Dr Seuss' The Lorax Reviews

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April 26, 2019
The man otherwise known as Dr. Seuss has been injured by Hollywood.
August 23, 2018
Its execution lacks a great deal of finesse and too often opts for methods that cheapen the overall didactic in favour of Hollywood thrills and spills.
August 14, 2018
While director Chris Renaud's experienced animation-orientated eye may account for some of its successes, the final product ends up being detrimental to a beloved story, and is at best only intermittently engaging.
July 1, 2016
Fortunately, there were lots of kids at the screening. You gotta watch 'em. They were giggling, singing along, bouncing, and happily kicking the reviewer's seat. Bingo.
March 21, 2013
It's heart is in the right place, but the execution isn't quite what it needs to be to excel.
August 25, 2012
Three minutes of substance, 91 minutes of shrill filler.
August 12, 2012
Illumination Entertainment has dispensed with almost all of Dr Seuss' endearing dialogue, which is a shame, because the film could do with more of a personality of its own.
August 7, 2012
A mostly harmless, cute and cuddly pop-infused babysitter for the ADD generation, but a wretched adaptation of Seuss' classic work.
July 30, 2012
[Hollywood] simply doesn't see girls' and women's lives and needs as worthy of telling stories about... not even when one particular girl's desires are the obvious driver for the story being told.
July 30, 2012
It's a didactic piece with too much prose, too many chases and not enough wit. Small children will probably like it, but they deserve better.
July 27, 2012
It stinks.
July 27, 2012
Hollywood has found it tricky translating the whimsical magic of Dr Seuss' tales from page to screen and the makers of The Lorax don't fully pull off the feat here.
July 26, 2012
A film that's fatally lacking in humanity, and looks as flashy, plastic and commercialised as the world Dr Seuss condemned.
July 26, 2012
It looks bright and clean and sharp. But there is no charm or life.
July 26, 2012
It is like delirium tremens, only less fun.
July 26, 2012
When a film misses the point as cretinously as The Lorax does, it really gets the blood up, although perhaps the lesson to learn here is simply that Seuss's aesthetic resists a cinematic treatment.
July 26, 2012
Lacks personality and charm, and ends up feeling, somewhat ironically, like a cynical exercise in commercialisation.
July 24, 2012
About as factory-produced a film as it's possible to make about the evils of commercialism, while the bulbous, Haribo-hued animation style reflects none of Seuss's visual wit.
July 16, 2012
The Lorax is immensely colourful, catchy and cheery. Then again, it's also gaudy, bland and recycled. You can do better.
May 10, 2012
And just to make all this Hollywoodization--this snappy, fizzy, poppy enviro-libation, sugar-coated for the ADD-kid generation--even more delicious to swallow, well, the look of it all seems oddly plastic and hollow.
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