Garfield - The Movie
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Jim Davis' famous cartoon cat finally makes his way to the big screen in this adaptation of the popular comic strip Garfield, which combines live action with CGI animation. Jon Arbuckle (Breckin Meyer) is a sweet, if somewhat clueless, man who shares his home with his pet cat, Garfield (voice of Bill Murray). Garfield is not your ordinary tabby -- he's fat, he's smart-mouthed, he's arrogant, he won't do anything he doesn't have to, and would rather stuff himself with lasagna than do something Jon asks of him. Despite this, Jon loves his cat, but when he decides to… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 15%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Without Murray, the film would have much less appeal."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"Though Garfield runs barely 80 minutes, it seems a good hour of it involves chases, furniture and luggage collapsing, and grown-up actors madly mugging."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Cat-astrophic for adults, but kids will love it."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Garfield is a cool cat with attitude, yet his debut on the big screen falls short by more than a whisker largely due to a script that relies on novelty value rather than fresh ideas."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"People who love cats will see their own felines in Garfield. Parents who love neither Garfield nor cats will have a good time nonetheless."
‑ Stefan Ulstein, Christianity Today
"No one can accuse Garfield: The Movie of infidelity to its source: It faithfully conveys the banality of Jim Davis's cartoon."
‑ Ben Kenigsberg, Village Voice
"There's nothing to recommend about this film except its sheer innocuousness."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Hewitt's movie isn't without its laughs but it's ultimately a pretty pointless picture."
‑ , Film4
"The comic-strip cat comes to the big screen thanks to some pretty nifty computer animation and -- in a really inspired move -- the voice of Bill Murray"
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
"It has good laughs, decent writing and is 100% loyal to both the comic and the cartoon, which will leave the diehard fans begging for more."
‑ Peter Lowry, Film Threat
"... a film without energy and without spirit."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Bland, workmanlike and instantly forgettable."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"An innocent way to kill some time."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"The story is bland and workmanlike--week-old catnip that's lost its bite. What saves it is the animation, which is set amid a live-action world and which is extremely well done."
‑ Christopher Smith, Bangor Daily News (Maine)
"Garfield remains one of the most shamelessly marketed properties of all time, so the inevitable feature film is merely the logical climax to a product blitz that already includes bowling balls, oven mitts, and a line of Richard Petty-related products."
‑ Pete Vonder Haar, Film Threat
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