Barnyard (2006)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: August 4, 2006
DVD Release Date: December 12, 2006
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Critic Score: 22% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Unimaginative and unfunny, this tale of barnyard mischief borders on 'udder' creepiness and adds little to this summer's repertoire of animated films.

J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

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.

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Manohla Dargis
New York Times

Don't the filmmakers know there are children watching -- and listening?

Luke Goodsell
Empire Magazine Australasia

A shockingly crass grab for holiday pocket money that's both infantile and endlessly patronising.

Derek Adams
Time Out

Loud, raucous and dispiritingly unfunny.

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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

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.

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Jane Boursaw
Common Sense Media

A re-hash of tired cliches and CGI effects.

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Scott Tobias
AV Club

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.

Claudia Puig
USA Today

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.

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Cole Smithey

Criminal acts and scenes of brutal violence spoil the effect of "Barnyard" as an animated movie for tots.

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Flixster Audience Score: 52% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
This was a fun idea and a very good movie. me and my daughter laughed the whole way through. Now of course the biggest problem with the movie is the fact that… More
Kyle Fowler
Full of depth, emotion and hilarious jokes, barnyard is like a Disney film except for funnier and more moving. And better. Nice little side twists, and good… More
Jim Careter
This was really depressing actually. It only focused on death and loss and no fun moments were in this movie. It had fun characters but when it came to story… More
KJ Proulx
It was enjoyable to watch once, but the story is so memorable, that I could replay the whole movie in my head after the first time watching it!
Michael Edwards
the film had a great plot great drama, and the actors were all perfect in this film
Thomas Bowler