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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
    The CGI is excellent, with characters whose depth and solidity suggest Nick Park's clay animations.
  3. Reviewed by: Gregory Kirschling
    It feels like Barnyard swipes too much of its plot from "The Lion King."
  4. Reviewed by: Michael Ferraro
    Barnyard isn't a complete waste of time, it's just too familiar.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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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! Expand
  2. KarenP.
    Aug 12, 2006
    This was a perfect movie to take our granddaughter to see. It was funny and entertaining. Cute storyline. It was refreshing to sit and be entertained without having to worry if something offensive was going to pop up! Expand
  3. KrisP
    Aug 6, 2006
    I thought this movie was adorable. It was light hearted and fun. It wasn't too long or slow like some kids movies these days and not too "teachy"; just a fun story. Expand
  4. Oct 29, 2010
    not my favorite CGI movie, but hey. at least its just decent.
  5. 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. Expand
  6. MusicaliD.
    Aug 8, 2006
    Another movie that assumes we only enjoy seeing something we've all seen before. Entirely unoriginal. I thought that some of the art direction was beautiful (moon over the meadow or the scrap yard), but the character animation was total garbage, especially the two male (!) cows. I go to see the new CGI movies to see the latest and greatest the technology has to offer, but this movie took a few steps backwards. Cars characters looked amazing, almost real, it amazed me throughout (even though it was sloooow). Not the same case here. Some bits are pretty funny, but overall; boring, repetetive, been-there, done-that. We'lll have to wait for Flushed Away to see something original. Don't waste your time or money. We don't need a Barnyard 2. Expand
  7. ColleenK.
    Aug 15, 2006
    This movie was terrible--I wish I hadn't seen it and I wish I hadn't taken my four nieces to go see it. Aside from the biological mistakes and crude drawings, I felt like I had to "debrief" the children I went with about the horrifying stereotypes and poor decision making in the film [***SPOILERS***] (the animals steal, drink, joy ride, break and enter, behave violently, and do other things that are not cool--all presented in the film as harmless fun). The presentation of all rural folks as either uneducated/stupid, crazy, or alcoholic was anything but charming. For most parts of the film that were intended to be jokes, the theater filled with kids was silent. And this is sad, but being a knitter, the presentation of knitting was so inaccurate that it was actually irritating to watch. Expand

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