The Grinch (2018) - Animation, Comedy, Family

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A grumpy Grinch plots to ruin Christmas for the village of Whoville.

IMDB: 6.3
Director: Yarrow Cheney
Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Cameron Seely
Length: 85 Minutes
PG Rating: PG
Reviews: 102 out of 435 found boring (23.44%)

One-line Reviews (242)

We had three kids with us and they wanted to leave.

And therein lies the issue plaguing this 2018 version of Dr. Seuss' holiday classic about the mean-green-grumpy Grinch-it's a dull final product that likely resulting from a lack of effort.

My husband really enjoyed it, too.

Worst Movie Ever .

Same Story, Same Plot, and a complete waste of Time.

Entertaining on a very soft and easy level.

Save your money.. Watch the original...

so incredibly boring....

All in all, I think this is a great movie for the family and would highly recommend it.

Complete waste of time.

👍A good movie enjoyable for kids.

It was quite mediocre & somewhat boring to watch.

I also felt that the movie was full of fluff that just dragged out the movie.

You're a boring one, Mr. Grinch.


Unfunny, boring, and added nothing new to the original grinch story.

All in all, don't waste your time.

There is nothing wrong with the animation, and it sticks to the basic plot with the mean creature stealing Christmas, but the backstory of why the Grinch is mean isn't great, the lead character integrating with other characters is a mistake, it only makes you laugh a little, and the sentimentality is icky, it is nowhere near as entertaining as previous versions, a disappointing and very average seasonal animated comedy.

My daughters really enjoyed it.

Animation of characters are stunning and effects are just beautiful.

Save your money and wait for it on Netflix.

I can imagine that it would be hard to adapt the classic book, but there are some scenes that feel more like pointless filler.

I have 4 children I have watched many animated programs from the symbolist made for toddlers to the most complex of stories , this was a complete waste of my time.

I like some of the gadgets The Grinch creates to steal Christmas and when it actually gets to that point in the movie (an hour into the film, give or take), I enjoyed it.

It was quite similar to the original and maybe was unnecessary to make but still I enjoyed it nether the less.

The movie in general was very forgettable and bland and was simply only made to cash in on the success of Illuminations other films (and the 2012 Lorax film).

Don't waste your time wait till this movie comes out for free it'll be one to forget they chose the wrong actors and totally changed the "grinch" they don't make him scary and they make it seem like who ville just accepts him like another person when what makes the grinch is people hating him

Save your money!

Is quite average at times, but fun and entertaining .

Boring, Nothing Entertaining, and could be the reason why Illunination is falling apart.

Don't waste your time.

" I enjoyed it also.

It's muted look and lack of plot made that more of a slacker.

I got bored halfway through it.

It's sound a little bland.

Pros: the film is visually stunning and certainly engrosses its audiences in the Christmas spirit.

A stunning film for all ages just the same, except for Chuck Jones', it renders all others lame.

A visually stunning movie - the animation is spectacular and top-notch.


It was rather dull.

My son fell asleep...

Not bad till 60%, the rest boring.

This movie was decent and while the kids enjoyed it, the original is still so much better.

It's a big cliche.

Shiny, Sterilized Grinch is Moderately Entertaining .

We watched it tonight, opening night, the very first showing our theater head and my husband fell asleep.

Despite all the hype, this is totally unwatchable and annoying for anyone with a modicum of intelligence who's over the age of six.

Don't waste your time on this one, just watch the original .

Pretty boring.

Kids fell asleep, some left early, I don't know if anyone was entertained by this garbage because of all the crying in the front rows.

That being said it was still well put together and entertaining to myself and my family.

Otherwise, the interactions between the Grinch, his dog Max and a huge reindeer Fred lend to the most entertaining moments.

Just make the background blue, or yellow, or pink, etc. Everything these days is CGI'd to death, to the point where the CGI isn't even impressive anymore, it's just boring.

Worth the watch.

It's just Illumination's typical bland, unfunny humor and bland, uninteresting story.

The are no plot twist that will keep you wondering.

Waste of time .

I guess one perk this movie has is entertaining kids and that's fine, i have nothing against that.

Same story everytime with a cliche lazy backstory.

The graphics/drawings (however you wanna call them) are mind blowing !

There was a great song called Happy by Pharrel Williams that the kids liked, but Tyler's monotone voice and complete lack of singing ability probably would have fit right in with an episode of 'The Simpsons' back in the 80's.

Predictable/Shown In Trailers: No surprise that the Grinch is predictable, but why could it not have escaped the curse of the revealing trailers.

A bit unnecessary, but still enjoyable.

Uninspiring and shallow .

It may have bad elements like the 2000 film with a weak story and some unnecessary characters but thanks to it's Christmas colorful animation, enjoyable characters like The Grinch, his dog Max and Cindy Lou Who, a good performance by Benedict Cumberbatch and with some parts adapted from the original book, it manage to be a okay-to-good Christmas movie like the 1966 special that maybe some Dr. Seuss fans may enjoy or not from some that hate films based on Dr. Seuss' books.

" As a stand alone, animated, seasonal movie, it has some good points: the animation is good (the young Grinch is absolutely adorable and will probably sell a lot of merchandise - which may be the point of making this remake), it has some entertaining and diverse additional characters and it has an additional umbrella morale about the sacrifice of mothers and value of family.

Looking around the cinema, most of the children were bored with the film.

This is a 45 minute film fluffed out with an extra 45 minutes of paint-by-numbers cliché plot points.

It's a good Christmas Film, that is pretty entertaining and spreads a great message to kids and adults alike.

Wife fell asleep, I was bored and so were the kids.

The film is boring and has very little humor in it.

This was a complete waste of my time.

Most of the jokes are entirely predictable.

Silence throughout the theater besides kids talking out of boredom.

Also parts of the plot were dragged out.

But for me, an adult that actually enjoyed Jim Carey's over the top movie, and of course the universally loved magnificent Chuck Jones version, I just thought this was dull.

even if it's hard for me to say this film was boring and needlessly.

The characters were relatable and enjoyable to follow, especially 'Max' who's innocence and loyalty is instantly cherished by audiences.

Boring & unfunny .

I found much of the additional script, which is not in verse, to be flat and uninteresting.

The Grinch was another enjoyable version of Dr. Seuss' holiday story .

This is just another boring same-y throwaway movie.

Pharrell Williams is a respectable choice for narrator, but he too plays it safe and boring.

When you compare the latest grinch movie with the previous, it's very boring!

Cons: the plot was seriously underdeveloped and seemed to be lifeless and tedious at points.

While visually stunning, the entire production feels ho-hum.

Save your money save your time and watch the original grinch cartoon that's only like 25 minutes long and you'll be a lot happier.

This is just a pointless and overly long remake of a classic.

It was so boring that we decided to see Ralph breaks the internet right after so the trip to the theatre wasn't a huge waste of our day...

" I enjoyed it also.

He seemed bored more than anything else and that shows.

The Grinch - While "The Grinch" is enjoyable in some areas, (very few), this remake of Dr. Seuss's classic tale fails to provide any good characters and does not boast a good cast, (with the exception of Benedict Cumberbatch.

Bored and Angry .

It was so boring, long, not funny and honestly Cumberbatch gives a really lazy and half-hearted performance.

Because of this lack of depth, the character motive might seem confusing, and very lost.

I do wish that they delved more into his backstory, which I learned more of post watching this film, but the story they gave was sweet, and enjoyable for me to watch.

However I honestly enjoyed it.

I was bordering on boredom for most of the movie, so I would characterize this strictly as a movie for kids who all seem to like it.

There is no enough comedy in it, the way the Grinch has a change of heart is so boring.

Boring, best parts in trailer .

Save your money, and watch the better two Grinch movies instead.

It will give kids something to enjoy and be quiet to while the parents most likely fall asleep.

The hip-hop reimagining of the theme was I my opinion very good and it seemed to had a solid cast but jokes failed to land and it stretched a simple story out so long it was boring

The main plot is very weak and bland, although this film was meant for younger audiences the producers could still have taken a little more creative approaches towards this film and its main plot.

None of them, were that compelling nor matter much.

Terrible, but made me fall asleep, so there is that.

It is a waste of money and time and you'll regret it

It's unexpected and kinda cool.

boring .

Boring, silly and one of the must be forgotten animation films.

Boring as a Grinch .

It's entertaining

It's fairly impressive in terms of its visuals and voice-work but is certainly nothing new, or even compelling, when it comes to its narrative.

The moral allegory presented in the film was overly cliché and appeared to be forced as opposed to presenting it in a natural way.

Sometimes it does it fine, but other times it's a cliché.


However, the story is just rather plain and dull.

As eager as I am to catch any new Christmas movie this time of year this one was a total waste of money and I came very close to walking out had not my young daughter been with me.

I went to this movie today with my 3 and 7 year old kids and we all enjoyed it!

I enjoyed it and would probably buy it on DVD for the grandkids to watch.

More for kids than adults but still adult friendly.. It is entertaining.

Tedious Remake with many missed opportunities .

Don't waste your time if you don't have a kid .

Overly long and boring and turning the ginch song in some hip hop trash is inexcusable

Don't waste your money on this, go take your kids to watch a better film.

At an hour longer than the original film, you would think that screenwriters Michael LeSieur and Tommy Swerdlow would dabble deeper into the past of a cute and small little fella, yet, despite brief flashbacks of a baby grinch in an empty orphanage, these questions aren't really relevant in a child-friendly animation film in 2018 thats main intent is to cash in on cute and memorable commercial products for the 2018 holiday market.

I am more bored then mister Grinch.

Save your money and watch it streaming if you really want to see it.

Exclusively for young children, slow narration and simple storyline.

Your a bland one ,Illumination's The Grinch .

It was boring.

Anyways her mom is the recycled Illumination cliche of an overworked mom (gee how relatable) and Cindy Loo Who wants to ask Santa to help her out because she's so overworked.

Very dull script- jokes were few and far between.

All the characters around had no story line.

But again the animation is so basic and simplistic that each character looks so bland and unmemorable I can't even remember more than 4 character designs.

Sadly, both the character and the overall movie as a whole share the same problems; it's boring, uninspired, and vanilla.

Jim Carrey's was so much more entertaining

Illumination is a studio known for producing gutless, boring, paint-by-numbers, mass appeal movies that focus more on cute gimmicks and marketing than they do on actual storytelling and character development.

Adults may be bored or tired of seeing this being adapted again.

Actually, the entire movie is predictable.

A very beautiful and very bland new adaptation of Dr. Seuss' The Grinch .

As far as flaws go , the story is ungodly predictable and bland.

Nevertheless, despite not being the target audience, I did find this film funny and entertaining.

Uninspired, boring and ho-hum.

I Went In To This Movie With My Expectations Shot Totally Down , Midway Through I Was Like I'm Really Liking This , And The Ending Sealed The Deal , I Love The New Take On The Grinch , Love Max And Fred , And Of Course Cindy Lou Who , " The Grinch 2018 " Is A Movie I See Myself Watching Every Holiday Season , Go See This Movie And Give Your Own View On It , It's A Must See Holiday Movie This Year , Thoroughly Enjoyed It ...

The Narrator is positively unbearable.

*Many pointless scenes.

Boring and pointless .

The characters are flat and boring, literally nothing important to the story happens until the very end (meanwhile you're just watching a bunch of meaningless nonsense being thrown at the screen), all the humor is forced and only 2 jokes actually landed, not even Benedict Cumberbatch's voice acting as the Grinch brings any charm to the movie.

Just boring.

Well say hello to this unnecessary same plot and a cliche twisted ending.

It was a cliche plot.

Don't waste your time with this one.

Horribly boring .

Kids were so bored in the theater they started playing in the isles and parents were sleeping.

Everything else was either bland or just plan bad.

Overall this subplot is boring and really is only their for the Grinch to fell bad about stealing Christmas.

The dog was cute, but otherwise super boring.

You still get a pointless cliche unnecessary movie.

There were so many pointless side stories and filler in this movie to make it full length.

Boring and unfunny .

Benedict Cumberbatch's Grinch is boring.

Not like OG Grinch, which makes it more enjoyable .

If I wasn't at a birthday party I would have walked out on this movie 20 minutes in.

If I wasn't at a birthday party I would have walked out about 25 minutes in.

I just left the theater with my family and for my youngest sons birthday (His B-Day was yesterday 12/23) we went and saw The Grinch, The whole family absolutely LOVED IT!!!

Great visuals though, and Max the dog brought some personality to an otherwise boring movie.

All in all, I think this is a great movie for the family and would highly recommend it.

Highly recommend to see it with kids and then once again, after the kids fall asleep :)

The animation was colorful and entertaining which made it fun to look at.

Though this movie isn't really unique from its original story, it was really enjoyable, to me at least.

So yes its predictable, yes we know what's going to happen and how it ends, but even so it was a joy to watch and the kids really enjoyed it.

We thought it was going to be as exciting and entertaining like Jim cary's Grinch and Dr. Seuss.

It's very enjoyable and an great film for the whole family to enjoy!

Entertaining, kid-friendly, decent story, overall great for the family.

Very long, boring and not worth the price of a movie ticket .

It was boring, bland, and unoriginal.

Don't waste your time or money going to see this.

It was unpleasant and tedious and overstayed it's welcome.

Stunning story and visuals, how could you lose.

Otherwise it's a safe predictable fun kids movie, families will enjoy.

The story was forgettable and boring, the animation was too simplistic and empty.

Thankfully, this new version manages to recapture the heartwarming feel of the original, even if the story has become incredibly generic and predictable after all these many years.

It lacked a bit of humor which adults will find a little boring.

The humour throughout the film was also average, making some scenes very boring.

The setting is awful and feels empty, the music sucks, and the pop music REALLY makes your ears bleed in this one folks!

A bad pointless movie that will make you go, "We get it!

SO BORING I wanted to Vomit .

To start the animation style was very boring and ordinary, I saw the new "Spider-Man: Into The Spiderverse" a while ago and the animation in that film was unique and stunning and that is due to Chris Lord and Phil Miller caring about their film.

It doesn't have the unique, risky, yet funny entertaining humor of the 2000 live-action film version nor the charm of the original 1966 hand drawn animation television special.

There was aboslutely no plot or emotions.

THE BAD Now onto the bad stuff, this film feels quite long, To stretch a small book makes it boring and wrong, Mr. 8 felt the movie stretch, so did the kids in the crowd, While Mr. 5's one complaint was that it was too loud.


Incredibly boring!

The children in the film, having a smaller part, are quite entertaining.

The good is that it is visually stunning.

Parents beware, there are a number of boring parts in the film so take lots of LOW sugar snacks to keep them going.

The side plot of the fat reindeer was also pointless.

It's safe, like chicken noodle soup - just a little bland.

Went to the cinema with my four year old, she got so bored she slept half way through.

The 6 year old said she enjoyed it, and the 12 year old said it was "alright, nice", although in the car they started talking about Ralph Breaks The Internet (which they saw two weeks ago) and that is probably not a good sign for The Grinch.

Struggled to stay awake.

This has got to be one of the most pointless movies I've watched in my life.

Slow .

Whilst this is a mixed bag of fun and dull stuff, it does speak to the films general problem, there's not quite enough to keep the whole family entertained.

I went to go see The Grinch with my daughter who is 8 years old and we both enjoyed it.

When I was in the theater my party fell asleep and the only people laughing were kids.

Disappointed even my son was bored lol what you see in the trailer is actually the best parts of the movie.

Directors Yarrow Cheney & Scott Mosier have given us an entertaining movie, that shows its protagonist in a more empathetic light that previous adaptations.

So the only thing to do is run out of the movie theater and write this one off as a waste of money and, more importantly, time.

The kids behind me got so Bored they was dancing.

So there's this confusing, pointless, nonsensical slapstick scene where the punchline is a kid being naked in front of his friends.

It takes some time to slow down and be dramatic; a nice break from the surge of colors and painfully unfunny slapstick that obviously panders to the younger audience.

This is really only worth watching if you have kids that want to see it.

Honestly, it's boring.

There isn't much to be enjoyed with all the cliches, predictable scenes, cheap looking animation and unfunny humour.

This is a pointless remake that doesn't need to exist.

" Don't waste your time it's the same story.

Very enjoyable, adds some new stuff.

Boring movie .

There's a completely pointless subplot about Cindy Loo Who and her friends.

Comedic moments were quite predictable and not very clever.

3/10 Save your money and don't watch it.

The animation and colours were just stunning, the storyline adorable and we were giggling the whole way through.

This film was not even mildly entertaining, it was just so boring.

This is more of a propaganda movie than anything.

Complete waste of time, another shameless Illumination cash grab.

However, it is worth watching with the full family, during Christmas season.

I'm sorry but the Grinch is a cliche story that will be known as a classic story with nothing entertaining about it in the future.

Pharrell Williams as the narrator offers a bland and uninspiring performance.

save your money and rent it later.

Don't waste your time.

Prepare to be disappointed and left bored and tired when you already the story when you simply could have just rented the Jim Carrey one for the family to see.

" I then grabbed the popcorn and drinks and left the theater with her.

Lots of pointless filler scenes that run the time, a little too long like the reindeer hunting sequence & the b plot of Cindy Lou (Voiced by Cameron Seely) trying to capture Santa Claus.

The animation is pretty good, as expected for Illumination, but it can only dazzle me for about 5 minutes before I realise how dull and uninteresting this movie is.

You do not expect to critically acclaim this movie,but the visual details is what makes it worth watching .

Boring, derivative, forgettable and worse.

It was fairly boring and I loathed Benedict's voice in it.

Thoroughly entertaining!

This movie is also just visually stunning...

It was a sweet, predictable movie.