The Grinch (2018) - Animation, Comedy, Family

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A grumpy Grinch (Benedict Cumberbatch) 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: 117 out of 547 found boring (21.38%)

One-line Reviews (278)

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

I enjoyed the different twist on a lovable children's story and found the film quite enjoyable.

Worth the watch!

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


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

Don't waste your time.

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

Not bad till 60%, the rest boring.

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

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.

It was rather dull.

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.

It's sound a little bland.

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

All in all, don't waste your time.

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!!!

We expect something visually stunning, and immersive, we expect strong memorable characters.

But it was actually enjoyable to see a new twist to it.

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

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

Save your money.. Watch the original...

Towards the end the movie gets really engaging because of the emotional story/lesson unlike the beginning parts where only sometimes it was engaging.

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

However I honestly enjoyed it.

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

Every single character is miscast in this bland retelling of Dr. Seuss's classic.

" I enjoyed it also.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

SO BORING I wanted to Vomit .

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.

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.

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

Boring, derivative, forgettable and worse.

A movie worth watching in my opinion.

Thoroughly entertaining!

save your money and rent it later.

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.

Don't waste your time.

My son fell asleep...

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

Boring & unfunny .

This CGI animated version is colourful but bland.

You still get a pointless cliche unnecessary movie.

Not like OG Grinch, which makes it more enjoyable .

Is quite average at times, but fun and entertaining .

Actually, the entire movie is predictable.

The good is that it is visually stunning.

Also parts of the plot were dragged out.

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

Get a decent narrator and lose the so-called music, and the movie is entertaining and well done.

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

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.

Uninspired, boring and ho-hum.

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.

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.

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

Honestly, it's boring.

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

Boring, best parts in trailer .

Actually, the entire movie is predictable.

Horribly boring .

An enjoyable watch .

This movie is also just visually stunning...

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

Horrible adaptation, even with high budget cg animation the voice over is horribly bland, the music !

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.

It was a sweet, predictable movie.

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

It was quite mediocre & somewhat boring to watch.

However, the story is just rather plain and dull.

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.

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

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

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.

Boring and Unnecessary .

Comedic moments were quite predictable and not very clever.

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

He seemed bored more than anything else and that shows.

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

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.

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

Don't waste your time.

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

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

Exclusively for young children, slow narration and simple storyline.

Pretty boring.

It's entertaining

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.

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

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

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.

The worst sin of this movie is that it's boring.

Very dull script- jokes were few and far between.

All the characters around had no story line.

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.

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

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.

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

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

Very entertaining.

Waste of time .

So awful, don't waste your time .

This is more of a propaganda movie than anything.

He could have avoided being a copy of Boris Karloff just by playing it straight with his normal British voice, but sinister, nefarious and fascinating.

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

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

Tedious Remake with many missed opportunities .

It is still a fun, funny and exciting movie that will hold your attention?

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

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

Incredibly boring!

If you've purchased the DVD, its worth watching the 3 Mini Movies included.

It was boring.

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

It's boring, uninspired, and vanilla film that I don't recommend to anyone looking for an interesting movie.

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.

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.

I think if you listen closely you may even hear him yawn.

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

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

If you like slapstick comedy, people animated firmly within the uncanny valley, cliché characters and a plot as pointless as a sphere, this is the movie for you.

Boring as a Grinch .

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 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.

Don't waste your time...

Very enjoyable, adds some new stuff.

A bit unnecessary, but still enjoyable.

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

I highly recommend it.

Stunning story and visuals, how could you lose.

There was aboslutely no plot or emotions.

" 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.

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

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

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

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

The kids behind me got so Bored they was dancing.

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

Benedict Cumberbatch's Grinch is boring.

Same story everytime with a cliche lazy backstory.

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

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

Boring .

I am more bored then mister Grinch.

Worth the watch if you like the grinch.

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

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

As creepy as the jim carrey one was it was more engaging than this.

It's unexpected and kinda cool.

Despite it's predictable plot, The Grinch is a great animated remake that's both funny and heartwarming.

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

" I enjoyed it also.

You're a boring one, Mr. Grinch.

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.

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.

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

The dog was cute, but otherwise super boring.

In contrast, Kenan Thompson's notable voice brought a sense of wonder and excitement to the storyline as well as his character Mr. Bricklebaum which made him very enjoyable.


Boring and unfunny .

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.

The Narrator is positively unbearable.

Complete waste of time, another shameless Illumination cash grab.

My husband really enjoyed it, too.

The gags droll while being engaging for adults and children.

There was a lot of build up to this big Christmas tree, but nothing happens with it.

He was bored and only liked the music.

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

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

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

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).

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

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

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

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

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

The design of Whoville is absolutely stunning, I love how the town is more vertical so we can really see the whole thing.

Bored after 15 mins .

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

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

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.

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

Most of the jokes are entirely predictable.

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

It was boring, bland, and unoriginal.

Bored and Angry .

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

I was actually bored watching this version.

This is just another boring same-y throwaway movie.

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

so incredibly boring....

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

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

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.

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

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

I enjoyed it from start to finish!

Most of the jokes are entirely predictable.

Your a bland one ,Illumination's The Grinch .

*Many pointless scenes.

Just boring.


This just was uninspiring, and I believe he did some or a number of the songs.

I got bored halfway through it.

boring .

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

Everything else was either bland or just plan bad.

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

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

Complete waste of time.

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

Shiny, Sterilized Grinch is Moderately Entertaining .

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

It was a cliche plot.

Save your money and wait for it on Netflix.

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

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

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.

Animation of characters are stunning and effects are just beautiful.

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

The are no plot twist that will keep you wondering.


This was a complete waste of my time.

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.

Worst Movie Ever .

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...

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

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

Silence throughout the theater besides kids talking out of boredom.

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

Illumination is like a Diet DreamWorks, with it's reliance on celebrity cast, low brow humour, and predictable storylines.

Dull, flat and illumination - that's a wrap!

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

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

The characters were sweet but the movie ran way too long.

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

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.

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

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

None of them, were that compelling nor matter much.

My daughters really enjoyed it.

Boring and pointless .

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.

It's a big cliche.

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

Uninspiring and shallow .

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

But anyway I watched it, got bored after about five minutes, promised myself to sit through it and that's exactly what I did, sat through it.

And the voice of the narrator is very normal, boring even.

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

Bland and monotone, she's not exactly known for being an over the top, fun character actor.

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

Boring movie .

Save your money!

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.

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.

Entertaining on a very soft and easy level.

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

Don't waste your time with this one.

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

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

Jim Carrey's was so much more entertaining

Struggled to stay awake.

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

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

Worth the watch.

Slow .

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

The side plot of the fat reindeer was also pointless.

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

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