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. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    100
    With Carrey hitting a career peak, this Grinch doesn't steal Christmas; it restores the season by helping energize us enough to make it through the whole thing.
  2. He's (Carrey) a marvelous Grinch in this spirited, bustling and mostly faithful spin on Seuss.
  3. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    80
    Carrey is an actor possessed. He's brilliant.
  4. Opulence almost interferes with the movie, weighing it down when it should seem lighter than air, surrounding the inarguably brilliant Carrey with too much frosting and frou-frou.
  5. Carrey is excellent, making the most of his comic gifts even in a cumbersome Grinch outfit, and the eye-spinning color scheme is dazzling to behold.
  6. 70
    Entrancingly lurid live-action fantasy.
  7. Not likely to become any landmark achievement, yet it's sure to earn a berth among the perennial Christmas film classics.
  8. If anything, the real surprise here is how affecting he makes the Grinch's ultimate big hearted turnaround, as Carrey the actor sneaks up on Carrey the wild man dervish. In whichever mode, he carreys the movie.
  9. By far the best and cutest thing about How the Grinch Stole Christmas is the dog Max.
  10. Leave it to Ron Howard to turn a plaintive Dr. Seuss ditty into a C-grade Tim Burton psychodrama.
  11. Reviewed by: Steve Simels
    60
    A smartly stylized hoot.
  12. One overstuffed movie, but it's by no means a turkey.
  13. 50
    I am not a mind-reader and cannot be sure, but I think a lot of children are going to look at this movie with perplexity and distaste. It's just not much fun.
  14. It's a big stuffed turkey of a movie, just in time for the holidays.
  15. Overall, the film sparkles. But it's a curiously unaffecting sparkle, an example, almost, of how the special effects stole Christmas.
  16. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    50
    Overproduced and essentially charmless.
  17. 50
    Noisy, random and hard on the eyes.
  18. 50
    The movie rises to another level whenever its star has a chance to cut loose -- leading the ensemble in a conga line, winning a sack race in slow motion, torching the Whos' Christmas tree while screaming, "Burn baby burn."
  19. The scenes involving just him (Carrey) are funny and full of life. All the other scenes are not.
  20. Reviewed by: Sean Means
    40
    The heart of this movie isn't two sizes too small; it's just slightly misplaced.
  21. Misfires on nearly every possible level.
  22. This new feature has replaced the original's benevolence, taste and wit with cynicism, armpit humor and manic, desperately unfunny padding.
  23. 25
    The dullest, clunkiest, big-budget fantasy since Steven Spielberg flattened Peter Pan in "Hook."
  24. 20
    You will not like it on the screen, you will not like it -- not one scene!
  25. 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.
  26. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    20
    Profoundly unnecessary -- cluttered, padded even at 90 minutes, indifferently narrated by Anthony Hopkins, and consistently misdirected by Ron Howard.
  27. 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.
  28. It's not Christmas that's being stolen here. It's the spirit of Dr. Seuss.
User Score
6.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 91 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. May 2, 2012
    10
    Watched this film at least 6 times now every time I get a little more entertainment, its very quotable and works for all ages Carreys performance is outstanding, its hilarious. Full Review »
  3. Feb 19, 2011
    7
    I'm not a huge Jim Carrey fan, as a matter of a fact I really can't stand 98% of his movies, but this is a good one, granted it's not as good as the original animated movie, but it's still enjoyable, my only complaints are that it doesn't follow the original story that well, but this is a good movie from beginning to end. Full Review »