How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Movie review by Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 8+

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

PG 2000 105 minutes

Parents say

age 9+

Based on 35 reviews

Kids say

age 7+

Based on 78 reviews

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age 18+

THE GRINCH IS A DISGUSTING MOVIE WITH HORRIBLY DISCEIVING MESSAGES THAT WILL CAUSE NIGHTMARES FOR KIDS OF ALL AGES. JIM CARREY ABSOLUTELY SUCKS. THE GRINCHS HEART NEVER GROWS THREE SIZES BIGGER IT IS ALL A LIE JUST SO HE CAN STEAL CHRISTMAS AGAIN.

IF YOU WANT YOUR CHILDREN TO HAVE A HAPPY LIFE DO NOT AT ALL COSTS ALLOW THEM TO WATCH THIS MOVIE.

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Too much sex
Too much swearing
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age 12+

Language disappointing

It wasn’t scary for our kids but the use of language (“what the hell” and “bitchin’”) has no place in a kids’ movie. That’s enough for me to say we won’t be watching it again.

This title has:

Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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