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Barnyard Reviews

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
May 18, 2010
The laughs subside near the end as the requisite moral kicks in, but this is still that rare kids' movie I'd recommend to parents and nonparents alike.
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
February 19, 2007
A beatifully animated simple but fun plot, carries enough giggles for all age groups.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Simon Braund
Empire Magazine
October 21, 2006
Good voice talent and some funny moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Roger Tennis
Cinemaclips.com
September 6, 2006
Ben the Cow (the voice of Sam Elliott) has to teach his carefree son Otis (Kevin James) the responsibility of leadership over the farm animals. This is far from Otis' mind, but inevitable. Barnyard is a farm version of The Lion King with eno
| Original Score: 3/5
Peter T. Chattaway
Christianity Today
August 31, 2006
There is a nice mix of humour and pathos here. Barnyard may not be all that exceptional, but it is quite satisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
August 5, 2006
So, you know, it's fine. It's nothing special.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
August 4, 2006
A sweet and mildly funny movie that will entertain young audiences, but one aspect is utterly mystifying: The two main characters, father and son bovine creatures, have large, distracting udders.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
August 4, 2006
This is a darn cute movie and I think you'll find it funny.
| Original Score: 3/4
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
August 4, 2006
If not exactly Orwell's Animal Farm, Barnyard has its levels of wit and significance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
August 4, 2006
Among the summer's 'toons, Monster House remains the most visually exciting and sophisticated, but Barnyard is much funnier.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
August 4, 2006
Colorful and energetically silly, a little scary and shot through with reassuring and worthy life lessons, it's an untaxing children's movie formula all the way.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
August 4, 2006
The giddily indeterminate approach to bovine gender -- and charmingly sappy adoption subtext lend ample appeal to this decidedly non-Orwellian story of four legs good, two legs irrelevant.
Steve Tilley
Jam! Movies
August 4, 2006
What starts out as a strained, silly and strictly-for-the-chitlins collection of talking animal shenanigans redeems itself through sheer force of personality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Bill Zwecker
Chicago Sun-Times
August 4, 2006
The basically good -- though not very inspired -- Barnyard just stirred up a lot of 'been there, done that' feelings in me as I watched this film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
August 4, 2006
Barnyard: The Original Party Animals actually has a clever concept (the animals walk upright and hang out like humans when the farmer isn't looking) and it handles such sensitive topics as birth and death with unexpected grace.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
August 4, 2006
It's quick, it's painless, and there are enough laughs (and a few tears) throughout to keep everything moving along.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
August 3, 2006
It looks great, and it's bright and colorful, fast and fun, with terrific voice talent... You may know from the opening where the story's heading, but it's a fun ride, and there's a lot of heart between the laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Joe Leydon
Variety
August 3, 2006
With a blithe disregard for anatomical correctness, Barnyard offers the spectacle of male cows equipped with prominent udders while spinning an uplifting coming-of-age yarn spiked with liberal doses of madcap lunacy.
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Luke Sader
Hollywood Reporter
August 3, 2006
While youngsters might enjoy the movie, more discerning tweens, teens and adults will not be as easily amused, and boxoffice prospects look modest, albeit followed by a long DVD shelf life.
M. K. Terrell
Christian Science Monitor
August 3, 2006
This coming-of-age story can seem like a series of "Far Side" panels expanded into a feature, but it imparts its lessons with a wealth of detail and too many gags to catch in one viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008

Deseret News, Salt Lake City
October 18, 2008
Philip French
Observer (UK)
January 20, 2007
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 23, 2006

ComingSoon.net
September 23, 2006
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
September 23, 2006

Sydney Morning Herald
September 22, 2006
Beth McArthur
Georgia Straight
August 19, 2006

Baltimore Sun
August 5, 2006
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