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Dr Seuss' The Lorax (2012)

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Average Rating: 5.9/10
Reviews Counted: 147
Fresh: 79 | Rotten: 68

Dr. Seuss' The Lorax is cute and funny enough but the moral simplicity of the book gets lost with the zany Hollywood production values.

48

Average Rating: 5.9/10
Critic Reviews: 31
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 16

Dr. Seuss' The Lorax is cute and funny enough but the moral simplicity of the book gets lost with the zany Hollywood production values.

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The 3D-CGI feature Dr. Seuss' The Lorax is an adaptation of Dr. Seuss' classic tale of a forest creature who shares the enduring power of hope. The animated adventure follows the journey of a boy as he searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world. -- (C) Universal

PG,

Animation, Kids & Family

Cinco Paul, Ken Daurio

Aug 7, 2012

$213.9M

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All Critics (148) | Top Critics (31) | Fresh (79) | Rotten (68) | DVD (1)

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 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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May be a diversion for younger children, but it betrays the elegant simplicity of Geisel's vision.

March 19, 2012 Full Review Source: New Yorker | Comments (7)
New Yorker
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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.

March 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Comments (2)
Christian Science Monitor
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This tale is filled with delightful characters and it's sugarcoated with vibrant animation and candy colors.

March 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com | Comments (7)
Richard Roeper.com
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The badness of the picture is a shock.

March 2, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Magazine | Comments (26)
New York Magazine
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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.

March 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Village Voice | Comments (11)
Village Voice
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It's heart is in the right place, but the execution isn't quite what it needs to be to excel.

March 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

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

October 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Star
Daily Star

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

September 18, 2012 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

Three minutes of substance, 91 minutes of shrill filler.

August 25, 2012 Full Review Source: CraveOnline
CraveOnline

A delightful animated feature with special appeal for tree lovers.

August 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

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 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Fan The Fire
Fan The Fire

A mostly harmless, cute and cuddly pop-infused babysitter for the ADD generation, but a wretched adaptation of Seuss' classic work.

August 7, 2012 Full Review Source: IGN DVD
IGN DVD

[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 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher | Comments (3)
Flick Filosopher

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 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Observer [UK] | Comment (1)
Observer [UK]

The catchy songs, personable characters and heartfelt message mean this is still a sweet and enjoyable concoction.

July 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Radio Times | Comment (1)
Radio Times

It stinks.

July 27, 2012 Full Review Source: This is London | Comment (1)
This is London

Musical numbers, gorgeous design and a brilliant motorbike chase through the deliciously surreal Thneedville lift this from being a preachy, eco-friendly plod to a witty and comical adventure.

July 27, 2012 Full Review Source: SFX Magazine
SFX Magazine

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 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

Underlying messages of unity and self-sacrifice for a greater good are admirable, drizzled with mawkish sentimentality to sweeten the pill.

July 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Liverpool Echo
Liverpool Echo

A film that's fatally lacking in humanity, and looks as flashy, plastic and commercialised as the world Dr Seuss condemned.

July 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK] | Comment (1)
Daily Mail [UK]

It looks bright and clean and sharp. But there is no charm or life.

July 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

It is like delirium tremens, only less fun.

July 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

Younger children should be satisfied.

July 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

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 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Lacks personality and charm, and ends up feeling, somewhat ironically, like a cynical exercise in commercialisation.

July 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Audience Reviews for Dr Seuss' The Lorax

He he he!
November 6, 2013
Adriel Lim

Super Reviewer

Another good story from Dr. Seuss. Good movie for kids, but still makes adult person to realize something.
May 5, 2013
"The Lorax", colorfully animated and wonderfully exuberant, does a great job conveying a Dr. Seuss-esque world, but like always, Hollywood always needs to dumb down the main core of what made the source material such a classic: the message. Instead, Hollywood has managed to fluff the presentation and everything about its style to, altogether, cater to "children's needs". The book, undoubtedly, does a better job, but nevertheless, this film isn't too bad. It's a good time, but I recommend reading the book to your children first before watching an above-average Dr. Seuss adaptation.
January 29, 2013
Albert Kim

Super Reviewer

Talk about bad storytelling, the plot was split down the middle with little to no encompassing relationships. The Lorax played little to no role, the protagonist and his quest for "love" is about as real as the trees littered in the city of whateverthefuck. The theme is delivered with such... heavy handed simplicity you can't help but feel like patronized. (especially after seeing it done so well with Wall-e)

The music? Forgettable. I'm also embarrassed for the attempted "awe" factor with all the annoyingly voiced forest animals.

All in all I feel sorry for the talented animation/art team that had to work on this piece of crap.
November 17, 2012
Drake Tsui

Super Reviewer

    1. Mr. O'Hare: Let it die Let it die!
    – Submitted by Bob K (6 months ago)
    1. The Lorax: Which way does a tree fall?
    2. The Once-ler: Uh, down?
    3. The Lorax: A tree falls the way it leans. Be careful which way you lean.
    – Submitted by Adam H (16 months ago)
    1. Additional Voices: UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better, It's not.
    – Submitted by Todd L (16 months ago)
    1. Ted: Wow, so this is really all your fault.
    2. The Once-ler: Yes, and each day since The Lorax left I've been wondering what that meant. And now I'm wondering, well maybe The Lorax left that for you.
    3. Ted: For me?! Why would he leave it for me?
    4. The Once-ler: Because unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.
    – Submitted by Matthew R (16 months ago)
    1. Aunt Grizelda: [Comes out of the van] What a dump!
    – Submitted by Matthew R (16 months ago)
    1. Ted's Mom: Come on Ted, dance with the tree!
    – Submitted by YOU USED THE WRONG EMAIL ADDRESS S (17 months ago)
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