How the Grinch Stole Christmas Image
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 127 Ratings

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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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 29
  2. Negative: 8 out of 29
  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. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    80
    Carrey is an actor possessed. He's brilliant.
  3. 70
    Entrancingly lurid live-action fantasy.
  4. Portland Oregonian
    Reviewed by: Shawn Levy
    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: 28 out of 51
  2. Negative: 13 out of 51
  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. AdamS
    Nov 27, 2009
    10
    This is a phenomenal movie, I can't believe the bad reviews! I watch this every christmas, easily the best christmas movie. Those who This is a phenomenal movie, I can't believe the bad reviews! I watch this every christmas, easily the best christmas movie. Those who don't like the film must seriously lack humour. Expand
  3. Dec 26, 2013
    8
    It if full of such enchantment and holiday spirit. A wonderfully executed tale that has heart and a lot of laughs. It is a great ChristmasIt if full of such enchantment and holiday spirit. A wonderfully executed tale that has heart and a lot of laughs. It is a great Christmas movie to see year and year out. Expand
  4. Jan 12, 2013
    6
    Gives Christmas spirit.
  5. Dec 27, 2014
    6
    Without Jim Carey, this would've been a decent Christmas movie... The story is nothing special but i bet you'll have fun! Not gonna' spoilWithout Jim Carey, this would've been a decent Christmas movie... The story is nothing special but i bet you'll have fun! Not gonna' spoil anything. Recommended Expand
  6. Jul 25, 2015
    5
    My enjoyment of this movie depends what mood I'm in at the time. If I'm in a good mood, then I'll enjoy the movie. Otherwise, I'll beMy enjoyment of this movie depends what mood I'm in at the time. If I'm in a good mood, then I'll enjoy the movie. Otherwise, I'll be instantly bored, balancing it out to a 5/10. Expand

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