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Open Season (2006)



Average Rating: 5.4/10
Reviews Counted: 100
Fresh: 48 | Rotten: 52

Open Season is a cliched palette of tired jokes and CG animal shenanigans that have been seen multiple times this cinematic year.


Average Rating: 5.6/10
Critic Reviews: 28
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 13

Open Season is a cliched palette of tired jokes and CG animal shenanigans that have been seen multiple times this cinematic year.



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A domesticated grizzly bear finds that there's more to life than being the star attraction of a mountain town nature show when a fast-talking mule deer offers him a crash course in woodland living in Sony Pictures Animation's first full-length animated feature. Raised by kindly park ranger Beth (Debra Messing) since he was a just a cub, 900-pound grizzly Boog (Martin Lawrence) is content to spend his days entertaining Timberline tourists and his nights nestled safely in Beth's luxurious garage.

Jan 30, 2007


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All Critics (106) | Top Critics (30) | Fresh (48) | Rotten (52) | DVD (16)

I have to say that the humour here (some of it Pythonesque) is mostly spot on and, at times, mischievously dark.

October 14, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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It's just okay.

October 2, 2006 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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Now that we've made one of the best computer-generated talking-animal-on-an-odyssey movies in the brief but busy history of the genre, can we please, please move on?

September 29, 2006 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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A little bit like Over the Hedge, and a lot like the upcoming Flushed Away, in which an animated house mouse is forced to fend for himself in the sewers of London, Open Season may sound a bit familiar, but it is never dull.

September 29, 2006
San Jose Mercury News
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With animated movies coming out every other week or so, mediocrity is becoming a rule. Open Season loses more points than most films because of its similarities to Over the Hedge, one of the few kids films that did it right this year.

September 29, 2006 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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It's not deep and not totally original. But Open Season is whiplash quick with the gags and spot-on with the funny voices.

September 29, 2006 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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Animated animal buddy flick is crude but funny.

January 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Comment (1)
Common Sense Media

Animated children's movies should not glamorize criminal activity and war, but that's exactly what happens in "Open Season"...

April 25, 2009 Full Review Source:

Despite inconsistencies in audience and humor, there's enough to like about Open Season.

July 28, 2007

[A] beautifully animated and funny, if formulaic, odd-couple comedy.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

The animation is pleasing and Billy Connolly gives a hilarious turn as a loud-mouthed, bossy squirrel, who has never heard the notion that size intimidates

November 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Decidedly average . . .

November 24, 2006
SA Movie & DVD Magazine

full review in Greek

October 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

In the end, the hunter becomes the hunted; but wouldn't the animal rights message mean more if you actually cared about the critters?

October 17, 2006 Full Review Source: BBC

Lawrence proves much less irritating as an animated bear than he does in his real-life performances.

October 14, 2006 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

There's virtuosity here but no magic.

October 14, 2006 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

he animation is so-so, the debt to Madagascar and The Jungle Book blatant, and the jokes thin.

October 14, 2006 Full Review Source: Independent

Screened at the IMAX, this is one 3-D movie that absolutely gains nothing from being in the format.

October 13, 2006 Full Review
Atlantic City Weekly

Fatally lacking laughs and a real sense of adventure, this is a sporadically funny and awkwardly animated curiosity.

October 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

A couple of years ago, this might have been something special, but with so many talking animal films out there, it just ain't.

October 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

At this point, the most we can hope for now is an animated film that doesn't concern breaking out of a zoo of some sort.

October 12, 2006 Full Review Source:

Sony Pictures bags a warm and furry comedy stocked with cute critters and gentle lessons about leaving the nest.

October 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

...a computer-animated tale best suited for the pre-teen demographic, yet there are enough genuine, high-energy laughs to amuse viewers of just about any age.

October 9, 2006 Full Review
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)

[I]t's hard to pinpoint who is responsible for this wretched train wreck of an animated feature. Whoever it was... they evidently worked backward... The result is too coarse for children under 10, insulting to anyone older than that and boring for all.

October 4, 2006 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

The film isn't painfully bad, and on occasion it's almost strange enough to pass muster on that score alone.

October 4, 2006 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Open Season

Martin Lawrence and Ashton Kutcher are two of the most annoying actors 'working' today so hearing their voices scream for the best part of 90 minutes was not enjoyable for me. I thought the story was pretty weak and I didn't much care for the animation. I didn't find it particularly funny either. Elliot is pretty much a carbon copy of Donkey from Shrek, indeed much of the film seems similar. The only reason Dreamworks probably haven't sued is because it is so forgettable.
September 2, 2013

Super Reviewer

It's good if your bored. Open Season is funny at times but ultimately its far far too silly with a poor amount of witty humour apart from the teddy bear picnic song joke.
November 4, 2011
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Super Reviewer

OPEN SEASON was funny at some parts, but seeing (or hearing, rather) Martin Lawrence and Ashton Kutcher elicit laughs in a family feature seemed very slightly uneven to me.
August 22, 2011

Super Reviewer

    1. Shaw: [looks in the fridge] Someone's been eatin' my candy. [finds his chair knocked over] Somebody's been sittin' in my chair. [smells something and opens the bathroom door] SOMEBODY FORGOT TO FLUSH!
    – Submitted by Brandon M (21 months ago)
    1. McSquizzy: Freedom!
    – Submitted by Anthony A (24 months ago)
    1. Giselle: [Smiling at Elliot] Sweet!
    – Submitted by Anthony A (24 months ago)
    1. Boog: Uh... ELLIOT!
    – Submitted by Anthony A (24 months ago)
    1. Boog: Get it off! Like a band-aid! Please!
    – Submitted by Anthony A (24 months ago)
    1. Boog: Get it off, like a band-aid please!
    2. Elliot: Okay this might hurt a little, and you might want to cover your ears
    3. Boog: Cover my what- OW!
    4. Elliot: Okay scamp off back to the woods little buddy. Oh porcupines.
    – Submitted by Elbis M (2 years ago)
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