Free Birds Reviews

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Dan Schindel
Movie Mezzanine
April 8, 2014
Any given scene from Free Birds seems more like a YouTube parody of stupid children's films than a piece of something that real human beings put together with honest artistic intent.
Full Review | Original Score: D
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
February 9, 2014
These birds are good to look at, and you can easily get caught up in the characters. But the situation is a bit too much to swallow . . . even for Thanksgiving.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
David Edwards
Daily Record [UK]
February 7, 2014
This family-friendly animation gets off to an amusing start but soon flies off into la-la land.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jason Best
Movie Talk
January 19, 2014
The muddled story and lacklustre animation makes this a film that's strictly for the birds.
Mark Kermode
Observer [UK]
December 1, 2013
Anyone who's seen Chicken Run will wonder why they're not enjoying a well-constructed Aardman animation rather than attempting to make sense of this incoherent transatlantic trifle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
November 30, 2013
More of a Turkey Twizzler than a sizzler, Free Birds isn't funny enough to leave adults rolling in the aisles, nor does it have a sustained sense of peril to leave children on the edge of their seats.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Charlotte O'Sullivan
This is London
November 29, 2013
Ultimately embarrassing and even offensive but has an offbeat premise, some neat characters and plenty of guffaw-worthy gags.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brian Viner
Daily Mail [UK]
November 29, 2013
I can't bring myself to say that this film is a you-know-what. Let's just say that there should be no pardon. It deserves to die a death.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express
November 29, 2013
The animation is good but the plotting is too slow and unclear.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Sophie Monks Kaufman
Little White Lies
November 29, 2013
Surely Owen Wilson can do a lot better than a slipshod animation about time travelling turkeys?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
November 29, 2013
This undercooked cartoon caper about a rogue turkey heading back in time to get his compadres off the menu for the Thanksgiving Day dinner fails to ruffle anything like a feather.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Eddie Harrison
The List
November 29, 2013
Free Birds lacks the humour, pathos or narrative skill of a proper children's film.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Tara Brady
Irish Times
November 29, 2013
The film does boast an appealing buddy pairing in Wilson and Harrelson, a dash of conceptual originality, and some genuinely funny jokes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
November 28, 2013
It's weirdly confusing and structurally unsound, though no more so than any film about time travel, including Looper and Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. It is, however, enjoyable, with some funny lines.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph
November 28, 2013
The script is furiously unfunny - in the 17th century part of the story we get a 'my wife's cooking' joke, which certainly feels like it belongs there ...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
November 28, 2013
Disappointing, poorly thought out animated comedy that fails to deliver any decent laughs and is further let down by a slapdash script, some blatant product placement and a miscast Woody Harrelson.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Andy Lea
Daily Star
November 26, 2013
After a brief lesson in American history, British kids will probably have a fine time. And there's just enough double-edged comedy to keep grown-ups from squawking too.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Stefan Pape
HeyUGuys
November 26, 2013
Ultimately, Free Birds is a formulaic piece of cinema, and despite the relatively original idea, it doesn't go anywhere you don't expect it to, with so little risk taken along the way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Olly Richards
Empire Magazine
November 25, 2013
Not bootiful.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Curtis Woloschuk
Total Film
November 25, 2013
Even tykes will tell it to get stuffed.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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