Garfield - The Movie

2004

Garfield - The Movie (2004)

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Critic Consensus: When the novelty of the CGI Garfield wears off, what's left is a simplistic kiddie movie.

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Jim Davis' famous cartoon cat finally makes his way to the big screen in this adaptation of the popular comic strip Garfield, which combines live action with CGI animation. Jon Arbuckle (Breckin Meyer) is a sweet, if somewhat clueless, man who shares his home with his pet cat, Garfield (voice of Bill Murray). Garfield is not your ordinary tabby -- he's fat, he's smart-mouthed, he's arrogant, he won't do anything he doesn't have to, and would rather stuff himself with lasagna than do something Jon asks of him. Despite this, Jon loves his cat, but when he decides to expand his animal family, Garfield is less than enthusiastic about the presence of Odie, a lovably enthusiastic dog whose only flaw is his extreme stupidity. While Jon is crazy for Odie, and especially likes having two pets that necessitate periodic visits to Dr. Liz Wilson (Jennifer Love Hewitt), a veterinarian he has a crush on, Garfield decides to remove Odie from the picture. Garfield arranges for Odie to become the property of Happy Chapman (Stephen Tobolowsky), a television host who acts like an animal lover on the round-cornered screen but doesn't much like pets on his own time. While Garfield at first enjoys ruling the roost again, he soon realizes the error of his ways, and in a rare example of selfless and ambitious behavior, hatches a plan to rescue Odie from Chapman. Garfield also features the voice talents of Debra Messing, Brad Garrett, Jimmy Kimmel, and Alan Cumming.

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Critic Reviews for Garfield - The Movie

All Critics (136) | Top Critics (36)

Without Murray, the film would have much less appeal.

Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
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No one can accuse Garfield: The Movie of infidelity to its source: It faithfully conveys the banality of Jim Davis's cartoon.

Jun 15, 2004

... a film without energy and without spirit.

Jun 14, 2004

Though Garfield runs barely 80 minutes, it seems a good hour of it involves chases, furniture and luggage collapsing, and grown-up actors madly mugging.

Jun 13, 2004 | Rating: 1.5/4

There's nothing to recommend about this film except its sheer innocuousness.

Jun 11, 2004 | Full Review…

Bland, workmanlike and instantly forgettable.

Jun 11, 2004 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Garfield - The Movie

Tolerable. Bill Murray saves Garfield.

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A childhood favourite and a classic!

Bethany Murphy
Bethany Murphy

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This movie stunk. Bll Murray may sound like how I would imagine him, but I never imagined such a horrible movie.

Jim Careter
Jim Careter

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½

great movie for kids and fans of the comic strip and it is a very funny and enjoyable film all around to watch mainly because of the fantastic performance given by Bill Murray as Garfield

Michael Edwards
Michael Edwards

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