Dr. Seuss’ the Lorax Reviews

  • The movie is like a less original WALLE, but it's still vibrant and touching.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • The movie is a noisy, useless piece of junk, reverse-engineered into something resembling popular art in accordance with the reigning imperatives of marketing and brand extension.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • It remains faithful to the spirit of Seuss. The pro-conservation, anti-consumerist message of the book is heartily intact. And, like the Seuss story, the film never resorts to sermonizing.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • It looks like a bowl of fuzzy Froot Loops. But it goes down like an order of oatmeal.

    Michael O'Sullivan — Washington Post

  • Despite some schmaltz and pandering, this is a still a nifty feat of protest whose activism now comes mostly from songs.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • Par for the course in blowout CGI adaptations, a great deal of detail and bustle is gained at the expense of charm-for all the miracles these armies of animators can achieve, they have yet to successfully reproduce a humble artist's line.

    Nick Pinkerton — Village Voice

  • Even adults are likely to walk out wondering how our own society has strayed so far from any sensible path ... before hopping into their Lorax-approved Mazda and heading to IHOP for some Truffula Chip pancakes.

    Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News

  • The design is witty and imaginative, and the small grace notes are enough to keep an open-minded adult giggling.

    Chris Vognar — Dallas Morning News

  • May be a diversion for younger children, but it betrays the elegant simplicity of Geisel's vision.

    Bruce Diones — New Yorker

  • [It] does a few smaller things right but the bigger things not quite. I've come to fear these movies.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • Hypocrisy on an epic scale, this computer-animated feature turns the Dr. Seuss classic about corporate greed into a multimillion-dollar toy commercial.

    Ben Sachs — Chicago Reader

  • Did you ever get a package where the bubble wrap was 10 times the volume of the item inside? That's what "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax" is like.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • The film, directed by Chris Renaud and Kyle Balda, adds several characters to the original story -- and a few boffo song-and-dance numbers, as well.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • [The Lorax] has its share of eye-popping amusements, but its wobbly pacing and routine kidpic elements make for an experience that feels not just tiresome and rudderless but antithetical to the Seuss spirit.

    Justin Chang — Variety

  • I am the critic, I speak to displease: "The Lorax" is awful, like chronic disease.

    Kyle Smith — New York Post

  • From the opening song-and-dance production number introducing us to the plastic-loving population of Thneedville, to the adorably comic critters who live in the lush valley, this kid-pleasing movie packs a visual punch and a worthy message.

    Linda Barnard — Toronto Star

  • Directors Chris Renaud and Kyle Balda have filled every scene with funny-looking (or sounding) characters, sight gags, and one-liners to provide constant distraction.

    Leonard Maltin — indieWIRE

  • It's puffed up with lots of extraneous stuff - Super fun for the kids but for grown-ups? Just fluff.

    Jennie Punter — Globe and Mail

  • The result is solidly entertaining - not quite as good as Horton Hears a Who or How the Grinch Stole Christmas - but unquestionably better than The Cat in the Hat. I now await Green Eggs and Ham and the Further Adventures of Sam I Am.

    James Berardinelli — ReelViews

  • Armed with a splendid voice cast and a gorgeously-rendered 3D-CG landscape, Dr. Seuss' The Lorax entertains while delivering its pro-environmental, anti-greed message wrapped in a bright package of primary colors that truly pop.

    Michael Rechtshaffen — Hollywood Reporter

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