Over the Hedge
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This tale centers on a mischievous con-artist raccoon named R.J. and a sensitive turtle named Verne. When R.J., Verne and their woodland friends find a suburban housing development encroaching on their forest home, Verne's first instinct is to retreat into his shell and leave. But the ever-opportunistic R.J. sees a treasure trove to be had from his unsuspecting new neighbors. Together, Verne and R.J. form an unlikely friendship as they learn to co-exist with -- and even exploit -- this strange new world called suburbia.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The story has a loony, slapstick verve, and the star-studded voice work is uniformly entertaining."
‑ Bruce Diones, New Yorker
"It misses the mark a couple of times but in the main, it's good clean fun."
‑ , Time Out
"A colorful and engaging comedy of suburbia's encroachment into the wilderness and its consequences for a motley crew of animals just awakened from hibernation."
‑ Brent Simon, Shared Darkness
"Caffeine freak critters, duplicitous raccoons, a highly talented cast and Bill Shatner in overacting overdrive -- it's like coming out of hibernation and waking in an animator's playground."
‑ Paul Aston, Film4
"A clever and fun escape from the summer blahs."
‑ Brian Tallerico, UGO
"If Over the Hedge aims solely to entertain, it does so in a way that's mildly amusing but mostly hackneyed. If it aims to instruct, it weakens its own argument with the plethora of product tie-ins."
‑ Christy Lemire, Associated Press
"An endearingly cheerful animated feature from DreamWorks."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"Adventure, cute and cuddly animals, and some wit make for a wonderful experience!"
‑ Neil Miller, Film School Rejects
"The story is no grabber, and the sight gags are labored, but the animation is sleekly pretty, and it goes by painlessly enough."
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
"A cookie-cutter money-spinner, finely tooled for maximum profit, but utterly lacking timeless charm."
‑ Mark Kermode, Observer [UK]
"The final showdown, in which the critters tangle with security-rigged lawn flamingos and garden gnomes, would have made Rube Goldberg proud."
‑ Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader
"Over The Hedge is cute without being cutesy, satirical without being too cynical, and just a whole lot of fun."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"A surprisingly very good animated adventure that relishes in simplicity..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"I watched the film with very low expectations and was pleasantly surprised by its heart and its humor."
‑ Ted Murphy, Murphy's Movie Reviews
"The new Dreamworks CGI animated feature ignores much of the satire and tries to cram the rest into the usual kids movie format."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
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