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Barnyard Review Critics


Dave White Profile

… the 147th animated talking-animal movie … Read full review

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  • 3.0

    out of 100

    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Luke Sader

    While youngsters might enjoy the movie, more discerning tweens, teens and adults will not be as easily amused.

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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    It feels like Barnyard swipes too much of its plot from "The Lion King."

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    It's a sweet and mildly funny movie that will entertain young audiences, but one aspect is utterly mystifying: The two main characters, father and son bovine creatures, have large, distracting udders.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune

    It's a better-than-average animated feature.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 6+

A re-hash of tired cliches and CGI effects.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the "kids" in this movie (Otis and his pals) aren't exactly role models. They gamble, steal, drink (milk, but it's portrayed as alcohol), joy-ride, and say words meant as profanities ("Oh, milk me!"). And when some mischievous boys go out "cow-tipping" at night (sneaking into pastures and tipping cows over while they're sleeping), Otis and his buddies take revenge by sneaking into the boy's room, tipping him out of bed, then laughing at him. Crude scenes involve farting, burping, and defecating. Also, the bulls in this movie are drawn with udders, a genetic impossibility unless you're in a Salvador Dali painting.Be aware that there are some tense moments when Otis' father dies at the hands of murderous coyotes after his son ignores the elder cow's wisdom and goes off to party. A burial is held.

  • Families can talk about how Otis and his pals should have acted. Were they right to go out partying when their elders told them not to? How soon can kids start taking responsibility for their actions? Why is it important for kids to listen to their parents? And would this movie have had a different outcome if Otis had acted responsibly right from the beginning?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Farm animals steal, drink, party, joy-ride, get chased by cops, make fun of humans, and act irresponsibly. The human boys aren't much better.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence and scariness: Mean coyotes lurk nearby, threatening the animals and killing Otis' dad. Also, cow-tipping and boy-tipping.

  • sex false0

    Sexy stuff: Otis has designs on a pregnant cow. Also, the bulls are creepily shaped like linebackers, and they prance around with their udders (say what?) hanging out.

  • language false0

    Language: "Oh milk me!" and other words construed as profanities.

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Pizza, cell phones, beer, cereal, household items.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Milk is portrayed as alcohol (cows are "drinking" in the car and outside the farmer's window). The farmer is shown drinking.