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  • Summary: A claymation spoof of classic prison-camp flicks like "The Great Escape." One of the birds hatches a plot to fly the coop at Tweedy's Chicken Farm.
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  1. Positive: 33 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. The suspense isn't exactly breathtaking, but there are some mighty fine laughs in this clever Claymation cartoon.Family fun for all.
  2. People who have seen it seem to be crazy about it.
  3. Reviewed by: Heather Fehere
    90
    A movie that kids may want to see again and again, and adults will be happy to oblige.
  4. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    90
    It starts quietly, introducing its splendid gallery of fowl, rats and humans, then builds and builds until it achieves full comic liftoff.
  5. Reviewed by: Michael Sragow
    90
    This movie's cornucopia of humorous riffs and stunts never fails to amuse or enthrall because it never ceases to be unexpected.
  6. It is not only an amazing technical accomplishment, it's also the wittiest and best-voiced animated movie to come along in years.
  7. 40
    A combination of "Barnyard Follies" and "Schindler's List."

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 26
  2. Negative: 2 out of 26
  1. Jun 25, 2012
    10
    I hadn't seen Chicken Run for a few years and had honestly forgotten how much there is to it - it's far more than a film for kids about rebellious poultry! It's like a weird hybrid of The Great Escape, The Shawshank Redemption and Spartacus, but with animated chickens. It really shouldn't work, but thanks to the genius of co-writers/directors Nick Park and Peter Lord it somehow does. The premise is truly fantastic, after all what animal would dream more of freedom than a farmed chicken? The film has a great cast of interesting characters - Ginger the hyper-intelligent idealist (Julia Sawalha), Bunty the cynical and bad-tempered pragmatist (Imelda Staunton), Babs the constantly knitting, rather dim eternal optimist (Jane Horrocks), Rocky the charming con-artist (Mel Gibson), Mrs Tweedy the wealth-hungry social climber (Miranda Richardson) and the farmer Mr Tweedy, who is convinced he is losing his mind for suspecting that "those chickens are up to something" (Tony Haygarth). Though the stop-motion animation quality is such that you can tell what each character is thinking without the need for dialogue, the whole cast give great vocal performances, particularly Sawalha, who gives the story its dramatic weight, Horrocks who is hilarious as always and Richardson who is just plain terrifying. The film has some pretty big themes for an animation about talking chickens - liberty vs. slavery, mechanisation of agriculture, American vs. British politics and the shallowness of modern celebrity culture. Chicken Run is also incredibly funny, with humour ranging from visual gags (an Aardman speciality), puns ("the lone free ranger"), pop culture references (Braveheart, Indiana Jones, Star Trek) and quintessentially British comic sensibilities. There's also an exhilarating and visually clever set piece that takes place inside a pie-making machine and a few particularly affecting and surprisingly dark moments such as when the chickens contemplate their own mortality and Babs starts to knit herself a noose. Finally, Chicken Run is an affectionate love-letter to the North of England. Looking at the characters' accents and mannerisms, and especially the beautifully re-created landscapes of the film, you could say that if Wallace and Gromit is Aardman's tribute to the county of Lancashire, then Chicken Run is the studio's tribute to the county of Yorkshire. We've seen so much brilliant examples of animation from all over the world in the last two decades, but even so, I would suggest Chicken Run is not only the best film Aardman have produced, but that it is also one of the finest examples of British animation the world has ever seen. It's a tragically rare occasion in this day and age that live-action filmmaking is this entertaining, smart, well-balanced and emotionally rewarding. Chicken Run ticks all the boxes, and does so using funny-looking plasticine chickens, a real achievement indeed. Expand
  2. PanhandleM.
    Nov 5, 2005
    10
    I ate a sandwich this morning and I was reminded of Chicken Run...what a spectacular film that was. It seems so far away now. Everything was simpler then. Expand
  3. Aug 14, 2011
    10
    Wow, what a movie. So much references and ideas many people can relate to. Dreaming of freedom. What more can you ask than freedom? The story is about chickens who want to get out of the prison of their own, the Tweedy's Chicken farm. Soon after, a rooster comes to give them hope and establish a dream to leave the torture and fear behind, by flying. The movie is so inspirational and gives a nice message: Don't give up. Besides the serious message, there are some funny lines like when Ginger asked the old rooster: 'You mean you never actually flew the plane?' and he was like 'God heaven's no, I'm a chicken'. He was a chicken as an animal and as a scared little douche bag. Also the funniest one: 'Mi life flashed before mi eyes ....... It was really boring'. There are also some scares that little children wouldn't stomach. But otherwise, it has some harmless jokes and fun. I can't describe how much I love this movie. It's beyond amazing and entertaining. Expand
  4. Connor
    Jan 2, 2006
    9
    A fun, entertaining film with plenty of uniquely English humor.
  5. Jul 6, 2014
    8
    Witty, whimsical, wacky, and in short, plain fun, 'Chicken Run' will leave you with laughter long after the movie theatre, unless you don't like British accents. With a clever parody of escape films, it becomes all the more hysterical. Expand
  6. PatrickD.
    Sep 10, 2005
    8
    A great movie.
  7. Nov 12, 2012
    4
    The joke only works for about 10 of the 84 minutes.

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