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In this irreverent, hilarious, adventurous buddy comedy, directed by Jimmy Hayward (Horton Hears a Who!), two turkeys from opposite sides of the tracks must put aside their differences and team up to travel back in time to change the course of history - and get turkey off the holiday menu for good. (C) Relativity Media

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 18%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Free Birds is not (sorry) a turkey of a film. But it doesn't really soar terribly high either."
‑ Bill Zwecker, Chicago Tribune
"A stale turkey hash that heaves a lot of ingredients in the oven but never turns on the gas, a frantic attempt to come up with an animated film built around Thanksgiving Day traditions."
‑ David Hiltbrand, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Any given scene from Free Birds seems more like a YouTube parody of stupid children's films than a piece of something that real human beings put together with honest artistic intent."
‑ Dan Schindel, Movie Mezzanine
"The muddled story and lacklustre animation makes this a film that's strictly for the birds."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"Ultimately embarrassing and even offensive but has an offbeat premise, some neat characters and plenty of guffaw-worthy gags."
‑ Charlotte O'Sullivan, This is London
"The movie's animal rights, vegetarian message should go down easily with politically correct parents - at least until they choke on the offensive depiction of 17th-century turkeys as face-painted, headband-wearing native Americans."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"A forgettable - and occasionally borderline offensive - animated tale of turkeys trying to take back Thanksgiving."
‑ Sara Stewart, New York Post
"These birds are good to look at, and you can easily get caught up in the characters. But the situation is a bit too much to swallow . . . even for Thanksgiving."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"Anyone who's seen Chicken Run will wonder why they're not enjoying a well-constructed Aardman animation rather than attempting to make sense of this incoherent transatlantic trifle."
‑ Mark Kermode, Observer [UK]
"I can't bring myself to say that this film is a you-know-what. Let's just say that there should be no pardon. It deserves to die a death."
‑ Brian Viner, Daily Mail [UK]
"Everything about "Free Birds" feels perfunctory, from its generic title and holiday setting to its starry voice cast and undistinguished use of 3-D."
‑ Christy Lemire,
"All sidekicks and sight gags, with little story cohesion or purpose."
‑ Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle
"This family-friendly animation gets off to an amusing start but soon flies off into la-la land."
‑ David Edwards, Daily Record [UK]
"More of a Turkey Twizzler than a sizzler, Free Birds isn't funny enough to leave adults rolling in the aisles, nor does it have a sustained sense of peril to leave children on the edge of their seats."
‑ Graham Young, Birmingham Mail
"The animation is good but the plotting is too slow and unclear."
‑ Henry Fitzherbert, Daily Express
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