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Garfield - The Movie Reviews

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Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
June 8, 2004
"Garfield's" problems start with its very concept. This film should never have been made, and those involved with its production likely know it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Tyler Hanley
Palo Alto Weekly
June 14, 2004
This family-friendly film is not unlike Garfield himself -- cute and charming at times, but more often lazy and self-serving.
| Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
June 10, 2004
A motion picture so ungainly and awful that only an under-8 child could appreciate it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
June 10, 2004
Under Peter Hewitt's phoned-in direction, Garfield chugs along like the slow train to Chattanooga.
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
June 10, 2004
As someone once said about the "Nancy" comic strip, it is easier to read it than not to read it. If only that were true of this movie, which requires real effort to endure.
| Original Score: C-
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
June 10, 2004
Those who get bored by the movie (i.e. everybody), can pass the time by counting the many product placements.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
June 11, 2004
You recall an image of the fat cat on the Trapper Keeper, staring bleakly up at the sky with the subtitled thought bubble, Why me?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brooke Holgerson
Boston Phoenix
June 12, 2004
It's not much of a story, and director Peter Hewitt seems content to flesh it out with bland staging and characterizations.
James Rocchi
Netflix
June 10, 2004
Comic strip adaptation is flabby, lazy and blase -- just like its subject (although probably not on purpose).
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
June 12, 2004
A soulless and empty movie based on a three-panel comic strip boasting the wit and complexity of a wooden spoon.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
June 14, 2004
... a film without energy and without spirit.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
June 10, 2004
This Garfield doesn't even look like the Garfield we know, love and used to have smashed on our car windows with suction cups.
| Original Score: 1/4
Todd Gilchrist
FilmStew.com
June 11, 2004
All you need to know about this movie is that 'I hate Mondays,' Garfield's memorable comic strip punch line, is way funnier when Puss-in-Boots utters it in Shrek 2.
Todd Gilchrist
IGN Movies
June 11, 2004
As a movie star, Garfield is a cat declawed and robbed of his essential, inscrutable charm.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
March 14, 2005
... this is an embarassing family film ...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
June 10, 2004
I get bored reading a 'Garfield' strip, and it only takes 10 seconds. Imagine the effect of watching a movie that is just as dull, but 480 times as long.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
June 10, 2004
Pleasant, mushy, and utterly, utterly soulless.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
June 11, 2004
Soulless excuse for an entertainment.
| Original Score: 1/5
Brian Orndorf
FilmJerk.com
June 21, 2004
If you're a fan of Garfield, then I suggest you stay away from the fat cat's big screen debut.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Kit Bowen
Hollywood.com
June 10, 2004
Better just to keep this fat cat suctioned to the car window.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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