Critics Consensus

This fractured fairytale doesn't have the wit or animation quality to compete with the likes of the Shrek franchise.



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Forget everything you know about Little Red Riding Hood; the classic fairy tale gets a new look and a new style in this computer-animated comedy for the whole family. Grizzly (voice of Xzibit) and Stork (voice of Anthony Anderson) are a pair of critter cops who have been called the homey bungalow of Granny (voice of Glenn Close) to investigate a disturbance of the peace. It seems there was an altercation involving Granny, her granddaughter Little Red Riding Hood (voice of Anne Hathaway), a Big Bad Wolf (voice of Patrick Warburton), and a Woodsman (voice of Jim Belushi). However, as the detectives interview the participants and get each individual's perspective, they learn that Granny isn't so helpless, Red may have been doing more than just visiting relatives, the Wolf isn't the predator he's been cracked up to be, and the Woodman doesn't have much of an intellectual advantage over the trees he chops down. Hoodwinked also features the voice talents of Andy Dick, David Ogden Stiers, and Chazz Palminteri.


Jim Belushi
as The Woodsman
Anthony Anderson
as Det. Bill Stork
David Ogden Stiers
as Nicky Flippers
as Chief Grizzly
Chazz Palminteri
as Woolworth the Sheep
Andy Dick
as Boingo
Cory Edwards
as Twitchy
Benjy Gaither
as Japeth The Goat
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Critic Reviews for Hoodwinked

All Critics (124) | Top Critics (37) | Fresh (58) | Rotten (66)

  • Someone give these folks a real budget so they can make a movie that looks as good as it sounds.

    Nov 27, 2006 | Rating: B-

    Tasha Robinson

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • It's more than a little contrived, but Warburton's Wolf has a worldly, hard-bitten charm.

    Sep 30, 2006 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • A breezy, passably funny spin on a children's classic, mixing slapstick and farce with character humour and delighting in demolishing stereotypes.

    Sep 28, 2006 | Full Review…

    Anna Smith

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Saddled with cheap-looking animation and a far from stellar cast, this Shrek clone is a diverting but hardly memorable addition to a dangerously overworked genre.

    Aug 8, 2006 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Neil Smith

    Top Critic
  • 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.

    Jan 21, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • A warped, but mildly amusing twist on the childhood favourite.

    Jan 13, 2006 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

    Tony Wong

    Toronto Star
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Hoodwinked

  • Mar 23, 2013
    Quite funny but utterly daft.
    Jason 123 D Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2011
    A funny and okay movie. I didn't love it, and the animation sucked, but this movie was funny and a interesting take on the story.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer
  • Nov 30, 2011
    Ice Age 2. Over The Hedge. Chicken Little. The Wild. Open Season. The Barnyard. Flushed Away. If 2006 is remembered for anything it'd hardly be surprising if the most common recollection is "all those animated talking animal movies." And while Over The Hedge was really good, the rest have hardly been ground breaking so it comes as something of a pleasant surprise that Hoodwinked isn't too bad either. Unlike the previously mentioned movies, it isn't a straightforward adventure story but a multi-stranded whodunnit which is mostly told through flashbacks and also possesses a wicked sense of almost-adult humour. The closest comparison would be Shrek and while the Green Ogre's film was concerned with putting a fresh spin on fairy tales, Hoodwinked adopts a similar approach for the children's tale of Red Riding Hood. It begins at a crime scene investigation at Grandma's house at what seems like an open and shut case. Red (Anne Hathaway) has found a wolf (Patrick Warburton) in her Gran's bed and on the verge of being eaten, was rescued by a woodsman (Jim Belushi). However, Detective Nicky Flippers (David Ogden Stiers) suspects there is more to the tale and so decides to interrogate them all, each of the four principle characters then proceeding to spin out their own story. Admittedly, not everything in this movie fits. The woodsman's back-story isn't especially funny and there are a couple of ill-advised musical numbers that jar horribly with the rest of the film, but when Hoodwinked gets it right, it does so with aplomb. Red could have been a highly annoying spunky teenager but Anne Hathaway gives her a sense of maturity and turns her into a charming and engaging young woman. Her initial story is one of the most enjoyable segments and contains an absolutely hilarious incident with an old goat who has to sing everything he says. The highlight though is Patrick Warburton as the Wolf. He is blessed with some of the best lines of dialogue ("What do you do?" "I'm a shepherd") and his storyline is by far and away the movie's milestone. Warburton is perfectly cast as the sarcastic canine and effortlessly steals the entire film. After that, the woodsman's story only seems dull and while Granny's back-story regains some of the momentum, your thoughts will most likely still be with the wolf. It's not without it's faults though. Plenty of comments on these pages deal with the animation so I will not dwell on that too much but it is undeniably low quality. The chief problem though is that Hoodwinked sadly isn't as subversive as it could have been. Taking on Shrek was certainly an ambitious aim and even with the frequently hilarious dialogue, it just doesn't quite match it. It is good, but it does feel more like a warm up rather than a main event. In conclusion then, an entertaining and often very funny movie but one with shortcomings. The animation is admittedly more befitting a TV short than a full length feature, the woodsman is a let down and the songs don't fit, but its strengths overcome its weak points. And if anyone sees fit to complain about the pre-requisite hyperactive squirrel which seems to crop up in every talking animal movie, try not to forget the fact that hyperactive squirrels are really really funny. It may not be as good as Cars or Over The Hedge, but Hoodwinked comes in a worthy third place and is certainly better than a lot of the competition.
    Patrick B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 17, 2011
    A bit boring, but interesting and fun.
    Rodrigo R Super Reviewer

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