Dr. Seuss' The Lorax

Dr. Seuss' The Lorax
Dr. Seuss' The Lorax
  • PG
  • 1h 26m
  • 2012
Rotten53%
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The imaginative world of Dr. Seuss comes to life like never before in this visually spectacular adventure from the creators of Despicable Me! Twelve-year-old Ted will do anything to find a real live Truffula Tree in order to impress the girl of his dreams. As he embarks on his journey, Ted discovers the incredible story of the Lorax, a grumpy but charming creature who speaks for the trees. Featuring the voice talents of Danny DeVito, Ed Helms, Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Rob Riggle, Jenny Slate, and Betty White, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax is filled with hilarious fun for everyone!

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

TOMATOMETER®
Rotten53%
Critics Consensus: Dr. Seuss' The Lorax is cute and funny enough but the moral simplicity of the book gets lost with the zany Hollywood production values.
Reviews
London Evening Standard
David Sexton
Rotten

It stinks.

June 22, 2017
Guardian
Peter Bradshaw
Rotten

It looks bright and clean and sharp. But there is no charm or life.

June 22, 2017
Little White Lies
Anton Bitel
Fresh

Amidst all the padding and razzle-dazzle 3D CGI, the Lorax himself and his grumpy admonitions are...

June 22, 2017
Time Out
Guy Lodge
Rotten

About as factory-produced a film as it's possible to make about the evils of commercialism, while...

June 22, 2017
New Yorker
Bruce Diones
Rotten

May be a diversion for younger children, but it betrays the elegant simplicity of Geisel's vision.

June 22, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Dr. Seuss classic is cute, but watch for product tie-ins.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this animated adaptation of Dr. Seuss' beloved tale of The Lorax is age-appropriate for younger kids; there's little scary stuff, and the pro-environmental message is a positive one. The main issue here is really the movie's huge number of consumerist tie-ins -- at least 70 different marketing promotions. For an anti-materialism story to advertise so many products to kids and their parents sends a particularly confusing message. Still, the movie itself -- like the original story -- promotes conservation and protecting the environment. Kids will leave the film wanting to do more to help the natural world ... too bad that take-away will be diluted by the onslaught of available merchandise with the Lorax's bright-orange image on it.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Family, Comedy
  • Release Date:March 2, 2012
  • Languages:English, Spanish
  • Captions:English, Spanish
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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