Metascore
88

Universal acclaim - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  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. It will be the most talked-about comedy of summer.
  3. 88
    Not only funny and wicked, clever and visually inventive, but . . . kind and sweet. Tender and touching.
  4. A bizarre, thrilling, warmly funny spoof of the WWII Steve McQueen prison camp thriller, "The Great Escape" remade for a near all-chicken cast.
  5. Imbued with infectious pluck. It's also a lucid, competent, titanically entertaining movie loaded with workable gags.
  6. People who have seen it seem to be crazy about it.
  7. A delightful, perceptive, funny, detail-perfect fable.
  8. 100
    The visual comedy is brilliant.
  9. 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.
  10. 90
    A delirious fable about every creature's need for espace.
  11. Gleefully blurs the line between species. Vive la révolution!
  12. Reviewed by: Sean Means
    90
    That rare movie, a clever and unabashedly fun adventure that has as many winning moments as it has hen's teeth -- which is quite a lot.
  13. Reviewed by: Tom Keogh
    90
    Finally, there's a female action hero for the summer of 2000, and she's a . . . chicken. But a chicken to believe in.
  14. Reviewed by: John Hartl
    90
    All but guarantees that you'll want to see Chicken Run more than once.
  15. Never loses its priceless stamp of individuality. Reduced to its essence, this is a joke told by a person, not a corporation--and that makes all the difference.
  16. 90
    Doesn't try to cram messages of uplift down its audience's gullet. It's a great eggscape from banality.
  17. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    90
    Poetry in motion: It's eggsquisite.
  18. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    90
    Technically superb and witty in an old-fashioned, veddy British way that will delight many adults but will sail over the heads of young audiences.
  19. 90
    A scene set inside the chicken-pie-making machinery proves that the Rube Goldberg formula is infallible.
  20. 90
    Flock (don't walk) to the theater to see Chicken Run.
  21. It's aimed at adults as much as children, with jokes that work on multiple levels, and contraptions.
  22. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    88
    Funny, even thrilling.
  23. It is not only an amazing technical accomplishment, it's also the wittiest and best-voiced animated movie to come along in years.
  24. 88
    A little slapstick, a little action, rich characters and a whopping serving of wit. All baked to near-perfection.
  25. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    88
    There's nothing paltry about its poultry.
  26. 100
    It's a purely winning film.
  27. 90
    It may sound silly, but Lord and Park conjure up a world of visual miracles.
  28. 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.
  29. Reviewed by: Heather Fehere
    90
    A movie that kids may want to see again and again, and adults will be happy to oblige.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 121 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 23
  2. Negative: 2 out of 23
  1. Oct 4, 2011
    9
    Simply one of the greatest, daring claymation movies of all time.
  2. 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. Full Review »
  3. Nov 19, 2010
    8
    Chicken Run is a smart, funny, intelligent, movie full of pure entertainment for the entire family. Oh the irony! How a civilized adult and a child can be amused by this at the same time. That basically sums it up. Full Review »