Over the Hedge (2006)



Critic Consensus: Even if it's not an animation classic, Over the Hedge is clever and fun, and the jokes cater to family members of all ages.

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This tale centers on a mischievous con-artist raccoon named R.J. and a sensitive turtle named Verne. When R.J., Verne and their woodland friends find a suburban housing development encroaching on their forest home, Verne's first instinct is to retreat into his shell and leave. But the ever-opportunistic R.J. sees a treasure trove to be had from his unsuspecting new neighbors. Together, Verne and R.J. form an unlikely friendship as they learn to co-exist with -- and even exploit -- this strange new world called suburbia.
PG (for some rude humor and mild comic action)
Animation , Comedy , Kids & Family
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Critic Reviews for Over the Hedge

All Critics (168) | Top Critics (42)

The story has a loony, slapstick verve, and the star-studded voice work is uniformly entertaining.

Full Review… | April 14, 2013
New Yorker
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If Over the Hedge aims solely to entertain, it does so in a way that's mildly amusing but mostly hackneyed. If it aims to instruct, it weakens its own argument with the plethora of product tie-ins.

Full Review… | April 14, 2013
Associated Press
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The final showdown, in which the critters tangle with security-rigged lawn flamingos and garden gnomes, would have made Rube Goldberg proud.

Full Review… | April 18, 2007
Chicago Reader
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It misses the mark a couple of times but in the main, it's good clean fun.

Full Review… | June 28, 2006
Time Out
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An endearingly cheerful animated feature from DreamWorks.

Full Review… | June 22, 2006
Wall Street Journal
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Over The Hedge is cute without being cutesy, satirical without being too cynical, and just a whole lot of fun.

May 24, 2006
Ebert & Roeper
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Audience Reviews for Over the Hedge


OVUH THE HEDGEEEEE! A pretty entertaining movie but nowhere near the caliber of any Pixar movie or Dreamworks' greater efforts.

Albert Kim
Albert Kim

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This film intrigued me when I found out the plot and name for the first time and whilst watching it I did find it was interesting, it provided a solid hippy rebellious if you like, plot. And it's probably the best film i've seen about cute animals trying to prtect their home. The jokes are good and its very entertaining, its a hugely underated film and my favorite made by Dreamworks joint with Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron which the film reminded me of, due to its serious message and hatred for human kind. Brilliant.

Directors Cat
Directors Cat

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This is the best animated film for along time, not as cool or original as 'Toy Story' but the next best for sometime (animal based anyway). Its got all the usual cute characters vs human plot line but it has a slightly adult edge, due to its original comicstrip background, which gives it a very funny and slightly dark outlook. The characters are brilliant...mainly Hammy and Verne, and the voices are well matched, even Willis. This is also one of the best looking films around with the humans looking good and quite sensible instead of wacky but its the humour here that wins you over. 'OK..I thought we'd be dead by now so we're doing great'

Phil Hubbs
Phil Hubbs

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