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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
    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
    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. It's a big stuffed turkey of a movie, just in time for the holidays.
  6. Reviewed by: Sean Means
    The heart of this movie isn't two sizes too small; it's just slightly misplaced.
  7. It's not Christmas that's being stolen here. It's the spirit of Dr. Seuss.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 44
  2. Negative: 12 out of 44
  1. May 2, 2012
    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. Expand
  2. Mar 9, 2013
    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 to mention Carrey's stunning performance as this creeper in make-up. Expand
  3. Dec 26, 2013
    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 Christmas movie to see year and year out. Expand
  4. Feb 19, 2011
    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. Expand
  5. Nov 12, 2013
    A wonderful holiday tale that will mesmerize all ages.
    With impeccable acting from Jim Carey and with the artful direction of Ron Howard, How
    The Grinch Stole Christmas is victorious. Expand
  6. Oct 22, 2013
    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, 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

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