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



Critic Consensus: Jim Carrey shines as the Grinch. Unfortunately, it's not enough to save this movie. You'd be better off watching the TV cartoon.

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The curmudgeonly recluse Grinch, who hates Christmas, becomes annoyed with the out-of-control Christmas festivities in Whoville, the town lying below his cave dwelling on Mt. Crumpit. But after the Grinch conspires to deprive the Who's of their favorite holiday by sneaking into town on Christmas eve to steal everything associated with the holiday, he learns that the spirit of Christmas goes much deeper than tinsel and toys.

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Taylor Momsen
as Cindy Lou Who
Jeffrey Tambor
as Mayor May Who
Bill Irwin
as Lou Lou Who
Jeremy Howard
as Drew Lou Who
as Max
Christine Baranski
as Martha May Whovier
T.J. Thyne
as Stu Lou Who
Molly Shannon
as Betty Lou Who
Joshua Ryan Evans
as Young Grinch
Rachel Bailit
as Nurse Who
Lacey Kohl
as Christina Whoterberry
Jim Meskimen
as Officer Wholihan
Clint Howard
as Whobris
Rance Howard
as Elderly Timekeeper
David Costabile
as Biker Who
Mary Stein
as Miss Rue Who
James Ritz
as Crazy Mose
Deep Roy
as Post Office Clerk
Mason Lucero
as Who Boy
Michaela Gallo
as School Girl
Reid Kirchenbauer
as Kid, Whobris
Steve Kehela
as Shopper
Rain Pryor
as Shopper
Kevin Isola
as Tree Trimmer
Mindy Sterling
as Clarnella
Gavin Grazer
as Yodeler
Verne Troyer
as Band Member
Q'Orianka Kilcher
as Little Choir Member
Caroline Williams
as Tiny Who Woman
John Short
as Tiny Who Man
Grainger Esch
as Near Miss Who
Eva Burkley
as Pudding Chef
Bryce Dallas Howard
as Surprised Who
Charles Croughwell
as Balloon Who
Anthony Hopkins
as Narrator, the Narrator
Jim Carrey
as The Grinch
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Critic Reviews for Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas

All Critics (142) | Top Critics (39)

Director Ron Howard aims for the beautifully stylized mayhem of Frank Tashlin and Tim Burton, but he comes closer to the clamorous, headache-inducing visual overkill of Joel Schumacher's Batman movies.

November 6, 2019 | Full Review…
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Director Ron Howard usually lets his comedies gestate organically, but his Grinch is frantic from start to finish.

November 29, 2018 | Full Review…

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

December 24, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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.

February 5, 2008 | Full Review…

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.

February 5, 2008

Shrill, strenuous and entirely without charm.

February 5, 2008

Audience Reviews for Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Jim carrey did a fantastic rendition of this character the Grinch and i would say that this role is actually better than Boris Karloff

Michael Edwards
Michael Edwards

Super Reviewer

When a movie is so bad but so good. Much like the cat in the hat, I'm entertained throughout. If you go in expecting nothing then yiu may be pleasantly surprised.

Film Crazy
Film Crazy

Super Reviewer


Ron Howard expands Dr. Seuss' timeless Christmas story with dazzling visuals and Jim Carrey gives a memorable over-the-top performance. As an overall film, The Grinch offers a lot more depth to its tale that tends to be hollow and unnecessary at times, but the film is a guilty pleasure that's enjoyable, especially during the holiday season 3.5/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

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