Barnyard Reviews

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
May 18, 2010
The laughs subside near the end as the requisite moral kicks in, but this is still that rare kids' movie I'd recommend to parents and nonparents alike.
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Derek Adams
Time Out
October 19, 2006
Loud, raucous and dispiritingly unfunny.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 23, 2006
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
August 12, 2006
It shouldn't be surprising that writer-director Steve Oedekerk, the man responsible for Kung Pow! Enter The Fist and the second Ace Ventura movie, considers single-celled organisms as he shoots for the lowest common denominator.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
August 12, 2006
Don't the filmmakers know there are children watching -- and listening?
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
August 4, 2006
Could qualify as a case study in just how quickly and thoroughly computer-animated studio releases have declined to a state of inspiration-depleted, assembly-line anthropomorphism.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
August 4, 2006
A sweet and mildly funny movie that will entertain young audiences, but one aspect is utterly mystifying: The two main characters, father and son bovine creatures, have large, distracting udders.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
August 4, 2006
This is a darn cute movie and I think you'll find it funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 4, 2006
Politically correct, anatomically incorrect and ugly to look at, the only thing that saves Barnyard is writer (and director) Steve Oedekerk's gift for gags and almost-edgy humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
August 4, 2006
The movie still just plods along, and there's nothing very new here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
August 4, 2006
If you want to punish your kids, send them to bed without dinner. If you want to disturb, frighten and depress them while making sure they fail biology, take them to the animated feature Barnyard.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
August 4, 2006
Too mature for little kids and much too corny for older siblings and chaperones, Barnyard probably should have been put out to pasture long before it made it to the multiplex.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
August 4, 2006
Surely there's no better way to introduce kids to the joys of knee-jerk stereotyping than to randomly distribute clichés among talking livestock.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
August 4, 2006
The giddily indeterminate approach to bovine gender -- and charmingly sappy adoption subtext lend ample appeal to this decidedly non-Orwellian story of four legs good, two legs irrelevant.
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Louis B. Parks
Houston Chronicle
August 4, 2006
Adults will get enough laughs to survive gags such as the chickens using a Col. Sanders dartboard but will likely lose patience waiting for the very predictable story and sentiments to slowly play themselves out.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
August 4, 2006
Barnyard moves with a frenetic energy, especially in the numerous barn dance and chase scenes, that will probably keep family audiences moderately entertained. But it doesn't stand up to this summer's relative bonanza of animated family films. Moo.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
August 4, 2006
While there are occasional funny bits, the question remains: Why should you go see this movie instead of its competitors? The answer is: You shouldn't.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Bill Zwecker
Chicago Sun-Times
August 4, 2006
The basically good -- though not very inspired -- Barnyard just stirred up a lot of 'been there, done that' feelings in me as I watched this film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
August 4, 2006
Barnyard: The Original Party Animals actually has a clever concept (the animals walk upright and hang out like humans when the farmer isn't looking) and it handles such sensitive topics as birth and death with unexpected grace.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
August 4, 2006
Barnyard is nothing so much as The Lion King chewed in a cud and digitally regurgitated. It's manic and maudlin, borderline creepy, occasionally inspired.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
August 4, 2006
It's quick, it's painless, and there are enough laughs (and a few tears) throughout to keep everything moving along.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
August 3, 2006
It looks great, and it's bright and colorful, fast and fun, with terrific voice talent... You may know from the opening where the story's heading, but it's a fun ride, and there's a lot of heart between the laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Joe Leydon
Variety
August 3, 2006
With a blithe disregard for anatomical correctness, Barnyard offers the spectacle of male cows equipped with prominent udders while spinning an uplifting coming-of-age yarn spiked with liberal doses of madcap lunacy.
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Jane Horwitz
Washington Post
August 3, 2006
Kids 8 and older may laugh now and again at this ill-conceived animated comic fable about barnyard animals who party like frat boys when the farmer isn't looking, but it surely doesn't earn the laughs through good storytelling or beautiful animation.
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
August 3, 2006
This often amusing but also aimless and forgettable animated comedy is noteworthy mostly for its random musical numbers and surprising amounts of violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Luke Sader
Hollywood Reporter
August 3, 2006
While youngsters might enjoy the movie, more discerning tweens, teens and adults will not be as easily amused, and boxoffice prospects look modest, albeit followed by a long DVD shelf life.
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
August 3, 2006
Poorly animated and barely scripted, this is the worst in an endless line of computer-animated movies starring animals this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
August 3, 2006
Barnyard isn't genius, but it isn't cloying either. It's aggressively entertaining and, at times, unexpectedly touching.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 3, 2006
Barnyard is not without laughs, but they come in inverse proportion to the viewer's age.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
August 3, 2006
Barnyard can at least hold its head up as a sharply scripted effort that, while assembled from familiar elements, does not feel focus-grouped and committeed to death.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Gregory Kirschling
Entertainment Weekly
August 2, 2006
... feels like Barnyard swipes too much of its plot from The Lion King.
Full Review | Original Score: C+