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Over the Hedge Reviews

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Bruce Diones
New Yorker
April 14, 2013
The story has a loony, slapstick verve, and the star-studded voice work is uniformly entertaining.
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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.
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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.
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Time Out
June 29, 2006
It misses the mark a couple of times but in the main, it's good clean fun.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
June 22, 2006
An endearingly cheerful animated feature from DreamWorks.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
May 24, 2006
Over The Hedge is cute without being cutesy, satirical without being too cynical, and just a whole lot of fun.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
May 19, 2006
A raucous, funny and fresh look at the 3 C's: conservation, consumerism and consumption (of the excessive and conspicuous kind).
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
May 19, 2006
It is competent work and frequently amusing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
May 19, 2006
A charming, clever and crisply paced little confection about small, junk-food-addled mammals that's sure to delight large mammals of any age.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
May 19, 2006
Inspired casting of voice actors is one of several pleasures in this fun film for children, which has enough social satire to satisfy adults as well.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 19, 2006
Over the Hedge isn't by any stretch bad. It's just banal.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 19, 2006
Over the Hedge may be 'just' a cartoon. But it's also a biting and funny jab at SUV-MSG Nation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
May 19, 2006
The writing doesn't measure up to the casting, and the picture is miles from original.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
May 19, 2006
If they were still making Looney Tunes, they'd look a lot like Over the Hedge.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
May 19, 2006
The computer-animation is terrific, most of the slapstick gags are fun, and Wanda Sykes' voice performance as feisty Stella the Skunk is one that will be remembered -- and not because it stinks.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Debruge
Miami Herald
May 19, 2006
Spends none of the time that Michael Fry and T. Lewis' daily comic strip does staring at the stars or asking questions of the Tree That Knows Stuff, but the movie does offer an amusing animals'-eye-view on the absurdity of suburbia.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
May 19, 2006
Its own animal, a spirited and intrepid critter that mooches our affection along with the garbage.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
May 19, 2006
There may be only so many ways you can spin a computer-generated animated feature about a gang of animals and their grand project against an evil adversary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
May 19, 2006
Ultimately Hedge is déja vu all over again, a computer-generated work of wonder that could have come out last year, last month or two months from now, a film so reminiscent of other films it almost immediately dims in the memory.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
May 19, 2006
Will probably just feel beyond the pale to anyone more discerning than the average 8-year-old.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
May 19, 2006
Over the Hedge may not have you over the moon, but it gets far enough to qualify as decent family entertainment.
| Original Score: B
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
May 19, 2006
Intelligent jokes are set up and paid off, rather than blurred by an endless string of instantly-outdated pop culture references.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 19, 2006
A feature cartoon that is not at the level of Finding Nemo or Shrek, but is a lot of fun, awfully nice to look at, and filled with energy and smiles.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
May 19, 2006
The filmmakers are obviously concerned about the rise of exurbs, but they shrug off the issue and stick to the formula of a talking-critters script instead.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
May 18, 2006
No doubt the people at DreamWorks who made Over the Hedge would prefer that their film bring to mind animated classics like Disney's Bambi (or, as Hammy suggests, Ice Age), but no such luck.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
May 18, 2006
The frenetic, action-oriented (and fairly violent) set-pieces are well crafted, but without interesting characters it's only sporadically involving.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
May 18, 2006
Visually energetic and light on its feet, it's frothy entertainment that has some ideas in its head and a sense of playfulness that turns those ideas into a speedily pleasant 90 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
May 18, 2006
Hums along with such well-greased precision, you can almost hear the industrial cogs and wheels whirring in all their viscous complexity. There's such a knowing swagger about the film's comedy, there seems to be no innocence in the mix at all.
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
May 18, 2006
Falls squarely -- and, it must be said, squirrelly -- in the middle between the lackluster Madagascar and the wonderful Wallace & Gromit in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
May 18, 2006
With its clever script smartly tailored to fit all ages, Over the Hedge kept me nicely fed and watered ...
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
May 18, 2006
... enjoyable ...
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
May 18, 2006
A irresistible balance of computer-graphics animation and high wit, one that raises the three-dimensional computerized technique to a delirious new plateau.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
May 18, 2006
The movie delivers on the broad comedy, but the small moments are what really put Over the Hedge over the top.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 18, 2006
A nicely crafted charmer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
May 18, 2006
The critters and the humans here resemble metallic, robotic alternate-universe images of animals and people.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
May 17, 2006
The voice acting is delightful.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
May 17, 2006
It's energetic, colorful, occasionally clever and brims with top-drawer voice talent.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
May 17, 2006
Its chipper, sneering outsider's look at suburban sprawl and conformity isn't going to change the world, but it's still self-aware enough to be reasonably smart.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice
May 17, 2006
It feels like I've already seen Over the Hedge four times, after witnessing the parade of commercials for other junk its characters are pimping.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
May 16, 2006
... solid family entertainment ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
May 8, 2006
Chirpy, silly fun for youngsters thanks to solid character animation.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
May 6, 2006
A rather narrowly conceived tale that makes only modest hay from the overworked conflict between wildlife and encroaching humans.