Free Birds (2013)



Critic Consensus: Technically proficient yet creatively moribund, Free Birds begs unfortunate comparisons with the dim-witted fowl that inspired it.

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In this irreverent, hilarious, adventurous buddy comedy, directed by Jimmy Hayward (Horton Hears a Who!), two turkeys from opposite sides of the tracks must put aside their differences and team up to travel back in time to change the course of history - and get turkey off the holiday menu for good. (C) Relativity Media
PG (for some action/peril and rude humor)
Animation , Comedy , Kids & Family
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Owen Wilson
as Reggie
Amy Poehler
as Jenny
George Takei
as S.T.E.V.E.
Colm Meaney
as Myles Standish
Keith David
as Chief Broadbeak
Dan Fogler
as Governor Bradford
Dwight Howard
as Cold Turkey
Kaitlyn Maher
as President's Daughter
Jeff Biancalana
as General Sagan/Hazmat
Danny Carey
as Danny
Carlos Ponce
as Narrator/Alejandro
Robert Beltran
as Chief Massasoit
Lesley Nicol
as Pilgrim Woman
Jason Finazzo
as Chrononaut One
Scott Mosier
as Pizza Dude
Lauren Bowles
as Jake's Mother
Jimmy Hayward
as Hazmat, Ranger/Leatherbeak/President/Hazmat
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Critic Reviews for Free Birds

All Critics (82) | Top Critics (22)

Free Birds is not (sorry) a turkey of a film. But it doesn't really soar terribly high either.

Full Review… | November 8, 2013
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

A lot of agreeable kookiness compensates for the ramshackle script in this tale of turkeys traveling back in time to prevent becoming an essential part of Thanksgiving dinner.

Full Review… | November 1, 2013
Orange County Register
Top Critic

The movie's animal rights, vegetarian message should go down easily with politically correct parents - at least until they choke on the offensive depiction of 17th-century turkeys as face-painted, headband-wearing native Americans.

Full Review… | November 1, 2013
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Everything about "Free Birds" feels perfunctory, from its generic title and holiday setting to its starry voice cast and undistinguished use of 3-D.

Full Review… | October 31, 2013
Top Critic

A stale turkey hash that heaves a lot of ingredients in the oven but never turns on the gas, a frantic attempt to come up with an animated film built around Thanksgiving Day traditions.

October 31, 2013
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

A forgettable - and occasionally borderline offensive - animated tale of turkeys trying to take back Thanksgiving.

Full Review… | October 31, 2013
New York Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Free Birds

It's understandable that pretty much everyone absolutely hated this film, the main reasons being: its premise is laughably horrible, it isn't politically correct, and many find it humorless. I understand these points, and many of them are valid, but I think some credit is due to this holiday film. Though a lot of this is slipshod, there were a lot of great jokes. The humor in this is really great, blending jokes for both adults and children alike. It's really precocious in its handling of the material and made me laugh a good many times. Between those jokes, however, are really offensive depictions of Thanksgiving era turkeys as Native Americans, complete with feathers behind their heads and war paint on their faces. The premise, well executed in most of the film, still leaves some giant plot holes and a whole lot of unneeded absurdity. The worst of this is evidenced by the fact that the Pilgrims are presented as villains who blame the turkeys for their many misfortunes. The turkeys are actually to blame, since this is a kid's movie, but how do the humans know this? It's great for kids, because it's at least funny, but it's not intelligently presented.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer


A mediocre, run-of-the-mill animation destined to be rapidly forgotten by everyone, not only for being mostly unfunny and full of clichés but also because it holds few to no surprises, making sure that every joke is explained and leaving almost nothing to our imagination.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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