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

-Bruce DionesFull Review

The gorgeous and glorious new film of this fable from Universal's Despicable Me team turns a somewhat gloomy, cautionary tale into a 3-D musical, with catchy tunes and gags borrowed from every film from Toy Story to Babe.

-Roger MooreFull Review

Director Chris Renaud and his team have fun with these dithery, frenetic characters. The film is less special when it slows down and takes a breath of fresh air.

-Peter RainerFull Review

This tale is filled with delightful characters and it's sugarcoated with vibrant animation and candy colors.

-Richard RoeperFull Review

The badness of the picture is a shock.

-David EdelsteinFull Review

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 PinkertonFull Review

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

-Ben SachsFull Review

"Dr. Seuss' The Lorax" eschews [Seuss'] unique style in favor of less risky, more generic characters. It looks like something you've seen before.

-Stephen WhittyFull Review

Where "The Lorax" succeeds, it's by letting its Seussian spirit shine through.

-Rafer GuzmanFull Review

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

-Jennie PunterFull Review

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

-Kyle SmithFull Review

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

-Michael O'SullivanFull Review

The whole thing is harmless.

-Amy BiancolliFull Review

This movie version adds a whole lot of other stuff, most of it not very good and not in keeping with the spirit of the Seuss original.

-Kenneth TuranFull Review

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 PuigFull Review

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

-Wesley MorrisFull Review

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

-Chris VognarFull Review

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 CovertFull Review

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. ScottFull Review

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 GoodykoontzFull Review

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 WeitzmanFull Review

It's impossible not to be charmed by "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax," a 3-D animated rendering of the Seuss tale of environmental activism and the power of one person to make a difference.

-Moira MacDonaldFull Review

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 BarnardFull Review

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

-Michael PhillipsFull Review

[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 ChangFull Review

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

-Owen GleibermanFull Review

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 RechtshaffenFull Review

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 BerardinelliFull Review

The flat, non-rhyming dialogue and mainly dull new characters don't feel particularly Seussian. But thankfully, the animation does.

-Andy LeaFull Review

Dr. Seuss' The Lorax is an entertaining and cautionary tale that stays true to the spirit of the good doctor.

-Billy TatumFull Review


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