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Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Too mature for the kids who are reading the book.

Movie PG 2003 82 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 46 parent reviews

age 18+


This adaption of the popular kid’s book is horrifying. The Cat look like something out of a horror movie.
age 18+


I’m so scared of it but it also also a cinematic art piece

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (46 ):
Kids say (115 ):

The great thing about the irrepressibly anarchic Cat in the Hat is that even Hollywood can't contain him. They can stretch out the story with filler that ranges from the superfluous to the distracting and once in a while reaches the level of oh-no-not-that-again. But every time the Cat takes over, it is entertaining. Meyers' energy and audacity -- and his astonishingly animated expressions under all that fur -- keep the movie on track. This is important because very little of what is added to the story is worth the effort.

The mom-neighbor subplot isn't very original or interesting, but fortunately it does not take too much time away from the real story, which is the undeniable pleasure of watching the Cat destroy and create chaos in the perfect house. That's what keeps this movie working. We get both the fun of imagining all of that and the satisfaction of a happy ending. And Meyers is simply a hoot to watch, with able support from the kids (especially Fanning) and the fish (voice of Sean Hayes).

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