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Mixed or average reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 26
  2. Negative: 4 out of 26
  1. The mixture of action, stealth, and minigames will keep your attention for the game's direction. The solid gameplay is made better because of the excellent presentation.
  2. This is the kind of game that you can play with your kids and not be bored to death. It is light co-op arcade fun that delivers on its promise.
  3. 80
    If you're expecting a heavy storyline with complicated characters, Over the Hedge is not your cup o' tea…it's a morality tale, the good guys are good, the bad guys are bad…and a happy ending is inevitable.
  4. The graphics are bright, colorful and compelling – as is the gameplay. Players will be drawn through the game by the brisk pacing and the fun that seems to be firmly ensconced in the style and feel of the game.
  5. Not a bad game, especially if you are a parent looking for something other than the latest shoot-em-up or blood-filled monster game.
  6. A solid title that truly is "fun for the whole family."
  7. It won't win any awards for originality, but with quality visuals, outstanding voice acting, and challenging gameplay, Over the Hedge is guaranteed to entertain and delight young and old alike, and should make the perfect companion piece to the upcoming film.
  8. More mature gamers will find themselves a little underwhelmed, but on its own it's a nice looking, nice sounding, and fairly fun title.
  9. 70
    Over the Hedge features good co-operative action based off a movie that's sure to gather many fans. It's an excellent game for parents to play with their kids after seeing the movie.
  10. It's almost a no-brainer that kids who enjoy the movie will enjoy the game. It does a great job capturing the feel and the look.
  11. The humor and style of the film translate well here and are helpful in filling the gaps where the simplistic gameplay and rushed mini-game mode fall short.
  12. Over the Hedge isn't anywhere near perfect, but it's still reasonably entertaining and not quite bad enough to be dismissed as a 'cash-in' (aren't most games made for cash?). [Aug 2006, p.62]
  13. 65
    Over the Hedge is entertaining enough to hold its own, and that is a victory in itself.
  14. A fun experience only let down by its repetitiveness. [Aug 2006, p.61]
  15. Better than a fair amount of licensed games out there, Over the Hedge still falls a bit short of what can be considered a good game.
  16. 60
    The game isn't particularly original, creative, or inspired, but for fans of the movie and parents looking for an entertaining, if harmless division for their kids, this is a good choice.
  17. If there's one true complaint we could lodge against Over The Hedge, it's the game's real lack of camera control.
  18. A few unique touches are overshadowed by crushingly dull gameplay in this perfunctory animated movie tie-in.
  19. Games such as "Shrek 2," "Madagascar," and even "Scooby-Doo! Unmasked" all contain some level of camera control, and are therefore better choices than Over the Hedge when selecting a kid's title to enjoy with your littler one.
  20. Despite having tons of unlockable content, the game will hold little thrills for annyone above age 12, and even kids will finish the thing before the weekend is up. [Aug 2006, p.78]
  21. Nothing but a mediocre button masher with weak combos, boring platform gameplay, frustrating mechanics, and minigames you'll only enjoy if you're evil enough to force a friend to play along.
  22. An average title, for an above average movie; which should come as no surprise.
  23. The gameplay executed in Over the Hedge for the most part performs acceptably, but it's thin and repetitive.
  24. Over The Hedge's quality ranges from decidedly below average to outright terrible, and you can almost hear the executives at DreamWorks and Activision trying to squeeze every cent out of the license instead of making an entertaining game.
  25. Even for kids, Over the Hedge is absurdly frustrating with its busted camera and indoctrinating logo-storm.
  26. This formulaic title just has very little to offer. It's certainly a pale copy of whatever the movie has going for it, minus the star power, plot, humor and soul.

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