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
    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
    Carrey is an actor possessed. He's brilliant.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  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
    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. Overall, the film sparkles. But it's a curiously unaffecting sparkle, an example, almost, of how the special effects stole Christmas.
  15. 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."
  16. It's a big stuffed turkey of a movie, just in time for the holidays.
  17. 50
    Noisy, random and hard on the eyes.
  18. The scenes involving just him (Carrey) are funny and full of life. All the other scenes are not.
  19. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    Overproduced and essentially charmless.
  20. Reviewed by: Sean Means
    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. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    Profoundly unnecessary -- cluttered, padded even at 90 minutes, indifferently narrated by Anthony Hopkins, and consistently misdirected by Ron Howard.
  25. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    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.
  26. 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.
  27. It's not Christmas that's being stolen here. It's the spirit of Dr. Seuss.
  28. 20
    You will not like it on the screen, you will not like it -- not one scene!
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 106 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 45
  2. Negative: 12 out of 45
  1. Oct 9, 2011
    Not really much to present, but nevertheless its still a entertaining Christmas film.
  2. SqueegieB.
    Jan 4, 2006
    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
    Very depressing. With one of the worst soundtracks of all time.