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Free Birds Reviews

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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
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Jessica Herndon
Associated Press
October 31, 2013
A solid premiere effort that shows Reel FX's potential to produce quality full-length animation. But the story-line, with its hypothetical constituents, seems a little desperate at times, even for a kiddie film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jordan Adler
We Got This Covered
October 31, 2013
Free Birds - the first feature-length effort from animation studio Reel FX - is as diverting as it is derivative, like a colourful newborn turkey hatched from better animated offerings.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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
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Kevin McFarland
AV Club
October 31, 2013
A film that was probably close to completion before anyone involved realized they were portraying a fight between turkeys and English settlers as the largest conflict in the European colonization of North America.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
November 1, 2013
It takes real dumb clucks to breed poultry this paltry. In fact, I'm not even sure if it's real meat. It's more like soggy, leftover tofu. But whatever it is, it's certainly not well done.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Curtis Woloschuk
Total Film
November 25, 2013
Even tykes will tell it to get stuffed.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Stephan Lee
Entertainment Weekly
October 30, 2013
Often, you can point to a middling animated film's visuals as its saving grace. But this colonial world, which should feel like an expansive autumnal panorama, feels oddly inert and two-dimensional.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Sandy Schaefer
ScreenRant
November 1, 2013
Free Birds has neither the heart nor the necessary spark of artistic madness, to make up for its perfunctory story design.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Michael Sauter
Film Journal International
October 31, 2013
It's not that the filmmakers were just mailing it in...But you can't just force inspiration, or creativity, or a sense of humor. They're either there or they aren't. Too often in Free Birds, they aren't.
William Bibbiani
CraveOnline
October 30, 2013
Free Birds should get stuffed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Stefan Pape
HeyUGuys
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
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
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
Matt Patches
IGN Movies
October 31, 2013
The turducken of animated comedies.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.1/10
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Miriam Bale
New York Times
October 31, 2013
The concept is inane, and the execution is manic and unoriginal.
Teddy Durgin
Screen It!
November 1, 2013
At no time in the movie was I on the side of the main bird characters. And at no time did I logically believe this movie. Yup, you guessed it, folks. This one's a turkey! (Full Content Review for Parents also available)
Jonathan W. Hickman
Daily Film Fix
November 1, 2013
Perhaps the best that can be said of "Free Birds" is that it makes the turkey the hero of Thanksgiving once again. It's just too bad that the film is written as though viewers have only bird brains.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
October 30, 2013
Frozen, undercooked and sorely lacking much in the way of "all the trimmings," this turkey isn't ready to serve.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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
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