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Chicken Run Reviews

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Peter Bradshaw

Chicken Run is a charmingly conceived entertainment. But it's a little bit twee.

Full Review Source: Guardian

August 24, 2014
F.X. Feeney
L.A. Weekly
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What gives this movie its oddly strong grip on a viewer's heart is a physical tenderness inseparable from the nature of claymation.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

August 24, 2014
Louis B. Hobson
Jam! Movies

The claymation comedy Chicken Run is eggsactly what the doctor ordered. It's a witty, high-spirited adventure that will appeal to moviegoers of all ages. Call it chicken soup for the funny bone.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies

August 24, 2014
Gregory Weinkauf
New Times

The first feature film from England's Aardman Animation, and the first truly terrific film to be released by DreamWorks.

Full Review Source: New Times

August 24, 2014
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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Most of the time Chicken Run entertains, instructs, involves and enchants.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

August 24, 2014
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Run to Chicken Run. This clay-animation comedy is the most entertaining animal story since Babe.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 4/4

August 24, 2014
Glen Oliver
IGN Movies

The film is brilliantly voiced across the board, with special notice to Mel Gibson as Rocky and Julia Sawalha as Ginger.

Full Review Source: IGN Movies

August 24, 2014
Dennis King
Tulsa World

The sly, sardonic flight of fancy known as Chicken Run is a delightful epic of fowl deeds, quests for freedom and poultry heroics from the off-kilter English cartoon house, Aardman Animation.

Full Review Source: Tulsa World

August 24, 2014
Matt Soergel
Florida Times-Union

Like Wallace & Gromit, it's a paean to British eccentricity, equal parts cluelessness and hopefulness, full of English slang and dry Brit humor.

Full Review Source: Florida Times-Union

August 24, 2014
Randall King
Jam! Movies

Indeed, it's the best movie comedy to come out of England since Monty Python packed up the circus.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies

August 24, 2014
Megan Spencer
Triple J

Chicken Run contains some gorgeous, destined-to-be-classic set pieces, and this is where the Aardman production team flex their animation muscles.

Full Review Source: Triple J | Original Score: 3/4

August 24, 2014
Todd Anthony
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

It's nothing less than a stop-motion tour de force, bursting with charm, humor, invention and eye-popping mise en scene.

Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

August 4, 2013
Leah Rozen
People Magazine

With its winking homages to films like Stalag 17 and The Great Escape, Run is visually inventive, its characters plump with personality and, for a bunch of chickens, ever so brave.

Full Review Source: People Magazine

August 4, 2013
Serena Donadoni
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

This wonderful visual treat is done in stop-action clay animation, a form which is both substantial and magical. It's as if the clay figures kids make have managed to take on a life of their own.

Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

August 4, 2013
David Edelstein
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This first feature by Nick Park and Peter Lord, the team that brought you Wallace and Gromit, is a diabolically witty piece of work, a haymaker.

Full Review Source: Slate

August 4, 2013
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

Most of the laughs stem from the peculiar appeal of claymation -- something about a raised eyebrow or other subtle bit of expression just seems funnier at the stop-motion speed of claymation.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News

August 4, 2013
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Apart from looking like no other type of animated film, Chicken Run stands alone in its unwavering determination not to play down to the kiddies.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

August 4, 2013
Ann Hornaday
Baltimore Sun

Chicken Run isn't just chock-full of references to classic prison-break movies and some witty inside Hollywood jokes, but is filled with a secret ingredient sadly missing from its super-digitized, merchandise-driven counterparts: heart.

Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun | Original Score: 3/4

August 4, 2013

Total Film

Chicken Run, Aardman's first full-length animated feature, finally makes good on the promise of the studio's award-winning shorts.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 4/5

August 4, 2013
David Parkinson
Radio Times

This feathered pastiche of PoW classics such as The Great Escape and Stalag 17 is an awesome achievement by consummate film-makers.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 5/5

August 4, 2013
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