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Over the Hedge (2006)


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

Critics Consensus: 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.

Average Rating: 6.5/10
Reviews Counted: 42
Fresh: 29
Rotten: 13

Critics Consensus: 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.


Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 541,904


Movie Info

This tale centers on a mischievous con-artist raccoon named R.J. and a sensitive turtle named Verne. When R.J., Verne and their woodland friends find a suburban housing development encroaching on their forest home, Verne's first instinct is to retreat into his shell and leave. But the ever-opportunistic R.J. sees a treasure trove to be had from his unsuspecting new neighbors. Together, Verne and R.J. form an unlikely friendship as they learn to co-exist with -- and even exploit -- this strange … More

PG (for some rude humor and mild comic action)
Animation , Kids & Family , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Len Blum , Lorne Cameron , David Hoselton , Karey Kirkpatrick
In Theaters:
Oct 17, 2006
Box Office:
Dreamworks - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Over the Hedge

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

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

Full Review… | April 14, 2013
New Yorker
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 14, 2013
Associated Press
Top Critic

The final showdown, in which the critters tangle with security-rigged lawn flamingos and garden gnomes, would have made Rube Goldberg proud.

Full Review… | April 18, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

It misses the mark a couple of times but in the main, it's good clean fun.

Full Review… | June 29, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

An endearingly cheerful animated feature from DreamWorks.

Full Review… | June 22, 2006
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

Over The Hedge is cute without being cutesy, satirical without being too cynical, and just a whole lot of fun.

Full Review… | May 24, 2006
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 15, 2012
Shared Darkness

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

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Film School Rejects

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

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
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.

Full Review… | September 10, 2008

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

Full Review… | August 7, 2008
Sacramento News & Review

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

Full Review… | July 14, 2007
Murphy's Movie Reviews

A clever and fun escape from the summer blahs.

Full Review… | March 24, 2007

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

Full Review… | January 20, 2007
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.

Full Review… | January 20, 2007
Combustible Celluloid

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Full Review… | October 21, 2006
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.

Full Review… | September 27, 2006
Christianity Today

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

Full Review… | September 26, 2006
Cinema Sight

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

Full Review… | August 23, 2006
Sci-Fi Weekly

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

Full Review… | August 11, 2006
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.

Full Review… | July 8, 2006

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.

Full Review… | July 1, 2006

Audience Reviews for Over the Hedge


Another cute family film that my daughter and i had a good time with enjoying the fun.

John Manard

Super Reviewer


OVUH THE HEDGEEEEE! A pretty entertaining movie but nowhere near the caliber of any Pixar movie or Dreamworks' greater efforts.

Albert Kim
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.

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'

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

Over the Hedge Quotes

I've got make-up on my butt dude! And you don't even want to know about the cork!
– Submitted by Riley B (3 months ago)
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 (19 months ago)
This had better be a stupid cat.
– Submitted by Anthony A (2 years ago)
– Submitted by Anthony A (2 years ago)
I'm rabid!
– Submitted by Anthony A (2 years ago)
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