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Over the Hedge (2006)

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75

Average Rating: 6.8/10
Reviews Counted: 168
Fresh: 126 | Rotten: 42

Even if it's not an animation classic, Over the Hedge is clever and fun, and the jokes cater to family members of all ages.

68

Average Rating: 6.5/10
Critic Reviews: 41
Fresh: 28 | Rotten: 13

Even if it's not an animation classic, Over the Hedge is clever and fun, and the jokes cater to family members of all ages.

audience

71

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Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 541,044

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Movie Info

A group of feisty forest critters awaken following the winter freeze to discover that not only has a new neighborhood cropped up during the cold months, but living in close proximity to humans may have its benefits in this computer-animated comedy-adventure for all ages featuring the voices of Bruce Willis, Garry Shandling, Steve Carell, Wanda Sykes, Avril Lavigne, Eugene Levy, and William Shatner. Despite Verne the Turtle's (Garry Shandling) initial hesitance to breach the formidable foliage

Oct 17, 2006

$155.0M

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All Critics (168) | Top Critics (41) | Fresh (126) | Rotten (42) | DVD (18)

The story has a loony, slapstick verve, and the star-studded voice work is uniformly entertaining.

April 14, 2013 Full Review Source: New Yorker
New Yorker
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If Over the Hedge aims solely to entertain, it does so in a way that's mildly amusing but mostly hackneyed. If it aims to instruct, it weakens its own argument with the plethora of product tie-ins.

April 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Associated Press
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The final showdown, in which the critters tangle with security-rigged lawn flamingos and garden gnomes, would have made Rube Goldberg proud.

April 18, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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It misses the mark a couple of times but in the main, it's good clean fun.

June 29, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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An endearingly cheerful animated feature from DreamWorks.

June 22, 2006 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal
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Over The Hedge is cute without being cutesy, satirical without being too cynical, and just a whole lot of fun.

May 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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A colorful and engaging comedy of suburbia's encroachment into the wilderness and its consequences for a motley crew of animals just awakened from hibernation.

May 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Shared Darkness
Shared Darkness

Adventure, cute and cuddly animals, and some wit make for a wonderful experience!

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Film School Rejects
Film School Rejects

A surprisingly very good animated adventure that relishes in simplicity...

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Caffeine freak critters, duplicitous raccoons, a highly talented cast and Bill Shatner in overacting overdrive -- it's like coming out of hibernation and waking in an animator's playground.

September 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

The story is no grabber, and the sight gags are labored, but the animation is sleekly pretty, and it goes by painlessly enough.

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

I watched the film with very low expectations and was pleasantly surprised by its heart and its humor.

July 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Murphy's Movie Reviews
Murphy's Movie Reviews

A clever and fun escape from the summer blahs.

March 24, 2007 Full Review Source: UGO

A cookie-cutter money-spinner, finely tooled for maximum profit, but utterly lacking timeless charm.

January 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Observer [UK] | Comments (2)
Observer [UK]

The new Dreamworks CGI animated feature ignores much of the satire and tries to cram the rest into the usual kids movie format.

January 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Comment (1)
Combustible Celluloid

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October 21, 2006 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

The film's messages -- pro-family, pro-ecology, anti-consumerism -- sometimes feel forced. But Hedge is genuinely and consistently funny, for both children and parents.

September 27, 2006 Full Review Source: Christianity Today
Christianity Today

This funny film follows the foibles of foragers forced to find food in the suburbs.

September 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

As a film buff I certainly appreciated the obscure film references, but gosh, some of these are way dated

August 23, 2006 Full Review Source: Sci-Fi Weekly
Sci-Fi Weekly

A pleasant little animated film with great graphics, strong characters and a passable story about the value of family and friends.

August 11, 2006 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Bursting with energy, excitement and humour while finding a tone that'll have kids and adults alike rolling in the aisles, Over the Hedge is the first of this year's classic animations, destined to be remembered for years to come.

July 8, 2006 Full Review Source: FilmFocus

Animação despretensiosa que, eficiente do ponto de vista técnico, substitui a originalidade pela tentativa de provocar o riso fácil. E o mais importante: consegue.

July 6, 2006
Cinema em Cena

Lack of a decent plot or memorable characters starts to show around the hour mark.

July 1, 2006 Full Review Source: BBC

Audience Reviews for Over the Hedge

OVUH THE HEDGEEEEE! A pretty entertaining movie but nowhere near the caliber of any Pixar movie or Dreamworks' greater efforts.
March 9, 2012
Albert Kim

Super Reviewer

This film intrigued me when I found out the plot and name for the first time and whilst watching it I did find it was interesting, it provided a solid hippy rebellious if you like, plot. And it's probably the best film i've seen about cute animals trying to prtect their home. The jokes are good and its very entertaining, its a hugely underated film and my favorite made by Dreamworks joint with Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron which the film reminded me of, due to its serious message and hatred for human kind. Brilliant.
February 25, 2012
Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

This is the best animated film for along time, not as cool or original as 'Toy Story' but the next best for sometime (animal based anyway). Its got all the usual cute characters vs human plot line but it has a slightly adult edge, due to its original comicstrip background, which gives it a very funny and slightly dark outlook. The characters are brilliant...mainly Hammy and Verne, and the voices are well matched, even Willis. This is also one of the best looking films around with the humans looking good and quite sensible instead of wacky but its the humour here that wins you over.
'OK..I thought we'd be dead by now so we're doing great'
February 9, 2012
phubbs1

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    1. RJ: Chances are if you feel like a dirtbag, you're a dirtbag. So own it! Say it out loud, "I am a dirtbag."
    – Submitted by Taylor R (12 months ago)
    1. Stella: This had better be a stupid cat.
    – Submitted by Anthony A (2 years ago)
    1. Hammy: I WANT MY COOKIES!
    – Submitted by Anthony A (2 years ago)
    1. Hammy: I'm rabid!
    – Submitted by Anthony A (2 years ago)
    1. Hammy: [growls]
    – Submitted by Anthony A (2 years ago)
    1. Hammy: DIBS!
    – Submitted by Anthony A (2 years ago)
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