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Dr Seuss' The Lorax (2012)

TOMATOMETER

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

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

Average Rating: 5.9/10
Reviews Counted: 32
Fresh: 15
Rotten: 17

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

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 154,251

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Movie Info

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

Rating:
PG (for brief mild language)
Genre:
Animation , Kids & Family
Directed By:
,
Written By:
Ken Daurio , Cinco Paul
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Aug 7, 2012
Box Office:
$213.9M
Runtime:
Universal Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Dr Seuss' The Lorax

All Critics (148) | Top Critics (32) | 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.

Full Review… | July 24, 2012
Time Out
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | March 19, 2012
New Yorker
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | March 2, 2012
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | March 2, 2012
Richard Roeper.com
Top Critic

The badness of the picture is a shock.

Full Review… | March 2, 2012
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | March 2, 2012
Village Voice
Top Critic

It's heart is in the right place, but the execution isn't quite what it needs to be to excel.

Full Review… | March 21, 2013
Cinema Sight

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

Full Review… | October 30, 2012
Daily Star

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

Full Review… | September 18, 2012
We Got This Covered

Three minutes of substance, 91 minutes of shrill filler.

Full Review… | August 25, 2012
CraveOnline

A delightful animated feature with special appeal for tree lovers.

Full Review… | August 15, 2012
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.

Full Review… | August 12, 2012
Fan The Fire

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

Full Review… | August 7, 2012
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.

Full Review… | July 30, 2012
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.

Full Review… | July 30, 2012
Observer [UK]

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

Full Review… | July 27, 2012
Radio Times

It stinks.

Full Review… | July 27, 2012
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.

Full Review… | July 27, 2012
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.

Full Review… | July 27, 2012
Movie Talk

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

Full Review… | July 27, 2012
Liverpool Echo

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

Full Review… | July 26, 2012
Daily Mail [UK]

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

Full Review… | July 26, 2012
Guardian

It is like delirium tremens, only less fun.

Full Review… | July 26, 2012
Financial Times

Younger children should be satisfied.

Full Review… | July 26, 2012
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.

Full Review… | July 26, 2012
Daily Telegraph

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

Full Review… | July 26, 2012
Film4

Audience Reviews for Dr Seuss' The Lorax

½

He he he!

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Adriel Lim
Adriel Lim

Super Reviewer

Another good story from Dr. Seuss. Good movie for kids, but still makes adult person to realize something.

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"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.

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Albert Kim
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.

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Drake Tsui
Drake Tsui

Super Reviewer

Dr Seuss' The Lorax Quotes


Mr. O'Hare:
Let it die Let it die!
– Submitted by Bob K (12 months ago)
The Lorax:
Which way does a tree fall?
The Once-ler:
Uh, down?
The Lorax:
A tree falls the way it leans. Be careful which way you lean.
– Submitted by Adam H (22 months ago)
Additional Voices:
UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better, It's not.
– Submitted by Todd L (22 months ago)
Ted:
Wow, so this is really all your fault.
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.
Ted:
For me?! Why would he leave it for me?
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 (22 months ago)
Aunt Grizelda:
[Comes out of the van] What a dump!
– Submitted by Matthew R (22 months ago)
Ted's Mom:
Come on Ted, dance with the tree!
– Submitted by YOU USED THE WRONG EMAIL ADDRESS S (23 months ago)

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