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Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 1.0

    out of 100

    Overwhelming dislike
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 0

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    An abomination, impure and simple.

  • 25

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Someone (Myers?) came up with the bright idea of turning the Cat in the Hat into the worst Vegas nightclub spritzer of 1958. He's become a furry version of Rip Taylor: a walking, talking vaudeville idiot box.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Emerges as a lackluster and nearly charmless affair.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Long on visual dazzle but short on warmth, and the humor is excessively raunchy for a family film.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    It's another overwrought clunker like "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," all effects and stunts and CGI and prosthetics, with no room for lightness and joy.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 5+

Too mature for the kids who are reading the book.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie isn't for the kids who are reading the book -- in its quest for a commercially-rewarding PG rating it has aged itself out of the youngest audience. It's not right for your five-or six-year-old. There is surprisingly rude and crude humor including double entendres and almost-swearing, potty humor, and other bodily function jokes. The Cat picks up a muddy garden implement and refers to it as "a dirty hoe" and spells out the s-word. The Cat is hit in the crotch. There is a lot of comic peril that may be too intense for younger children. An adult character drinks beer.

  • Families can talk about why Sally had a hard time with her friends and why Conrad had a hard time following rules.

The good stuff
  • message true-1

    Messages: Dubious characterization of Asians and elderly folks. Surprisingly rude and crude humor for a PG, including double entendres and other bodily function jokes.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence and scariness: Animals treated poorly, the Cat gets kicked in the crotch, comic mayhem. Comic peril may freak out young children.

  • sex false3

    Sexy stuff: Double entendres will go over youngest kids' heads but not yours.

  • language false3

    Language: Some naughty words and a "dirty hoe" pun.

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: More tie-ins than a barrel of monkeys.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Joke reference to drinking and smoking, adult character gets beer.