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Barney's Great Adventure: The Movie
This is the large-screen debut of famous (or infamous, depending on your POV) fuzzy purple dinosaur Barney, the oafish character who began a decade earlier on video (selling 45 million units) and then became a top-ranked public TV preschooler show in 1992, followed by 15 million stuffed toys and 25 million copies of Barney books, plus his own attraction at the Universal theme park. The story in this $15 million movie has Mom and Dad leaving son Cody and daughter Abby, plus Abby's friend Marcella, and a baby with Grandpa and Grandma down on the farm -- where a shooting star deposits a large… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 26%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"With very little modification, this archly innocuous children's musical could have been marketed as a sequel to Invasion of the Body Snatchers."
‑ Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader
"To those of us on the greying side of five years old, Barney looks like an eggplant and has a rigor-mortis smile, no shoulders, a huge rear end and the sort of nervous giggle that makes you think he has something to hide."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"What is it about that big purple dinosaur?"
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Those hoping for more than just a long, outdoor version of Barney's TV show, they will likely be disappointed."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
"That he has become a lightning rod for adult anger is, however, something of a curiosity. Until you spend some time in his world, that is."
‑ Dan Jardine, Apollo Guide
"Although technically superior to the low-rent Barney videos, pic, which was shot in the country near Montreal, still has a bargain-budget look."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"Barney looks both more real and more magical on video; on film, he's clearly a doofus in a felt outfit."
‑ David Kronke, Los Angeles Times
"Although its entertainment value to adults is negligible, it is a safe, harmless bet for families, one parents will neither regret nor fondly remember after it's over."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"It's all rather clumsy and routine."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"This spin-off from the TV series featuring the large purple felt dinosaur of awesome good nature is emetically wholesome."
‑ Wally Hammond, Time Out
"If you like him on TV, you'll like him here, too."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A movie this cheerful is destined to be awful to audiences over ten years of age..."
‑ David Keyes,
"Really, even three-year-olds deserve better than this."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
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