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The Grinch (2018)



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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Rashida Jones
as Donna Lou Who
Angela Lansbury
as Mayor McGerkle
Cameron Seely
as Cindy-Lou Who
Kenan Thompson
as Mr. Bricklebaum
Michael Beattie
as Store Clerk
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Critic Reviews for The Grinch

All Critics (193) | Top Critics (44)

The Grinch is bright and colorful, but the narrative feels a bit off from the anti-consumerist message that Dr. Seuss may have originally intended.

February 7, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

[The Grinch] is excessively well-meaning and very tame. No doubt it will please those who will always love the story, no matter what shape it takes, but you have to be a fan.

November 26, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Cumberbatch... does not let us down.

November 26, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

It's a beautiful-looking movie. Young kids will like it, but I was kind of bored with it.

November 20, 2018 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

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

November 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.

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

Audience Reviews for The Grinch


The Grinch is the usual formulaic animation feature for the holiday season that is family friendly and keeps the kids glued with its sweet and colourful story telling. Definitely can't go wrong with this one.

Chrisanne Chin
Chrisanne Chin

Super Reviewer


Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas is once again adapted for the big-screen, this time as Dr. Seuss' The Grinch, and once again fails to recapture the spirit and magic of the original. The story follows the curmudgeonly Grinch who lives alone in the mountains and avoids Christmas, but his annoyance with Christmas soon turns to anger when the Whos triple their festivities. The film goes to great lengths to set itself apart from previous versions, including changing Seuss' limericks; which is unfortunate as the new ones aren't as charming and poetic. And the filler subplot about Cindy Lou Who is incredibly formulaic and predictable. Also, the soundtrack is rather garish, featuring a lot of pop-music. Dr. Seuss' The Grinch is an improvement over the live-action version, but it has a number of its own problems.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

Super Reviewer

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

Nate Zoebl
Nate Zoebl

Super Reviewer

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