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Horton Hears a Who Review

Movies.com Critics

3.5

Dave White Profile

… the animation is perfect. Read full review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

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

  • 4.0
    71

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 60

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Endearing, though sometimes belabored.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    A delight, brimming with colorful, elastic characters and bountiful wit.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    The look of the story is an undeniable treat, and the message it weaves is both funny and sweet. Horton Hears a Who! is razzle-dazzling and artful, and it builds on Seuss' words by the clever cart-full.

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  • 91

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    If I ran the circus, the gang that made the sturdy, witty, inventively animated Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! would get first dibs on any future movie productions of the Theodor Seuss Geisel canon.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 4+

Adorable 'toon fun for all, no matter how small.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie is based on Dr. Seuss' beloved children's book. The book's wide fan base, coupled with the popularity of voice actors Jim Carrey and Steve Carell -- not to mention a great deal of marketing power -- should make most kids, especially those under 12, interested in seeing the film. Its message, like many of Seuss' tales, is one of inclusion and protecting those who can't protect themselves. There's not much in the way of iffy content, either, aside from a little mild potty humor. Even Vlad, the slightly scary bird, is funnier than he is disturbing.

  • Families can talk about the movie's message. Kids: What does Horton's motto -- "a person's a person, no matter how small" -- mean? How does he prove that he means it? Families can also discuss how the movie stacks up against the book. Are the extra characters and storylines in keeping with the spirit of Dr. Seuss' original? Do you like this animated adaptation better than live-action ones like The Cat in the Hat and How the Grinch Stole Christmas? Why or why not?

The good stuff
  • message true3

    Messages: Horton's two mottos are important life lessons: "A person's a person no matter how small," and "an elephant's word is 100 percent." Horton's behavior teaches kids about keeping promises and protecting those who can't protect themselves.

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence and scariness: The Wickersham monkeys attack Horton with bananas and later participate in a near-lynching (led by the Kangaroo) of Horton and his Whoville speck. Vlad the bird is scary but also funny.

  • sex false0

    Sexy stuff: The mayor's wife tells him she loves him, and they hug.

  • language false0

    Language: The Kangaroo offers a few mild insults about Horton's behavior. A little mild potty humor.

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Nothing in the film itself, but there are multiple merchandise tie-ins with IHOP, events at Target, contests in newspapers, etc.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue

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