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Hoodwinked Reviews

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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
November 27, 2006
Someone give these folks a real budget so they can make a movie that looks as good as it sounds.
Read More | Original Score: B-
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Anna Smith
Time Out
September 28, 2006
A breezy, passably funny spin on a children's classic, mixing slapstick and farce with character humour and delighting in demolishing stereotypes.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 21, 2006
The production contains enough positive elements to make it worth a look, but not until it reaches DVD or TV. As a theatrical offering, it disappoints.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tony Wong
Toronto Star
January 13, 2006
A warped, but mildly amusing twist on the childhood favourite.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
January 13, 2006
The digital animation ranges from competent to clunky, the jokes too often feel tossed-off and random, and the movie too often descends into dullness, only to be yanked back from the abyss by the goat.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
January 13, 2006
Offers a few laughs but overall is pretty tired.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 13, 2006
Hoodwinked may be a poor cousin to the Shrek franchise, but this made-on-the-cheap computer-animated feature still has more style and snarky gags than Disney's recent CG hit, Chicken Little.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
January 13, 2006
Even though it's basically a 10-minute short puffed up to fill 80 minutes, Hoodwinked has laughs and plenty of them.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
January 13, 2006
Bit by bit, we fall asleep.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
January 13, 2006
While it doesn't exactly break new ground, the movie is fast-paced and delivers lots of laughs aimed at both kids and adults, as well as some lively Looney Tunes-style action.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
January 13, 2006
Features lackluster character design, so-so animation and only fitful bursts of cleverness.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Debruge
Miami Herald
January 13, 2006
It's bound to disappoint grown-ups who've been spoiled by the Pixar polish, but it's certainly worth a gander down the road on DVD.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
January 13, 2006
Feels as warmed over as day-old muffins in Little Red Riding Hood's basket.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
January 13, 2006
Feels uncannily like a too-chipper children's computer game that has somehow become unlinked from its best feature, the interactive menu.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
January 13, 2006
The visuals are passable. The story's a lot of fun. And the story is what sells the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
January 13, 2006
A computer-animated feature that maintains a moderate level of cleverness without being the least bit engaging.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
January 13, 2006
Does exactly what a police procedural should: keeps us guessing.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
January 13, 2006
It's a moderately enjoyable escapade that isn't quite clever enough for adults and not quite imaginative enough for children.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
January 13, 2006
It takes place in a fantasy world whose cheaply rendered surfaces resemble Teletubbieland reupholstered with Naugahyde.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
January 13, 2006
Loud and rambunctious and more fun than it has any right to be.
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Nathan Lee
New York Times
January 12, 2006
Little Red Riding Hood gets deconstructed in this sub-Shrek bummer, the latest collaboration between computers and cynicism.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 12, 2006
Why would a distributor suddenly yank an animated family film from its intended wide December opening until mid-January? Could it be that the advance word of mouth wasn't very good-winked?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
January 12, 2006
This animated tale about 'what really happened' among the Wolf, Grandma, Red and the Woodsman doesn't excel in any department, from unspectacular computer animation to routine voice talent.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
January 12, 2006
As marketing theory, Hoodwinked makes a little sense. Too bad, then, it's so crummy.
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Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
January 12, 2006
It doesn't rival the artistry of Pixar or DreamWorks, but it's got an upstart charm, a clever premise, appealing characters voiced by a terrific cast and a script that should make you laugh out loud more than once.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
January 12, 2006
Hoodwinked -- which is the latest cartoon recycling of that oft-told fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood -- may be a bit scrappy-looking, but it's also pretty funny at times.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
January 12, 2006
Lacking a budget for big-time effects, the makers of Hoodwinked clearly had more time to work on the jokes.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 12, 2006
The Shrek-style nudge-nudge jokes aimed at adults are tiresome.
Read More | Original Score: C
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 11, 2006
Hoodwinked's most radical feature is that it's a ride without heroes -- unless, that is, you count the filmmakers, who could end up doing for independent animation what Soderbergh and Tarantino did for indie film.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Matt Singer
Village Voice
January 10, 2006
Finally, a Rashomon for the whole family. This cartoon version of 'Little Red Riding Hood' tells and retells its story from a variety of perspectives, all of them boring.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
January 4, 2006
It's got a couple of clever ideas. I thought the animation was uninspired and it's kind of forgettable.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
December 16, 2005
Hoodwinked is an irreverent, hard-edged retelling of Little Red Riding Hood -- a high-energy, imaginative entertainment aimed at younger audiences.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Justin Chang
Variety
December 15, 2005
A fast-paced, fitfully clever 3-D-animated feature that will entertain tykes but provide scant novelty for auds who've had their fill of revisionist fairy tale gags and postmodern 'tude from the Shrek franchise.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
December 15, 2005
[The film] gets hopelessly lost in the woods.
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Mark Olsen
L.A. Weekly
December 15, 2005
The animation style of Hoodwinked is dated by at least a handful of years, marked by that glassy smoothness that dominated previous generations of CGI.