How the Grinch Stole Christmas 2000

Critics score:
53 / 100

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Susan Stark, Detroit News: Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas means to amaze, beguile, delight. And it will. Read more

Philip Wuntch, Dallas Morning News: Nobody wants to leave Grinch feeling grouchy. And probably nobody will. Read more

Stephen Holden, New York Times: Shrill, overstuffed, spiritless cinematic contraption. Read more

Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader: Cloying fancy gives way to gross-out comedy, twisted social commentary, affecting pathos, and weirdly sexualized romance in this lurid live-action version of the classic children's book. Read more

David Edelstein, Slate: Five-year-olds might go for it, but people who grew up with Jones' version will be looking at their watches and grinding their teeth. Read more

Steve Murray, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: It's the rare holiday movie that manages to entertain the kid in all of us, without forgetting that grownups love the Grinch, too. Read more

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times: Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas is one overstuffed movie, but it's by no means a turkey. Read more

Paul Clinton (, If you have little moviegoers around for the holidays, you should still make the trip to Whovillie. Read more

Steven Rosen, Denver Post: Should be more heartfelt and touching than it is. Read more

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly: This is Jim Carrey's show, and he just about wraps the movie around his spindly green middle finger. Read more

Rick Groen, Globe and Mail: How the Grinch stole Christmas is one kind of larceny. How Jim Carrey steals the picture is another matter entirely. Read more

Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle: Generally delightful live-action adaptation of the children's classic. Read more

John Anderson, Newsday: What they forgot to budget for was heart. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: Carrey enables Ron Howard's version of the classic story to come across as more of a welcome endeavor than a pointless re-tread. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: I think a lot of children are going to look at this movie with perplexity and distaste. Read more

Stephanie Zacharek, Numbingly unhip, nonsensical and just plain dull story. Read more

Peter Stack, San Francisco Chronicle: Overall, the film sparkles. But it's a curiously unaffecting sparkle. Read more

Peter Howell, Toronto Star: This Grinch isn't so bad. It's quite merry. Very! Read more

Time Out: This cinematic candy floss honours the Seussian universe by satirising our own. And Carrey's comic tornado of a performance is a triumph. Read more

Todd McCarthy, Variety: Shrill, strenuous and entirely without charm. Read more

J. Hoberman, Village Voice: Perhaps 20 minutes too long and subject to torpor. Read more

Desson Thomson, Washington Post: It's not Christmas that's being stolen here. It's the spirit of Dr. Seuss. Read more