Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 24
  2. Negative: 10 out of 24
  1. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    It's a better-than-average animated feature.
  2. 70
    Even an advanced case of critter fatigue shouldn't stop you from rushing out to see this delightfully cheeky animated tale.
  3. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Zippy enough to delight youngsters and clever enough to engage their parents.
  4. 70
    The CGI is excellent, with characters whose depth and solidity suggest Nick Park's clay animations.
  5. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    It's 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.
  6. All of Barnyard is odd. Oddly funny much of the way, oddly serious when it makes room for the early death of a beloved character or the hushed birth of another, oddly musical with its melange of hip-hop and reggae and hard rock and bluegrass.
  7. Reviewed by: Gregory Kirschling
    It feels like Barnyard swipes too much of its plot from "The Lion King."
  8. It's bright, colorful and udder-ly unmemorable.
  9. While youngsters might enjoy the movie, more discerning tweens, teens and adults will not be as easily amused.
  10. An often amusing but also an aimless and forgettable animated comedy that is noteworthy mostly for its random musical numbers and surprising amounts of violence.
  11. Reviewed by: Jennifer Frey
    Will entertain the kids; not so much the grown-ups.
  12. For the most part, it's uninspired, not much to look at and laugh-free.
  13. Reviewed by: Michael Ferraro
    Barnyard isn't a complete waste of time, it's just too familiar.
  14. Like too many animated films aimed at children, Barnyard embraces stereotypes that generally no longer cut it in adult films, and for good reason.
  15. A bizarrely off-key animated comedy.
  16. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    If you want to punish your kids, send them to bed without dinner. If you want to disturb, frighten and depress them while making sure they fail biology, take them to the animated feature Barnyard.
  17. Reviewed by: Angel Cohn
    Moooove along, there's nothing to see here!
  18. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Speaking as both a parent and a critic, I do believe I'd rather drive rusty railroad spikes through my eyes than have to sit through one more computer generated family film about talking animals. The bad news for Hollywood is that after seeing Barnyard my kids feel the same way.
  19. The disturbing thing in this preposterous piece of family fluff from writer-director Steve Oedekerk (Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, the Oscar-nominated Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius) is the sight of bulls with udders.
  20. Reviewed by: Brian Clark
    It's a fine message, but, in the case of the film itself, a little originality would have gone even further.
  21. It's always dispiriting to see children's movies succumb to desperate pandering to the coolness imperative, especially since, given the marketing muscle they tend to have behind them, the bigger trick seems to be in getting people not to see them.
  22. 25
    Loud, sophomoric and stunningly crude.
  23. Reviewed by: Marie Iida
    One of the film's few virtues is Danny Glover as the voice of Miles the mule.
  24. 25
    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.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 56 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 17
  2. Negative: 7 out of 17
  1. Nov 24, 2013
    This movie is awesome! Otis is my funniest and favorite character in the entire film!

    When will this ever get its own spin-off sequel?! It
    has been 7 years since the movie was last released and still no sequel! Full Review »
  2. Nov 13, 2013
    Barnyard is a cow patty.
    The entire film is animated stupidity. The storyline is little to non existent, nearly every character is
    unlikeable, and the entire premise feels unnatural. Full Review »
  3. Nov 2, 2013
    Maybe I'm just having a good day giving this movie such a high score, but I really enjoyed it. I didn't know until recently that the weird TV series started as a movie, so I was curious, and while it's not as original as Flushed Away or as well animated as Shrek, essentially, it's few steps behind. This movie is neck and neck with Over the Hedge as the best animated film of 2006 in my opinion and some of the best talking animal movies I've seen. Not only does this movie put the fun back in being an independent farmer, but the main characters are very developed and memorable. The secondary characters, not as much. Full Review »