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Garfield: The Movie Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    Unlike that widely appealing picture with the giant green ogre, this one's strictly for the kiddies.

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  • 42

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Cloddish, unfunny dud.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Not even Bill Murray could save Garfield. Perhaps the comedian -- so pitch-perfect as the sardonic actor in "Lost in Translation" -- got too deeply into character.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Robert K. Elder

    The cinematic Garfield: The Movie feels like an 82-minute commercial for Garfield, The Brand rather than cinematic dumb fun.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The filmmakers obviously understand and love Garfield, and their movie lacks that sense of smarmy slumming you sometimes get when Hollywood brings comic strips to the screen.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 7+

Cat-astrophic for adults, but kids will love it.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that for anyone over age 12, this is a 2 star movie. It may be painful viewing for you, but know that it's only 80 minutes, and it will make your kids really happy. The movie has some comic violence, including a shock collar used on both a dog and a human. No one of either species is seriously harmed. There is some PG-style crude language ("butt," "blow chunks," "suck-up") and brief vulgar humor. There is also some intrusive product placement for Wendy's, though the product that makes the greatest impression is the lasagna.

  • Families can talk about why Garfield was jealous of Odie and Happy was jealous of his brother, and why it was so hard for Jon and Liz to tell each other how they felt.

The good stuff
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    Messages: A bit of potty humor.

What to watch for
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    Violence and scariness: Comic peril, including shock collar.

  • sex false0

    Sexy stuff: Not applicable

  • language false0

    Language: Some rude schoolyard language like "butt" and "suck-up."

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Some intrusive product placement for Wendy's.

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not applicable