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Herbie: Fully Loaded Reviews

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Tyler Hanley
Palo Alto Weekly

Any responsible person should be wary of a vehicle that accelerates on its own, winks with its headlights and sprays hot oil at hostile onlookers.

| Original Score: 2/4

June 27, 2005
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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The movie is pretty cornball.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

June 22, 2005
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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I suppose there are worse ways to spend a summer evening than in the company of this cast and the R2D2-like automobile, but hasn't the day of Herbie come and gone?

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

June 21, 2005
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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Herbie: Fully Loaded proves that a movie about a souped-up Volkswagen Beetle with the engine of a rebel and a will of its own can still be a pedestrian outing.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 2/4

June 22, 2005
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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Fully Loaded adds up to little more than a cynical marriage of marketable commodities -- Lohan, NASCAR and the durably profitable Bug himself.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

June 24, 2005
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

Jason's movies, while intended to be scary, are sometimes sorta funny, while Herbie's movies, while intended to be funny, tend to be a little scary.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 1.5/4

June 22, 2005
Michael Szymanski
Sci-Fi Weekly

Hopefully, this movie will neither encourage the trend of guys naming their cars -- or body parts -- nor bring back the VW bug...

Full Review Source: Sci-Fi Weekly | Original Score: C-

September 8, 2005
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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[It] will amuse kids, but this Bug is low on comic gas.

June 20, 2005
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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I guess that wacky little car might amuse small children, but the special effects are surprisingly weak, the story is beyond clichéd and the attempt to wedge the hot NASCAR scene into the movie is just clumsy.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

June 27, 2005
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

'Walking on Sunshine' is casting a dark cloud over the movies.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 2/4

June 22, 2005
David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
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This remake is about half of a very likable film. But in movies (as in auto races) it isn't how you start, it's how you finish. And Herbie should have kept something in the tank for the late going.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

June 22, 2005
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

No amount of anti-jiggle CG work can fully diffuse the sexual undertones racing beneath the cute and cuddly hood of this modern update of the kid-friendly 1970s series.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/4

June 21, 2005
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons

Full Review Source: Dark Horizons | Original Score: 2/4

October 30, 2006
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com

Harmless, witless, unoriginal, uninventive, mildly entertaining and not liable to do any permanent damage to anyone who watches it.

Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: C+

June 22, 2005
Bob Grimm
Sacramento News & Review

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 2/5

June 3, 2006
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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A girlpower essay, feeble in its reach, unconvincing in its execution, cute in its tone, endless in its unspooling.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

June 22, 2005
Joshua Tyler
CinemaBlend.com

As the movie's title implies he's been updated, now he's possessed by the Devil.

Full Review Source: CinemaBlend.com | Original Score: 2/5

June 20, 2005
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

This new extreme installment of Disney's "Herbie" franchise is an attempt to resuscitate the property when it should have stayed long dead.

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

June 23, 2014
Mike Ward
Richmond.com

How can a car that winks compete with Shrek or Buzz Lightyear? Couldn't producers have given Herbie a goatee or sticker of Calvin peeing on Kit from Knight Rider.

Full Review Source: Richmond.com

June 24, 2005
Nick Rogers
State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)

Nothing here beats the old-school sight of a halved Bug placing first and third in a race. A snippet of that scene is more exciting than any of Herbie's newfound trickery.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4

June 23, 2005
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
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