How the Grinch Stole Christmas2000

Critics score:
53 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

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 (, 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, 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