Box art for Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

children & family, comedy, drama


He's mean, he's green, and he's doesn't like the Yuletide season one bit. Jim Carrey stars in this live-action adaptation of the classic children's story by Dr. Seuss.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    53%
  • Audience Score
    55%

common sense

ON for kids age 6
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
Educational value
2 out of 5
Language
1 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
Positive role models
3 out of 5
Sexy Stuff
0 out of 5
Violence & scariness
3 out of 5

Live-action version of classic has crude, scary moments.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this imaginative version of Dr. Seuss' beloved classic may be too intense and scary for the youngest or most sensitive kids. Ominous music accompanies the Grinch and his cartoon trouble making in multiple scenes. Jim Carrey, behind a rubbery green face, is the master of cackles and distorted facial expressions. A heroic little girl is in danger more than once. Kids who understand the difference between the real and the fantastical will delight in the chaotic, very funny mayhem. So will grown-ups. There are a few moments of crude humor along the way (i.e., the Grinch sticks his butt out and says, "Pucker up and kiss it," and several males ogle a buxom woman).

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how this live-action movie differs from the beloved animated version made for TV. Which do you like better? Which seems truer to the original Dr. Seuss book?
  • Families can also talk about why it's so easy to forget the simple pleasures of the winter holidays, and how damaging it can be to peoples' feelings to tease them about being different.
  • The Grinch often does things that he thinks will make him feel better, but they don't seems to work or help help him forget his loneliness. Why doesn't being bad feel as good as you might think it will?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Unfortunately, Ron Howard is the Grinch who stole Christmas from Jim Carrey.

- Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten:

- Joe Lozito, Big Picture Big Sound, Saturday, October 18, 2008

Rotten: Howard and the rest of the crew do something the late Dr. Seuss never would: take chronological age over the youthful, innocent spirit that lingers untouched in everyone--and never goes out of style.

- Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Moderately amusing Christmas tale. Jim Carrey brings a kinetic performance to the screen as always, but it's unfortunately not enough to "carrey" the movie into greatness (yeah, I know, I'm so funny sometimes). This would probably have worked a lot better as a CG-animated feature, because with live-action actors it looks a little...wrong. And what's with all the tilted camera angles? It's shot in such a bad way, that it's enough to make you motion sick. Not a wise directing-choice by Ron Howard there. In a larger sense, however, it's a pretty good family flick. The message is very obvious, and a bit sickly-sweet, yet somehow I found myself quite moved at the end of it. Had only the rest movie been as good as its last half hour, this could have been a Christmas classic worth returning to. Sadly though it's not, so it'll have to make-do with a mediocre final grade.

- CloudStrife84, Monday, June 20, 2011

3 stars

Moderately amusing Christmas tale. Jim Carrey brings a kinetic performance to the screen as always, but it's unfortunately not enough to "carrey" the movie into greatness (yeah, I know, I'm so funny sometimes). This would probably have worked a lot better as a CG-animated feature, because with live-action actors it looks a little...wrong. And what's with all the tilted camera angles? It's shot in such a bad way, that it's enough to make you motion sick. Not a wise directing-choice by Ron Howard there. In a larger sense, however, it's a pretty good family flick. The message is very obvious, and a bit sickly-sweet, yet somehow I found myself quite moved at the end of it. Had only the rest movie been as good as its last half hour, this could have been a Christmas classic worth returning to. Sadly though it's not, so it'll have to make-do with a mediocre final grade.

- CloudStrife84, Monday, June 20, 2011

3 stars

Moderately amusing Christmas tale. Jim Carrey brings a kinetic performance to the screen as always, but it's unfortunately not enough to "carrey" the movie into greatness (yeah, I know, I'm so funny sometimes). This would probably have worked a lot better as a CG-animated feature, because with live-action actors it looks a little...wrong. And what's with all the tilted camera angles? It's shot in such a bad way, that it's enough to make you motion sick. Not a wise directing-choice by Ron Howard there. In a larger sense, however, it's a pretty good family flick. The message is very obvious, and a bit sickly-sweet, yet somehow I found myself quite moved at the end of it. Had only the rest movie been as good as its last half hour, this could have been a Christmas classic worth returning to. Sadly though it's not, so it'll have to make-do with a mediocre final grade.

- CloudStrife84, Monday, June 20, 2011