Metascore
46

Mixed or average reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 29
  2. Negative: 8 out of 29
  1. Misfires on nearly every possible level.
  2. This new feature has replaced the original's benevolence, taste and wit with cynicism, armpit humor and manic, desperately unfunny padding.
  3. 25
    The dullest, clunkiest, big-budget fantasy since Steven Spielberg flattened Peter Pan in "Hook."
  4. 20
    You will not like it on the screen, you will not like it -- not one scene!
  5. So clogged with kooky gadgetry and special effects and glitter and goo that watching it feels like being gridlocked at Toys "R" Us during the Christmas rush.
  6. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    20
    Profoundly unnecessary -- cluttered, padded even at 90 minutes, indifferently narrated by Anthony Hopkins, and consistently misdirected by Ron Howard.
  7. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    20
    Shrill, strenuous and entirely without charm, Ron Howard's attempt at a Christmas classic is an elaborately wrapped empty box that will fool many people into buying it but will not greatly please its recipients.
  8. It's not Christmas that's being stolen here. It's the spirit of Dr. Seuss.
User Score
6.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 100 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 44
  2. Negative: 12 out of 44
  1. Oct 9, 2011
    7
    Not really much to present, but nevertheless its still a entertaining Christmas film.
  2. SqueegieB.
    Jan 4, 2006
    2
    This movie was a massecre of the origional cartoon. never in my wildest dreames have i thought that i would see a good movie be slapdashed in This movie was a massecre of the origional cartoon. never in my wildest dreames have i thought that i would see a good movie be slapdashed in such a way!!!! Full Review »
  3. JeffF.
    Jan 19, 2006
    3
    Very depressing. With one of the worst soundtracks of all time.