Home on the Range Reviews

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
November 16, 2009
Assorted movie in-jokes should keep parents tolerably entertained, and Alan Menken's songs mercifully favor western swing over the expected twang pop.
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
One mustn't carp too much; the film unfolds at a sprightly pace, making it fair fodder for undemanding sproglets.
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Joe Leydon
Variety
April 27, 2004
Even if Disney production turns out to be, as many observers fear, one of studio's last 'traditionally animated' features, retro opus proves there's still a lot of life in them thar cels.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
April 5, 2004
... a serviceable time-killer.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
April 2, 2004
Comes across less as a fully realized work of storytelling than as a commercial for a corporation whose goal of entertainment has been replaced by that of making money.
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Jennifer Frey
Washington Post
April 2, 2004
An overextended cartoon, stretched to its limit despite the relatively short 76-minute running time.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
April 2, 2004
The cheerful, plucky characters have heart and loyalty, and that's enough to make this a worthy family-friendly animated fest.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
April 2, 2004
As animated features go, this is no Finding Nemo.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
April 2, 2004
A pleasant enough diversion, rarely rising above cuteness but nonetheless enjoyable for its young audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
April 2, 2004
This 76-minute Western tall tale isn't out-and-out bad, but strictly formulaic and an underachievement from the studio that made the dazzling Snow White.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 2, 2004
It's fun and it's a return to form, at least in terms of story, voices and gags.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
April 2, 2004
Even though the film runs a mere 77 minutes -- brief even by family fare standards -- it's still too large a dose of Barr.
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
April 2, 2004
| Original Score: B-
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
April 2, 2004
Remember that Disney has done much better cartoons than this one.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
April 2, 2004
Entertaining, not inspiring.
| Original Score: C+
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 2, 2004
It's only 76 minutes long, but although kids will like it, their parents will be sneaking looks at their watches.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
April 2, 2004
Even older kids will understand that Pixar does it so much better, not because of their computers but because of an intelligent attention to script and character and craft.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
April 2, 2004
While not destined to assume a place in the Disney animation pantheon, the film should reasonably entertain the small fry during the current holiday season.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
April 2, 2004
Short (76-minute) and formulaic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
April 2, 2004
As breezy as an afternoon on the prairie.
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
April 1, 2004
The writing of co-directors Will Finn and John Sanford and their characterizations are embarrassingly bad for a straight-to-theater Disney movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 1, 2004
A cow-a-bungle, a bovine bore, an udder waste of time.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Christine Dolen
Miami Herald
April 1, 2004
For Mom and Dad, the good news is that the movie doesn't run much longer than an episode of Dallas.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
April 1, 2004
The animation is perfunctory, the story is as uninvolving as it isdesperate, and the gags are flat (and occasionally flatulent).
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
April 1, 2004
This film throws so much at you so fast it hopes you won't notice that the quality of the material isn't particularly impressive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
April 1, 2004
The plucky bovines will have you rooting for them all the way.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
April 1, 2004
The writing is tame and the plot is plodding and oversimplified, even for a kids movie.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
April 1, 2004
Disney's western cartoon comedy may be the first film to require cortisone treatments from jamming its elbow in the audience's ribs so often.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
April 1, 2004
Directors Will Finn and John Sanford season their script with sight gags that go off like corn popping and wisecracks crisp enough for family consumption, if just light enough on the salt.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 1, 2004
It sounds silly. And it is. But much of the movie's charm comes from its embracing the silliness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
April 1, 2004
Keeps milking the same gags and throwing the same bull, and after a while you feel cowed watching it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 1, 2004
Witty and self-assured, Home on the Range ranks as one of Disney's better efforts.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
March 31, 2004
The film skews young, to be sure, and it isn't as memorable as the new Disney classics of the early 1990s, but there's still plenty here to hold the interest of viewers of all ages.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
March 31, 2004
Insistently -- and constrictedly -- pocket-size, an adventure for families who've decided on local travel for their next vacation.
Full Review | Original Score: C+