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

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Critic Reviews

  1. Boston Globe
    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. 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. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Michael Wilmington
    75
    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. New York Post
    Reviewed by: Jonathan Foreman
    63
    By far the best and cutest thing about How the Grinch Stole Christmas is the dog Max.
  10. San Francisco Examiner
    Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    63
    Leave it to Ron Howard to turn a plaintive Dr. Seuss ditty into a C-grade Tim Burton psychodrama.
User Score
6.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 127 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 51
  2. Negative: 13 out of 51
  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 CarreysWatched 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. 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 »