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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. AdamS
    Nov 27, 2009
    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. DarrenS.
    Mar 30, 2010
    Jim carrey carreys every scene he's in. But not only that, the costume design and the make up is brilliant. Great atmosphere! But having a love interest and having an actual backstory is wrong. If Tim Burton directed it, I would give it a perfect 10. So, I give it an 8, bravo Jim bravo! Expand
  4. Oct 9, 2011
    Not really much to present, but nevertheless its still a entertaining Christmas film.
  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. Jan 12, 2013
    Gives Christmas spirit.

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