Garfield - The Movie

2004

Garfield - The Movie

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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 (137) | Top Critics (36) | Fresh (20) | Rotten (117)

  • Even Bill Murray, who provides the cantankerous cat's voice, can do little with the material at his disposal and when he bursts into song, Lost in Translation seems like nine lifetimes ago.

    April 22, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Kaleem Aftab

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  • I felt the same misery, despair, offense and nausea while watching this film as I did The Cat in the Hat.

    January 17, 2016 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • Cat-astrophic for adults, but kids will love it.

    December 24, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Hewitt's movie isn't without its laughs but it's ultimately a pretty pointless picture.

    July 16, 2010 | Full Review…

    Film4 Staff

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  • An innocent way to kill some time.

    April 29, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Garfield is a cool cat with attitude, yet his debut on the big screen falls short by more than a whisker largely due to a script that relies on novelty value rather than fresh ideas.

    October 18, 2008 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Garfield - The Movie

  • Dec 28, 2015
    If Garfield got the hanging of the CGI effects, there would be no way that Garfield can totally outdo himself from making this movie look like a mess.
    EpicLadySponge t Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2011
    This movie stunk. Bll Murray may sound like how I would imagine him, but I never imagined such a horrible movie.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer
  • Nov 05, 2011
    Tolerable. Bill Murray saves Garfield.
    Directors C Super Reviewer
  • Jul 27, 2011
    Nice voice acting from Bill Murray, CGI not bad, but plot is shitty
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer

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