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Garfield - The Movie (2004)



Critic Consensus: When the novelty of the CGI Garfield wears off, what's left is a simplistic kiddie movie.

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Jim Davis' famous cartoon cat finally makes his way to the big screen in this adaptation of the popular comic strip Garfield, which combines live action with CGI animation. Jon Arbuckle (Breckin Meyer) is a sweet, if somewhat clueless, man who shares his home with his pet cat, Garfield (voice of Bill Murray). Garfield is not your ordinary tabby -- he's fat, he's smart-mouthed, he's arrogant, he won't do anything he doesn't have to, and would rather stuff himself with lasagna than do something Jon asks of him. Despite this, Jon loves his cat, but when he decides to expand his animal family, Garfield is less than enthusiastic about the presence of Odie, a lovably enthusiastic dog whose only flaw is his extreme stupidity. While Jon is crazy for Odie, and especially likes having two pets that necessitate periodic visits to Dr. Liz Wilson (Jennifer Love Hewitt), a veterinarian he has a crush on, Garfield decides to remove Odie from the picture. Garfield arranges for Odie to become the property of Happy Chapman (Stephen Tobolowsky), a television host who acts like an animal lover on the round-cornered screen but doesn't much like pets on his own time. While Garfield at first enjoys ruling the roost again, he soon realizes the error of his ways, and in a rare example of selfless and ambitious behavior, hatches a plan to rescue Odie from Chapman. Garfield also features the voice talents of Debra Messing, Brad Garrett, Jimmy Kimmel, and Alan Cumming.more
Rating: PG (for brief mild language)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Kids & Family, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Joel Cohen, Alec Sokolow
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 19, 2004
Box Office: $75.3M
20th Century Fox - Official Site


Breckin Meyer
as Jon Arbuckle
Stephen Tobolowsky
as Happy Chapman
Bill Murray
as Garfield
Evan Arnold
as Wendall
Mark Christopher Law...
as Christopher Mello
Eve Brent Ashe
as Mrs. Baker
Alan Cumming
as Persnikitty
as The Rat
Richard Kind
as Dad Rat
Mark Christopher-Law...
as Christopher Mello
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Critic Reviews for Garfield - The Movie

All Critics (138) | Top Critics (37)

Without Murray, the film would have much less appeal.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

I felt the same misery, despair, offense and nausea while watching this film as I did The Cat in the Hat.

Full Review… | January 17, 2016
Fat Guys at the Movies

Cat-astrophic for adults, but kids will love it.

Full Review… | December 24, 2010
Common Sense Media

Hewitt's movie isn't without its laughs but it's ultimately a pretty pointless picture.

Full Review… | July 16, 2010

An innocent way to kill some time.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

Garfield is a cool cat with attitude, yet his debut on the big screen falls short by more than a whisker largely due to a script that relies on novelty value rather than fresh ideas.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Urban Cinefile

Audience Reviews for Garfield - The Movie

Tolerable. Bill Murray saves Garfield.

Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

A childhood favourite and a classic!

Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

This movie stunk. Bll Murray may sound like how I would imagine him, but I never imagined such a horrible movie.

Jim Careter

Super Reviewer

Garfield - The Movie Quotes

Garfield: Got milk?
– Submitted by Sterlin R (3 years ago)
Garfield: Love me, feed me, never leave me.
– Submitted by Suzanne T (4 years ago)
Garfield: I hate Mondays.
– Submitted by Lucas M (4 years ago)
Garfield: Once again, my life has been saved by the miracle of lasagna.
– Submitted by Lucas M (4 years ago)

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