The Lorax

Movie review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 5+

Dr. Seuss classic is cute, but watch for product tie-ins.

PG 2012 94 minutes

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age 6+

Based on 82 reviews

Kids say

age 6+

Based on 123 reviews

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age 18+

Avoid Lorax

It is no more than a political brainwashing of our children. I am against any political agenda pushed onto children.
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age 5+

WARNING: this movie is chock-full of propaganda

I was really disappointed in the overwhelming amount of propaganda in this film. It seems as though the sole intent of this movie was to demonize any all all industries which utilize trees in their manufacturing. The story was very one-sided, and didn't even attempt to address responsible ways to use our natural resources, such as tree farms. We should be teaching our kids how to be responsible stewards of our environment, not tell them that any use of a plant is equivalent to murder (as shown by the placing of "gravestones" around the first tree cut down by the Once-ler). If we all believed that, then we would all starve! After the movie was over, I actually had to explain to my 6-year old that it's ok to use toilet paper and writing paper, as these use trees which are grown on farms like any other crop. After all of the propaganda in the film, she was understandably confused. I am not naive; I know the book, and I expected a warm and fuzzy "be kind to the earth" message, but I did not expect the heavy-handed and completely one-sided way this extreme environmentalist message was crammed down our throats. This movie should have come with a warning label!
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