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Free Birds Reviews

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Tom Meek
Cambridge Day
June 8, 2016
In the end, this freeform history lesson is a flightless foul.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Cris Kennedy
The Canberra Times (Australia)
May 23, 2016
Much of the better comedy is wasted on the younger viewers, with complex historical and cultural references kids just won't get.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Dan Schindel
Movie Mezzanine
April 8, 2014
Any given scene from Free Birds seems more like a YouTube parody of stupid children's films than a piece of something that real human beings put together with honest artistic intent.
Full Review | Original Score: D
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
February 9, 2014
These birds are good to look at, and you can easily get caught up in the characters. But the situation is a bit too much to swallow . . . even for Thanksgiving.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
David Edwards
Daily Record (UK)
February 7, 2014
This family-friendly animation gets off to an amusing start but soon flies off into la-la land.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jason Best
Movie Talk
January 19, 2014
The muddled story and lacklustre animation makes this a film that's strictly for the birds.
Mark Kermode
Observer (UK)
December 1, 2013
Anyone who's seen Chicken Run will wonder why they're not enjoying a well-constructed Aardman animation rather than attempting to make sense of this incoherent transatlantic trifle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
November 30, 2013
More of a Turkey Twizzler than a sizzler, Free Birds isn't funny enough to leave adults rolling in the aisles, nor does it have a sustained sense of peril to leave children on the edge of their seats.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Charlotte O'Sullivan
London Evening Standard
November 29, 2013
Ultimately embarrassing and even offensive but has an offbeat premise, some neat characters and plenty of guffaw-worthy gags.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brian Viner
Daily Mail (UK)
November 29, 2013
I can't bring myself to say that this film is a you-know-what. Let's just say that there should be no pardon. It deserves to die a death.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express (UK)
November 29, 2013
The animation is good but the plotting is too slow and unclear.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Sophie Monks Kaufman
Little White Lies
November 29, 2013
Surely Owen Wilson can do a lot better than a slipshod animation about time travelling turkeys?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
November 29, 2013
This undercooked cartoon caper about a rogue turkey heading back in time to get his compadres off the menu for the Thanksgiving Day dinner fails to ruffle anything like a feather.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Eddie Harrison
The List
November 29, 2013
Free Birds lacks the humour, pathos or narrative skill of a proper children's film.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Tara Brady
Irish Times
November 29, 2013
The film does boast an appealing buddy pairing in Wilson and Harrelson, a dash of conceptual originality, and some genuinely funny jokes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
November 28, 2013
It's weirdly confusing and structurally unsound, though no more so than any film about time travel, including Looper and Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. It is, however, enjoyable, with some funny lines.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph (UK)
November 28, 2013
The script is furiously unfunny - in the 17th century part of the story we get a 'my wife's cooking' joke, which certainly feels like it belongs there ...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Matthew Turner
November 28, 2013
Disappointing, poorly thought out animated comedy that fails to deliver any decent laughs and is further let down by a slapdash script, some blatant product placement and a miscast Woody Harrelson.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Andy Lea
Daily Star
November 26, 2013
After a brief lesson in American history, British kids will probably have a fine time. And there's just enough double-edged comedy to keep grown-ups from squawking too.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Stefan Pape
November 26, 2013
Ultimately, Free Birds is a formulaic piece of cinema, and despite the relatively original idea, it doesn't go anywhere you don't expect it to, with so little risk taken along the way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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