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Over the Hedge Review

Movies.com Critics

3.5

Dave White Profile

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Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

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

  • 4.0
    67

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 70

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Offers plenty of modest pleasures.

  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    A backyard ecological comedy outfitted with some fine, silly slapstick and clever animal characters.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    The vividly animated film -- based on a comic strip by Michael Fry and T. Lewis -- has an appealing balance of comic bits and exhilarating action sequences.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    The visual and verbal jokes are as bouncy and multilevel (hip height for adults, knee-slap-size for kids) as we have come, no doubt selfishly, to expect from DreamWorks.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 5+

Cute animated tale with some mild scares, cartoon violence.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this animated movie includes a fair amount of cartoon violence. Characters are crushed, blown up, flattened, banged, burned, and bounced -- all in good, Chuck-Jones-influenced fun. Animal protagonists steal food from each other and from unsympathetic humans. When a raccoon steals a bear's winter stash of food, the bear threatens retaliation and the raccoon fools other "foragers" into stealing food from humans to repay the bear and save himself. A human exterminator brings traps and brutal gizmos (his truck is adorned by a man slamming a bunny with a hammer). This exterminator suffers physical abuses (zapped by his own traps). Younger kids will laugh at the obvious stuff and won't get the edgier humor aimed at older audiences, so this is one that several age groups can enjoy together.

  • Families can talk about the film's satire of life in the suburbs. They could also talk about the lesson RJ and his friends learn: that supporting each other as a family is more important than their individual desires. They could also use the film and its soundtrack to talk to kids about the greater impact of our actions.

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Characters lie and steal, but learn to appreciate self-declared/non-blood families.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence and scariness: Cartoon violence (characters smashed, flattened, blown up, and crushed); bear threatens to "hunt down and kill" raccoon; human exterminator arrives on scene with traps, poison, explosives; from raccoon's POV, suburban backyard is filled with dangerous items (bug zapper, falling birdbath, sprinklers, knives); woman chases animals with broom; squirrel pretends to be rabid to scare Girl Scout; dog chases raccoon through several yards and over decks, crashing through fences; little girl possum kicked down stairs, appears to be dead.

  • sex false0

    Sexy stuff: Mild references to female skunk's "appeal," as she's sent to distract a guardian cat.

  • language false0

    Language: Very mild, occasional language ("shoot!", "butt," "dang"); the turtle calls others "stupid," "naive," and "ignorant."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Dr. Phil on TV; various commercial food products renamed (potato chips in a can, corn chips and cheese curls in bags, candies, etc.).

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Sugar acts like a drug for Hammy.

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