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Based on 37 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
50
Chicago Sun-Times
It's another overwrought clunker like "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," all effects and stunts and CGI and prosthetics, with no room for lightness and joy.
50
Long on visual dazzle but short on warmth, and the humor is excessively raunchy for a family film.
50
ReelViews
It's moderately engaging for the first half-hour, somewhat trying during the second half hour, and virtually unbearable over the final twenty minutes. It's a marginally recommendable film for kids, but not necessarily for parents.
40
The Hollywood Reporter
Emerges as a lackluster and nearly charmless affair.
38
Chicago Tribune
Although a literal movie adaptation of Seuss' 1957 classic "The Cat in the Hat" might have run 20 minutes, is it too much to ask that the filmed material preserve the author's sensibility?
25
Entertainment Weekly
Someone (Myers?) came up with the bright idea of turning the Cat in the Hat into the worst Vegas nightclub spritzer of 1958. He's become a furry version of Rip Taylor: a walking, talking vaudeville idiot box.
25
Talk about your quick-buck exploitation.
25
It is an embarrassment and an insult to a character that has been beloved by kids for 45 years.
25
Philadelphia Inquirer
It pains me to tell you, But really, it's true: The Cat in the Hat Is a piece of dog doo.
25
New York Daily News
Everything to treasure about that magical, slightly malevolent feline of childhood verse is obliterated in the coarse, charmless Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat.
10
Critics are paid to suffer bad art, no matter how icky it is from the start. So all we could do was to Sit! Sit! Sit! Sit! And we did not like it. Not one little bit.
0
Wall Street Journal
An abomination, impure and simple.

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