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Hoodwinked Reviews

Tasha Robinson
AV Club
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Someone give these folks a real budget so they can make a movie that looks as good as it sounds.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B-

November 27, 2006
Anna Smith
Time Out
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A breezy, passably funny spin on a children's classic, mixing slapstick and farce with character humour and delighting in demolishing stereotypes.

Full Review Source: Time Out

September 28, 2006
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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The production contains enough positive elements to make it worth a look, but not until it reaches DVD or TV. As a theatrical offering, it disappoints.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 21, 2006

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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January 21, 2006
Tony Wong
Toronto Star
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A warped, but mildly amusing twist on the childhood favourite.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/4

January 13, 2006
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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The digital animation ranges from competent to clunky, the jokes too often feel tossed-off and random, and the movie too often descends into dullness, only to be yanked back from the abyss by the goat.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 13, 2006
Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
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Offers a few laughs but overall is pretty tired.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 1/4

January 13, 2006
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Hoodwinked may be a poor cousin to the Shrek franchise, but this made-on-the-cheap computer-animated feature still has more style and snarky gags than Disney's recent CG hit, Chicken Little.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

January 13, 2006
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Even though it's basically a 10-minute short puffed up to fill 80 minutes, Hoodwinked has laughs and plenty of them.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

January 13, 2006
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Bit by bit, we fall asleep.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 1/4

January 13, 2006
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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While it doesn't exactly break new ground, the movie is fast-paced and delivers lots of laughs aimed at both kids and adults, as well as some lively Looney Tunes-style action.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

January 13, 2006
Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
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Features lackluster character design, so-so animation and only fitful bursts of cleverness.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/4

January 13, 2006
Peter Debruge
Miami Herald
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It's bound to disappoint grown-ups who've been spoiled by the Pixar polish, but it's certainly worth a gander down the road on DVD.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2/4

January 13, 2006
Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
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Feels as warmed over as day-old muffins in Little Red Riding Hood's basket.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 13, 2006
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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Feels uncannily like a too-chipper children's computer game that has somehow become unlinked from its best feature, the interactive menu.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

January 13, 2006
Tom Long
Detroit News
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The visuals are passable. The story's a lot of fun. And the story is what sells the movie.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B-

January 13, 2006
John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
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A computer-animated feature that maintains a moderate level of cleverness without being the least bit engaging.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 2/4

January 13, 2006
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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Does exactly what a police procedural should: keeps us guessing.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

January 13, 2006
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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It's a moderately enjoyable escapade that isn't quite clever enough for adults and not quite imaginative enough for children.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: C+

January 13, 2006
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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It takes place in a fantasy world whose cheaply rendered surfaces resemble Teletubbieland reupholstered with Naugahyde.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 13, 2006
Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
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Loud and rambunctious and more fun than it has any right to be.

January 13, 2006
Nathan Lee
New York Times
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Little Red Riding Hood gets deconstructed in this sub-Shrek bummer, the latest collaboration between computers and cynicism.

| Original Score: 1/5

January 12, 2006
Mike Clark
USA Today
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Why would a distributor suddenly yank an animated family film from its intended wide December opening until mid-January? Could it be that the advance word of mouth wasn't very good-winked?

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 1/4

January 12, 2006
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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This animated tale about 'what really happened' among the Wolf, Grandma, Red and the Woodsman doesn't excel in any department, from unspectacular computer animation to routine voice talent.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 2.5/5

January 12, 2006
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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As marketing theory, Hoodwinked makes a little sense. Too bad, then, it's so crummy.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 12, 2006
Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
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It doesn't rival the artistry of Pixar or DreamWorks, but it's got an upstart charm, a clever premise, appealing characters voiced by a terrific cast and a script that should make you laugh out loud more than once.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B

January 12, 2006
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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Hoodwinked -- which is the latest cartoon recycling of that oft-told fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood -- may be a bit scrappy-looking, but it's also pretty funny at times.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 12, 2006
Gene Seymour
Newsday
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Lacking a budget for big-time effects, the makers of Hoodwinked clearly had more time to work on the jokes.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 12, 2006
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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The Shrek-style nudge-nudge jokes aimed at adults are tiresome.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: C

January 12, 2006
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Hoodwinked's most radical feature is that it's a ride without heroes -- unless, that is, you count the filmmakers, who could end up doing for independent animation what Soderbergh and Tarantino did for indie film.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A-

January 11, 2006
Matt Singer
Village Voice
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Finally, a Rashomon for the whole family. This cartoon version of 'Little Red Riding Hood' tells and retells its story from a variety of perspectives, all of them boring.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

January 10, 2006
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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It's got a couple of clever ideas. I thought the animation was uninspired and it's kind of forgettable.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

January 4, 2006
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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Hoodwinked is an irreverent, hard-edged retelling of Little Red Riding Hood -- a high-energy, imaginative entertainment aimed at younger audiences.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 16, 2005
Justin Chang
Variety
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A fast-paced, fitfully clever 3-D-animated feature that will entertain tykes but provide scant novelty for auds who've had their fill of revisionist fairy tale gags and postmodern 'tude from the Shrek franchise.

Full Review Source: Variety

December 15, 2005
Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
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[The film] gets hopelessly lost in the woods.

December 15, 2005
Mark Olsen
L.A. Weekly
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The animation style of Hoodwinked is dated by at least a handful of years, marked by that glassy smoothness that dominated previous generations of CGI.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

December 15, 2005
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