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Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 03/02/2012

New movies: ‘Undefeated,’ ‘The Lorax’


Aunt Grizelda (Elmarie Wendel) is annoyed by the Lorax (Danny Devito) in “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax.” (Photo Credit: Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment)
In this week’s new movies, a Dr. Seuss adaptation dishes a dose of cinematic broccoli and the Oscar winner for Best Documentary earns its accolades. Here’s what the Post critics had to say:


Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax” (PG) “Like ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ for the 12-and-under crowd, ‘Dr. Seuss' The Lorax’ is a cautionary environmental tale with a thin veneer of entertainment on top. With its cotton-candy-colored palette of orange, pink and purple truffula trees, it looks like a bowl of fuzzy Froot Loops. But it goes down like an order of oatmeal.” — Michael O’Sullivan


Undefeated” (PG-13) “The rousing high school football documentary ’Undefeated’ won the Oscar just the other day, and it's easy to see why. A come-from-behind urban tale of hardscrabble teens and the men who believe in them, this stirring portrait of compassion and grit follows the classic contours of similar stories that have gone before it, while delivering emotional wallops all its own.” — Ann Hornaday


We Need to Talk About Kevin” (R) “Like a tragedy in slow motion, ‘We Need to Talk About Kevin’ unfolds with a dreadful sense of foreboding and inexorability. From its very first scene, in which a woman sacrifices herself in a viscerally evocative ritual, Lynne Ramsay's thoughtful, unnerving film works its strange power over viewers who are likely to find themselves as compelled as repelled by its fatally flawed key players.” — Ann Hornaday


Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie” (R) “The title, in fact, is the film's first joke. It may also be its last one. The next closest thing is a puerile pun that comes halfway through the movie, referencing male sexual arousal. When it arrives, the cast breaks character, turns to the camera and insists on explaining it to us, as if we - or maybe they - were morons.” — Michael O’Sullivan

(NO STARS)Project X” (R) “There are, by my count, only two good jokes in "Project X," a thin, painfully overlong comedy about an out-of-control party thrown by a trio of high-school losers. One is the "story by" credit given to Michael Bacall. This is funny because there is, almost literally, no story.” — Michael O’Sullivan


The Look” (Unrated) “Despite the film's title, what makes Rampling so watchable isn't her look at all; it's her utter insistence on rebellion. The film certainly would have benefitted if this revelation had led the cinematic charge.” — Stephanie Merry

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