A beautifully animated picture with a pretty darn good choice in voice talent. However, this film isn't robust enough! It drags, and I found that I was trying to forcibly convince myself that this film was excellent. It wasn't, but it does send a good message to all. Expand
  7. F86S.
    Mar 22, 2008
    0
    that movie is the worst movie i have ever seen. it was the only movie in my life that made me hungry. i rate it a 0 because i think that Ratatouille, which is all about food is better. Expand

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