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A cow learns to walk like a man, both literally and figuratively, in this computer-animated comedy written and directed by Steve Oedekerk, the creator of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius. Ben (voice of Sam Elliott) is a cow who for years has been the leader and sober voice of reason among the animals at a farm where the critters are a bit unusual -- they can walk on two legs, talk, swim, and act like humans, though they have the good sense to avoid doing these things while humans are around. Ben has long dreamed that his son Otis (voice of Kevin James) would someday take over his duties on the farm,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 22%

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"The laughs subside near the end as the requisite moral kicks in, but this is still that rare kids' movie I'd recommend to parents and nonparents alike."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Don't the filmmakers know there are children watching -- and listening?"
‑ Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"A shockingly crass grab for holiday pocket money that's both infantile and endlessly patronising."
‑ Luke Goodsell, Empire Magazine Australasia
"That the lead character is a 'male cow' complete with udders shows how confused the picture is."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Relatively unfunny comedy about barnyard animals. It is notable mainly for its anatomically incorrect portrayal of bulls with udders."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"Loud, raucous and dispiritingly unfunny."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"Could qualify as a case study in just how quickly and thoroughly computer-animated studio releases have declined to a state of inspiration-depleted, assembly-line anthropomorphism."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"A re-hash of tired cliches and CGI effects."
‑ Jane Boursaw, Common Sense Media
"A beatifully animated simple but fun plot, carries enough giggles for all age groups."
‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
"Deserves to be hanging in the nearest meat locker."
‑ Neil Smith,
"It shouldn't be surprising that writer-director Steve Oedekerk, the man responsible for Kung Pow! Enter The Fist and the second Ace Ventura movie, considers single-celled organisms as he shoots for the lowest common denominator."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"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."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"Criminal acts and scenes of brutal violence spoil the effect of "Barnyard" as an animated movie for tots."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"The animation is perfectly colorful and the voice actors earn their paychecks, but it's blatantly obvious that this thing started production without a screenplay -- and hit the screens without a plot."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"This could be the film that snaps everyone's patience with Hollywood animations which have a Dell computer chip where their heart should be."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
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