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Open Season Reviews

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Derek Adams
Time Out
November 18, 2011
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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Time Out
October 14, 2006
I have to say that the humour here (some of it Pythonesque) is mostly spot on and, at times, mischievously dark.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
October 2, 2006
It's just okay.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 30, 2006
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
September 29, 2006
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?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
September 29, 2006
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
September 29, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 29, 2006
It's not deep and not totally original. But Open Season is whiplash quick with the gags and spot-on with the funny voices.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
September 29, 2006
An ugly, painfully derivative and sleep-inducing talking-animals cartoon laced with potty humor.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
September 29, 2006
A story that balances gentle messages with enough goofy anarchy to please any kid.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 29, 2006
Open Season is a rambunctious blast. It's Sony Pictures Animation's first full-length feature film and no effort was spared getting it right.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Debruge
Miami Herald
September 29, 2006
For an inaugural effort, Open Season ain't bad, but the studio shows far more promise with its gee-whiz visuals than it does in the story department.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
September 29, 2006
The movie is a genial romp and because it relies on the gentlest of scatological comedy, it can be enjoyed by all ages.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Mark Medley
Globe and Mail
September 29, 2006
The film wraps mindless cartoon violence and a few fart jokes around life lessons about friendship and responsibility. Kids should like it; parents won't mind it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
September 29, 2006
Some theaters are showing the movie in IMAX 3D, which is the way I saw it. The novelty helps, but it still can't bring depth to entertainment this shallow.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
September 29, 2006
One of the biggest surprises in this first full-length film from Sony Pictures Animation is how funny Ashton Kutcher is as Elliot.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
September 29, 2006
This debut offering from Sony Pictures Animation has a giddy energy about it and a gleeful sense of its own weirdness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bill Zwecker
Chicago Sun-Times
September 29, 2006
While the filmmakers here have provided us with a passable tale that is mildly humorous, Open Season breaks no new ground, from neither the animation nor the storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Janice Page
Boston Globe
September 29, 2006
When your most distinctive element is Ashton Kutcher as a one-antlered mule deer, respect has reason to elude you.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
September 29, 2006
Although Open Season isn't the perfect animated movie, it features enough humor and gags to entertain most small kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
September 29, 2006
At any point, do the people involved realize they've got a lot of pretty animated images, no jokes, less story, and voice performances that never click together?
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
September 29, 2006
Somebody ought to declare open season on these copycat movies, but in the meantime, you could do a lot worse than this bright-looking, lightly amusing excursion from the Sony's Imageworks CG division.
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Justin Chang
Variety
September 29, 2006
Though hardly the first animated film to tackle the plight of domesticated animals returning to the wild, Open Season is a witty, warmly crafted chestnut that reps a promising feature debut from Sony's upstart toon division.
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Laura Kern
New York Times
September 28, 2006
Periodic bursts of cleverness and eye-popping imagery cant disguise that this is just another movie full of jive-talking computer-generated animals with little new to say.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
September 28, 2006
With a slick visual style similar to Monster House, Open Season trots out tropes that recent animated classics have done with more wit and smarts.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
September 28, 2006
Though Open Season is no Shrek or Ice Age, it gets laughs too. It's capable of giving at least the kid part of the audience a good hunter-trashing, bunny-bashing time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
September 28, 2006
It looks good; at times, even great. In fact, Open Season shimmers so much in strictly visual terms that its dearth of genuine wit or ingenuity is almost physically painful to acknowledge.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jon Waterhouse
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
September 28, 2006
The film's soulless, computerized mountain ranges can't touch the immaculate, hand-painted backgrounds of old-school Disney. If animation filmmakers are going to recycle, they need to go back. Way back.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Gregg Rickman
L.A. Weekly
September 28, 2006
Directors Roger Allers and Jill Culton don't trust their material in the two big comic sequences, a sugar-fueled rampage in a convenience store, and a flood, and cut them too quickly for all the jokes to register.
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Gregory Kirschling
Entertainment Weekly
September 27, 2006
The overfamiliar Open Season feels like just another CG 'toon in our 'toon-glutted times.
Full Review | Original Score: C+