The Grinch (2018)

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Critic Consensus: The Grinch gives the classic Seuss source material a brightly animated update that's solidly suitable for younger viewers without adding substantially to the story's legacy.

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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 realizes there is only one way for him to gain some peace and quiet: he must steal Christmas. To do so, he decides he will pose as Santa Claus on Christmas Eve, even going so far as to trap a lackadaisical misfit reindeer to pull his sleigh. Meanwhile, down in Who-ville, Cindy-Lou Who-a young girl overflowing with holiday cheer-plots with her gang of friends to trap Santa Claus as he makes his Christmas Eve rounds so that she can thank him for help for her overworked single mother. As Christmas approaches, however, her good-natured scheme threatens to collide with the Grinch's more nefarious one. Will Cindy-Lou achieve her goal of finally meeting Santa Claus? Will the Grinch succeed in silencing the Whos' holiday cheer once and for all?

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Critic Reviews for The Grinch

All Critics (136) | Top Critics (22)

It's best for kids and adults who just can't handle the angry, diabolical monster of films past.

Nov 20, 2018 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

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.

Nov 18, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

"The Grinch" is a respectable, if safe, retelling of Dr. Seuss' holiday classic.

Nov 9, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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..

Nov 9, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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.

Nov 9, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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.

Nov 9, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Grinch

The second go at a twenty-first century feature-length Grinch movie is a thoroughly, spectacularly bland movie. This mediocre enterprise barely stretches to feature length at 86 minutes and it lacks the charm of the original Dr. Seuss cartoon. Benedict Cumberbatch voices the green recluse with his three-sizes-too-small heart set on stealing the Christmas celebration of others. That's great casting, but why is he settling for his Doctor Strange-style American voice? The man has such a natural, rich, velvety voice. Another miscue is the fact that this Grinch isn't really feared by the people of Whoville. He lives just outside of ton and isn't really that mean. He's less a villain and more just a grumpy sad guy who has to over explain everything for the audience to understand ("I thought stealing Christmas would make me feel better, but really I was running from myself..."). This movie is brightly colored and nicely animated but it's strictly just for little kids. The lessons are pretty simplistic. The characters are mostly annoying, precocious, or mute. The humor is mostly slapstick. There is nothing to engage bigger thinkers. This Grinch movie actually made me start re-evaluating the 2000 Ron Howard version, which at least tried something and had an enjoyably hammy Jim Carrey performance with some creepy good makeup prosthetics, and I didn't even like that movie. The new animated Grinch film is inoffensively lackluster. At best it's a disposable 90 minutes to distract easily distractible children and give mom and dad time for a nap. Nate's Grade: C

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