The Grinch

The Grinch

The Grinch

Academy Award nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange) voices the Christmas-loathing Grinch in this family-friendly animated retelling from Illumination (Despicable Me).

The Grinch lives a solitary life inside a cave on Mt. Crumpet with only his loyal dog, Max, for company. With a cave rigged with inventions and contraptions for his day-to-day needs, the Grinch only sees his neighbours in Who-ville when he runs out of food. Each year at Christmas they disrupt his tranquil solitude with their increasingly bigger, brighter and louder celebrations. When the Whos declare they are going to make Christmas three times bigger this year, the Grinch realises there is only one way for him to gain some peace and quiet: he must steal Christmas.

2018Rating: G90 minsUSA
AnimatedComedyKids & FamilyFantasy
91%
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Reviews & comments

Flicks, Adam Fresco

Flicks, Adam Fresco

flicks

Dr. Seuss’s Christmas classic gets the CGI treatment from Illumination, the studio behind Despicable Me and its cranky villain Gru, who learns to be a nice guy, much like Charles Dickens’ Scrooge. It’s a tried and trusted festive formula but, as with many beloved children’s picture books, the source material’s too short to make a big movie from, and too well-known to ignore. The good news is, as with The Lorax, the producers stick to Seuss’ style, expanding on his surreal illustrations, wholesome morals and rhyming lines.

3.0
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Flicks, Sarah Ward

Flicks, Sarah Ward

flicks

For more than six decades, How the Grinch Stole Christmas! has ranked among Dr Seuss’ most famous creations. Brought to life with the author’s lively illustrations and penchant for rhymes, the grouchy titular character despises all things Christmas – the gifts, the fuss, the people fussing – until, after robbing the inhabitants of Whoville of everything related to the occasion, he realises that there’s more to it than decorations, trees, stockings, feasts and presents. The curmudgeon sees the kindness and joy in others, and starts feeling it himself. As well espousing the true meaning of the season, the illustrated parable champions simply being good to one another. ’Tis the right time for it, and all that.

3.0
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Variety

Variety

press

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.

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Time Out

Time Out

press

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.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

press

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?

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The Guardian

The Guardian

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Takes the book's message that you can't buy Christmas and tops it up with noisy, wacky capering, squishing and flattening Seuss's universe into yet another bland frenetic kids' movie.

2.0
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Stuff

Stuff

press

For all its faults, there is a lot to like about The Grinch as diverting holiday season entertainment though.

3.0
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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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"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.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Dr. Seuss' The Grinch is a vibrant, amusing CG animated feature that gives the big mean, green guy a kinder, gentler makeover.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Despite its story-telling ambition being two sizes too small (much like its hairy protagonist's heart), The Grinch is impossibly cute, visually rich and boasts enough festive fun to satisfy young viewers.

3.0
0
Flicks, Adam Fresco

Flicks, Adam Fresco

flicks

Dr. Seuss’s Christmas classic gets the CGI treatment from Illumination, the studio behind Despicable Me and its cranky villain Gru, who learns to be a nice guy, much like Charles Dickens’ Scrooge. It’s a tried and trusted festive formula but, as with many beloved children’s picture books, the source material’s too short to make a big movie from, and too well-known to ignore. The good news is, as with The Lorax, the producers stick to Seuss’ style, expanding on his surreal illustrations, wholesome morals and rhyming lines.

3.0
0
Flicks, Sarah Ward

Flicks, Sarah Ward

flicks

For more than six decades, How the Grinch Stole Christmas! has ranked among Dr Seuss’ most famous creations. Brought to life with the author’s lively illustrations and penchant for rhymes, the grouchy titular character despises all things Christmas – the gifts, the fuss, the people fussing – until, after robbing the inhabitants of Whoville of everything related to the occasion, he realises that there’s more to it than decorations, trees, stockings, feasts and presents. The curmudgeon sees the kindness and joy in others, and starts feeling it himself. As well espousing the true meaning of the season, the illustrated parable champions simply being good to one another. ’Tis the right time for it, and all that.

3.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

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.

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

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.

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

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?

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Takes the book's message that you can't buy Christmas and tops it up with noisy, wacky capering, squishing and flattening Seuss's universe into yet another bland frenetic kids' movie.

2.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

For all its faults, there is a lot to like about The Grinch as diverting holiday season entertainment though.

3.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

"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.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Dr. Seuss' The Grinch is a vibrant, amusing CG animated feature that gives the big mean, green guy a kinder, gentler makeover.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Despite its story-telling ambition being two sizes too small (much like its hairy protagonist's heart), The Grinch is impossibly cute, visually rich and boasts enough festive fun to satisfy young viewers.

3.0
0