Garfield - The Movie Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 24, 2010
Cat-astrophic for adults, but kids will love it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Film4
July 16, 2010
Hewitt's movie isn't without its laughs but it's ultimately a pretty pointless picture.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
An innocent way to kill some time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
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.
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
The comic-strip cat comes to the big screen thanks to some pretty nifty computer animation and -- in a really inspired move -- the voice of Bill Murray
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
September 18, 2007
The story is bland and workmanlike--week-old catnip that's lost its bite. What saves it is the animation, which is set amid a live-action world and which is extremely well done.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Stefan Ulstein
Christianity Today
September 22, 2006
People who love cats will see their own felines in Garfield. Parents who love neither Garfield nor cats will have a good time nonetheless.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Without Murray, the film would have much less appeal.
Peter Lowry
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
It has good laughs, decent writing and is 100% loyal to both the comic and the cartoon, which will leave the diehard fans begging for more.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Pete Vonder Haar
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Garfield remains one of the most shamelessly marketed properties of all time, so the inevitable feature film is merely the logical climax to a product blitz that already includes bowling balls, oven mitts, and a line of Richard Petty-related products.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/5
Uri Lessing
www.kcactive.com
July 25, 2005
The strongest messages for adults are that we should purchase and consume...Pepperidge Farm Goldfish and dash off to Petco for all of our kitty's litter and chow needs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
March 14, 2005
... this is an embarassing family film ...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Tony Medley
tonymedley.com
October 7, 2004
I found nothing endearing, funny, or entertaining about Garfield or the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
September 28, 2004
I have always thought of the strip as a quiet cartoon, one based on irony and sly, wry humor. Not so the Garfield movie, which is generally raucous and loud.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Mark Collette
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
September 16, 2004
Imagine the comic strip as a lone enchilada stretched to feed the whole dinner crowd at Pancho's.
| Original Score: 1/4
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
September 5, 2004
For fans of the comic strip, "Garfield" is a severe disappointment.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Bruce Feld
Film Journal International
August 8, 2004
Strictly for the kids. Parents will find themselves yawning more often than not.
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
August 7, 2004
Better than it has any right to be, thanks to impressive CGI work, some good gags and a note-perfect purrformance by Bill Murray.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Joe Utichi
FilmFocus
August 7, 2004
This is mediocre moviemaking, not even Bill Murray can save a weak script and weaker special effects.
Full Review | Original Score: 42/100
Neil Smith
BBC.com
August 7, 2004
The result is not so much catnip as catnap.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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