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Dr Seuss' The Lorax (U)

Dr Seuss' The Lorax (U)

Animation, Comedy, Family

A 12-year-old boy searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world.

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The critical consensus

Fake plastic trees, fake plastic entertainment? The Lorax is immensely colourful, catchy and cheery. Then again, it’s also gaudy, bland and recycled. You can do better.

**(*)(*)(*)Jonathan Crocker, Total Film, 16/07/2012

Perhaps the noise and the colour will engage younger viewers / but what of the book and the big business it skewers? We’ve been stuck with a musical that feels kind of sappy / (and the original ending really wasn’t that happy).

**(*)(*)(*)Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 22/07/2012

Another delightfully succinct Dr Seuss tale is mercilessly padded out for the big screen in this underpowered, animated eco-parable.

**(*)(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 26/07/2012

A candy-coloured eye assault with too much in the way of narrative padding...but its message is ambitious and timely.

Anton Bitel, Little White Lies, 26/07/2012

In its favour, The Lorax boasts some colourful animation and is fun when sticking closest to the source material. But the environmental message is still hammered home, while the addition of a half-hearted coming-of-age romance, some forgettable songs, pop culture references and product placement mean that the movie rather misses its own point for much of the time.

**(*)(*)(*)Rob Carnevale, The Herald, 26/07/2012

After sagging in the middle the story picks up for a fun, whirlwind conclusion. Younger children should be satisfied.

***(*)(*)Henry Fitzherbert, Daily Express, 26/07/2012

The sorry history of Dr Seuss adaptations isn't improved by this self-defeating eco-fable.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 26/07/2012

Dr. Seuss himself would have loathed The Lorax, an animated 3D travesty.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Robbie Collin, The Telegraph, 26/07/2012

Young children may enjoy the bright colours and chirpiness but the sermonizing here rings very hollow indeed. Free-range film-making this isn't.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 27/07/2012

Worth catching if only to irk America’s right-wingers.

***(*)(*)David Edwards, Daily Record, 26/07/2012

Fun, but only for children.

**(*)(*)(*)Chris Tookey, Daily Mail, 27/07/2012

Lovely to look at and with some fun material not of Seuss’ invention, but it’s too hectoring, like reading an environmental textbook with jolly pictures.

***(*)(*)Olly Richards, Empire Online, 27/07/2012

It's not a badly made film, but the efforts to pad out Seuss' story with Ted's story, odd dashes of American Jewish humour and shenanigans do not disguise the thin and trite storytelling.

**(*)(*)(*)Scott MacDonald, Eye for Film, 21/06/2012

A joyless, soulless product, notable only for the directness of its anti-capitalist, environmentalist message.

**(*)(*)(*)Nicholas Barber, The Independent on Sunday, 29/07/2012

Small children will probably like it, but they deserve better.

Philip French, The Observer, 29/07/2012

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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