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  • Summary: Ron Howard directs comedian Jim Carrey in the title role of this live-action adaptation of Dr. Seuss's beloved Christmas tale How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
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. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    80
    Carrey is an actor possessed. He's brilliant.
  3. 70
    Entrancingly lurid live-action fantasy.
  4. 50
    Noisy, random and hard on the eyes.
  5. Overall, the film sparkles. But it's a curiously unaffecting sparkle, an example, almost, of how the special effects stole Christmas.
  6. Reviewed by: Sean Means
    40
    The heart of this movie isn't two sizes too small; it's just slightly misplaced.
  7. 20
    You will not like it on the screen, you will not like it -- not one scene!

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 45
  2. Negative: 12 out of 45
  1. 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. Expand
  2. JaredB
    Nov 19, 2007
    10
    From reading other critics' reviews, I can only assume that they were expecting something along the lines of Shakespeare. This is a Jim From reading other critics' reviews, I can only assume that they were expecting something along the lines of Shakespeare. This is a Jim Carrey film. So, obviously, that's not gonna happen. My advice is to just take the movie for what it is: a light, breezy, and very funny adaptation of one of Dr. Seuss' best works. This has something the animated version didn't have. This one actually explains what made the Grinch such a jerk. Trust me, if I had been picked on as much as he was, I'd have anger issues too. I loved the way this movie dared to explore his attitude from that angle. This film was directed with an enormous amount of energy by Ron Howard. The casting was probably the most brilliant thing about this film. Besides Carrey, the best casting decision was a little girl named Taylor Momsen, who is absolutely wonderful as Cindy Lou, the heroine of the story. I also enjoyed Jeffrey Tambor as the Mayor of Whoville. All I can say is, some critics just need to lighten up and enjoy movies for what they are instead of what they could be. Expand
  3. Mar 9, 2013
    8
    Its a very memorable film that will definetly be watched over and over even by people who hate it, The Grinch suceeds in many ways, not toIts a very memorable film that will definetly be watched over and over even by people who hate it, The Grinch suceeds in many ways, not to mention Carrey's stunning performance as this creeper in make-up. Expand
  4. 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 goodI'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. Expand
  5. Oct 22, 2013
    6
    Ron Howard may have struck gold with us, but some of his other films don't live up to that expectation. This movie is quirky, weird, andRon Howard may have struck gold with us, but some of his other films don't live up to that expectation. This movie is quirky, weird, and unsettling. While it works in some places, most of it is not up to par. But, Jim Carrey plays the Grinch damn well. Expand
  6. [Anonymous]
    Dec 11, 2005
    4
    Okay in itself, but the Grinch seems pedophilic... the Whos are obsessed, and the mayor is just wierd... It strays off the whole POINT of the Okay in itself, but the Grinch seems pedophilic... the Whos are obsessed, and the mayor is just wierd... It strays off the whole POINT of the book, and Cindy Lou is an annoying little stalker. Expand

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