91

Entertainment Weekly

By 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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88

Charlotte Observer

By Lawrence Toppman
Finally! For the first time, Hollywood has made a whimsical, witty, feature-length version of Dr. Seuss that's neither overblown nor smutty nor emotionally hollow.
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88

USA Today

By 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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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
A delight, brimming with colorful, elastic characters and bountiful wit.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
For its intended audience, Horton's agenda is overt: Listen, be a friend, and most important - have fun!
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75

New York Daily News

Listen closely: It's the sound of a million Who fans cheering.
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75

Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
Horton Hears a Who wisely preserves most of Seuss' verse in voiceover narration, but the main dialogue, while it doesn't rhyme, preserves the author's humanistic humor and whimsy.
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75

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Frequently charming, beautifully drawn and far more faithful in spirit to the source material than those dreadful Ron Howard-Brian Grazer productions.
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63

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
It's a tough balancing act and probably a futile one. As greedily as Hollywood looks upon these books as a franchise to strip-mine, the hard fact remains that what's good about them - Ted Geisel's untrendy gentleness, humor, and intelligence - resists translation to the big screen.
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60

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Endearing, though sometimes belabored.
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71 out of 100
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