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How the Grinch Stole Christmas

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Live-action take on classic has some crude, scary moments.

Movie PG 2000 105 minutes
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age 9+

Based on 30 parent reviews

age 8+


Did Carey read the script first, or was he too busy counting his money? This movie is totally forgetable. Carey was terrible. Don't bother to see it. Save your money.
age 8+

The Grinch's heart grows 3 sizes

A Unforgettable Christmas Classic!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (30 ):
Kids say (86 ):

Jim Carrey and the Grinch were made for each other, while Taylor Momsen, as Cindy Lou Who, is adorable without being sugary. The script has some clever lines, including a parody of the film's director (former Andy Griffith Show star Ron Howard) and a dig at those who say that "kids today are desensitized by movies and television." Another of the movie's great joys is hearing Anthony Hopkins reads Seuss' words the way we have always heard them in our hearts.

Bill Irwin as Cindy Lou's harried mailman father, Jeffrey Tambor as the vain mayor, and Christine Baranksi as a Who with Christmas decorations that would make Martha Stewart gnash her teeth in envy all make vivid impressions. Whoville, as imagined by production designer Michael Corenblith, is the most magical setting since Dorothy landed in Munchkinland. The structures suspend the laws of gravity; there are a fantastic series of archways, bridges, stairs and spirals. Whoville clothes and hairstyles echo these shapes and then are topped with candy canes, cups of hot chocolate, and frosted cookies. Overall How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a bright, colorful addition to family-friendly Christmas fare.

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