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Garfield - The Movie Reviews

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Without Murray, the film would have much less appeal.
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Ben Kenigsberg
Village Voice
June 15, 2004
No one can accuse Garfield: The Movie of infidelity to its source: It faithfully conveys the banality of Jim Davis's cartoon.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
June 14, 2004
... a film without energy and without spirit.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
June 13, 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.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
June 11, 2004
There's nothing to recommend about this film except its sheer innocuousness.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
June 11, 2004
Bland, workmanlike and instantly forgettable.
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Joe Leydon
Variety
June 11, 2004
Only very small children still easily impressed by interaction of human actors and CGI quadrupeds will be amused by Garfield: The Movie.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
June 11, 2004
Not even Bill Murray could save Garfield.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
June 11, 2004
The movie is far from a cat-astrophe, but it's also nowhere near purr-fect.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
June 11, 2004
This film is unlikely to turn newcomers onto the pleasures and subtleties of Davis' work.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
June 11, 2004
Garfield looks like the work of someone who's hardly seen the backside of a camera.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 11, 2004
Our 8-year-old adored it. But except for Murray's voice-over work, Mom was allergic.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
June 11, 2004
Perfectly watchable.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
June 11, 2004
Garfield may or may not have nine lives. But you may leave the theater feeling you've left at least one of your own behind.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
June 11, 2004
A downright cat-astrophe.
Read More | Original Score: 0/4
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
June 11, 2004
Bland as old kitty chow and unappealing to the eye.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
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Peter Debruge
Miami Herald
June 11, 2004
I'm not a Garfield purist or anything, but at the very least, shouldn't this movie be funny?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
June 11, 2004
Soulless excuse for an entertainment.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
June 11, 2004
Garfield isn't exactly a dog, but it's not much fun either.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 11, 2004
Weighed down by a by-the-numbers plot.
Read More | Original Score: D
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Mark Wolf
Denver Rocky Mountain News
June 11, 2004
Garfield has lumbered off the funny pages and into an unfunny film.
Read More | Original Score: C-
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
June 11, 2004
Equally insulting to both the homespun adult fans of the comic strip and the oblivious children for whom tired gags are served up like leftover lasagna.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
June 11, 2004
A toothless, harmless, mostly charmless mongrel movie that mixes live-action actors and animals with a computer-generated version of the comic strip cat that Jim Davis created in 1978.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 11, 2004
I don't know who had the idea that Bill Murray would be the right actor to do Garfield's voice, but the casting is inspired.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
June 10, 2004
You are likely to leave this one feeling as grouchy and put-upon as the title character.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 10, 2004
The film is a veritable conga line of bad decisions whose guiding premise appears to be 'Never mind, kids will watch anything.'
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
June 10, 2004
This one's strictly for the kiddies.
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
June 10, 2004
The poorly penned plot is derivative even by Hollywood standards.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
June 10, 2004
A lot like the comic strip, just blanded out beyond belief.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
June 10, 2004
Garfield: The Movie is like Stuart Little: For Dummies.
Read More | 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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Gene Seymour
Newsday
June 10, 2004
A calculatingly fluffy version of Jim Davis' strip.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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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.
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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
June 10, 2004
Feels like an 82-minute commercial for Garfield, The Brand rather than cinematic dumb fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
June 10, 2004
Garfield: The Movie has the same slapstick/sophisticate tone as its print counterpart.
Read More | Original Score: B
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Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
June 10, 2004
A recognizable brand name stamped on a generic package.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
June 9, 2004
It's enough to make you long for the wit and wisdom of Mike Myers' Cat in the Hat.
Full Review | Original Score: C-