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Chicken Run Reviews

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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
July 20, 2015
Even without Wallace and Gromit, most of the trademark joys are here: the compound of squashy creatures and heavy machinery, the wide, open-ended rictus of a toothy smile, and the great Parkian gulp.
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Debra Jo Immergut
Wall Street Journal
July 20, 2015
It coaxes you to laugh and cry, flatters your intelligence, and practically guarantees a cheap night out: at dinner afterward, no one's going to be ordering anything but salad.
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F.X. Feeney
L.A. Weekly
August 24, 2014
What gives this movie its oddly strong grip on a viewer's heart is a physical tenderness inseparable from the nature of claymation.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
August 24, 2014
Most of the time Chicken Run entertains, instructs, involves and enchants.
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 24, 2014
Run to Chicken Run. This clay-animation comedy is the most entertaining animal story since Babe.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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August 4, 2013
This first feature by Nick Park and Peter Lord, the team that brought you Wallace and Gromit, is a diabolically witty piece of work, a haymaker.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 4, 2013
Apart from looking like no other type of animated film, Chicken Run stands alone in its unwavering determination not to play down to the kiddies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
August 4, 2013
It is not only an amazing technical accomplishment, it's also the wittiest and best-voiced animated movie to come along in years.
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Susan Wloszczyna
USA Today
August 4, 2013
Chicken Run boasts the most delicious collection of desperately funny Brits since The Full Monty. Poultry has never been so stuffed with personality.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader
August 4, 2013
The finale and a scene set inside the pie-making machinery prove that the Rube Goldberg formula is infallible, and the puns -- another staple of crossover animation -- range from "fowl" to "poultry in motion."
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
August 4, 2013
The level of invention on display, from the vividly detailed models and figurines to the gallery of memorable supporting characters, is astonishing at any length.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
September 3, 2008
Exactly the picker-upper this macho-movie summer needs.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
It'd be churlish to carp about this triumph of craftsmanlike technique.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
April 5, 2002
Fans of the more subversive Wallace and Gromit tales are almost bound to be somewhat disappointed by this safer, more mainstream effort.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
March 21, 2001
I was ready to fly the coop long before the 82 minutes were up, but if you're in the mood for something offbeat and wacky, Chicken Run may be just your kind of amiably birdbrained entertainment.
| Original Score: B-
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
Before our disbelieving eyes, a pageant of jeopardy, romance and rescue unfolds.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Simple, but engaging.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
If the Aardman menagerie strikes you as funny, the movie will too.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
January 1, 2000
Funny in eggs-ecution and fabulous in design.
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
January 1, 2000
It's immensely satisfying, a divinely relaxed and confident film. Mr. Park and Mr. Lord brilliantly integrate everyday objects into the story.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
January 1, 2000
There's plenty to cluck about.
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
January 1, 2000
It's so much fun.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Sean P. Means
Film.com
January 1, 2000
Chicken Run rules the roost.
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Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz
January 1, 2000
It could do for the plight of poultry what Babe did for bacon.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
It is observant about human (or chicken) nature.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
January 1, 2000
Julia Sawalha gives Ginger a brave, smart, you-go-hen! attitude.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
January 1, 2000
It's always risky to count your chickens before they're hatched. Even so, I have to say that Chicken Run deserves to be a runaway hit.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
January 1, 2000
A pleasing and likable comedy that will entertain virtually all age groups.
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 1, 2000
Fun even with your eyes closed; the jokes and Britishisms and sound effects work all by themselves.
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Lots of groovy chicks, scads of cheep thrills and a studly rooster with a comb-over to die for.
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
January 1, 2000
It's as much a treat for adults as for children, with humor that spans all age ranges and careens from sophisticated to just plain silly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
January 1, 2000
A movie both hilarious and sometimes heart-stoppingly exciting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
January 1, 2000
You'll want to see Chicken Run more than once.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 2000
A delightful, perceptive, funny, detail-perfect fable.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
January 1, 2000
A delightfully clever feature.
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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
A witty, action-packed story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
Chicken Run is the rare, true original in modern movies. It will delight you beyond words. Don't even think about missing it.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Aardman delivers the most consistently entertaining animated film in years.
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Michael Sragow
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
The first feature from the creators of Wallace and Gromit is a plucking good time.
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David Ansen
Newsweek
January 1, 2000
There is something wonderfully improbable, anachronistic and quixotic about Chicken Run.
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Tom Keogh
Film.com
January 1, 2000
A triumph for Park and Lord.