Over the Hedge Reviews

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Top Critic
Bruce Diones
New Yorker
April 14, 2013
The story has a loony, slapstick verve, and the star-studded voice work is uniformly entertaining.
Top Critic
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
April 14, 2013
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.
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
May 15, 2012
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.
Neil Miller
Film School Rejects
July 6, 2010
Adventure, cute and cuddly animals, and some wit make for a wonderful experience!
Full Review | Original Score: A
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
A surprisingly very good animated adventure that relishes in simplicity...
Paul Aston
Film4
September 10, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 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 | Original Score: 3/5
Ted Murphy
Murphy's Movie Reviews
July 14, 2007
I watched the film with very low expectations and was pleasantly surprised by its heart and its humor.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
April 18, 2007
The final showdown, in which the critters tangle with security-rigged lawn flamingos and garden gnomes, would have made Rube Goldberg proud.
March 24, 2007
A clever and fun escape from the summer blahs.
Mark Kermode
Observer [UK]
January 20, 2007
A cookie-cutter money-spinner, finely tooled for maximum profit, but utterly lacking timeless charm.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 20, 2007
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
October 21, 2006
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Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Carolyn Arends
Christianity Today
September 27, 2006
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
September 26, 2006
This funny film follows the foibles of foragers forced to find food in the suburbs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Michael Szymanski
Sci-Fi Weekly
August 23, 2006
As a film buff I certainly appreciated the obscure film references, but gosh, some of these are way dated
Full Review | Original Score: C
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
August 11, 2006
A pleasant little animated film with great graphics, strong characters and a passable story about the value of family and friends.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Joe Utichi
FilmFocus
July 8, 2006
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
July 6, 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.
| Original Score: 4/5
Neil Smith
BBC.com
July 1, 2006
Lack of a decent plot or memorable characters starts to show around the hour mark.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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