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The Grinch Reviews

November 18, 2018
The latest animated iteration of Christmas' most famous nemesis might not be strictly necessary, but it's still pretty fun - and revamped just enough to feel fresh.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
November 9, 2018
"The Grinch" is a respectable, if safe, retelling of Dr. Seuss' holiday classic.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
November 9, 2018
You're a Mediocre One, Mr. Grinch. Those expecting Cumberbatch to add a little Dr. Strange to his take on Dr. Seuss will be sorely disappointed as this animated take on the Grinch buries its kid audience under a blanket of bland..
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 9, 2018
From time to time you'll laugh and maybe shed a tear, but this isn't the kind of Grinch you'll want to see each year.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 9, 2018
It does not surpass the Chuck Jones version (or having the book read aloud by a parent, which is still ideal) but it is far superior to the Carrey film and should become a welcome family tradition.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 9, 2018
A critic needs only two words to dispense with The Grinch; the first one is bah.
November 8, 2018
"The Grinch" is beautiful to look at, and diverting enough. The material written to fill out the story is entertaining, but it doesn't resonate. You can't top what Seuss wrote.
November 8, 2018
There's no aspect in which the 2018 version seems like anything but a hapless, bloated imitation.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
November 8, 2018
The film is mainly a series of slapstick episodes, not always neatly hung together, and with barely any memorable side characters. Even the Grinch himself fails to make a massive impact at times.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 8, 2018
Newcomers to the tale will enjoy it, at least as much as they have other offerings from Illumination Entertainment, the cheer factory behind Despicable Me, Minions and Dr. Seuss' The Lorax.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 8, 2018
In an odd way, "The Grinch" feels like a kid's version of last year's "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 8, 2018
The underlying bones of "The Grinch" are so solid the movie can't help but be moderately pleasing.
November 8, 2018
While the first "Grinch" I will always adore It's possible that there's still room for one more. Hearing the Who's sing their songs to the skies - It's still movie magic, whatever the size.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 7, 2018
Advising folks not to touch all this with a 39 1/2-foot pole would be hyperbole -- but don't expect this to be the start of your family's newest holiday viewing tradition, either.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 7, 2018
This film is the equivalent of your third or fourth favorite present on any given holiday. It will entertain a few children in the moment, satisfy a few adults who are barely paying attention, then quickly be forgotten.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 7, 2018
While ostensibly explaining how the Grinch got so Grinch-like, it also inclines the viewer to raise other questions. How did he score that mountaintop mansion? What's with the elaborately twisted pipe organ?
November 7, 2018
The feeble script by Michael LeSieur and Tommy Swerdlow... never lets us forget how low the bar has been set for such family entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
November 7, 2018
Illumination's focus on cartoon villainy should set it apart. But by this point, the filmmakers have softened the very concept of "bad" into just another bowl of brightly colored sugary mush.
Full Review | Original Score: C
November 7, 2018
Dr. Seuss' The Grinch is a vibrant, amusing CG animated feature that gives the big mean, green guy a kinder, gentler makeover.
November 7, 2018
Cumberbatch, in his droll and tasteful way, respects the grinchiness of the Grinch: that he's a force of mischievous mayhem who represents something in all of us - the potential to be bad when unhappiness takes over.
November 7, 2018
Bright, both in its color palette and in the wit and liveliness of the storytelling.