Home on the Range


Mixed or average reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 30
  2. Negative: 3 out of 30

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Critic Reviews

  1. 80
    A sweet, raucously funny, comic Western that corrects a glaring historical injustice by finally surveying the Old West through the eyes of cows rather than cowboys.
  2. Reviewed by: Kevin Carr
    Has a wacky charm and a feeling like no other Disney film in recent years.
  3. Old-style animation slows down after a snappy start, but it's lively enough to keep kids from fidgeting too much.
  4. Belongs to its trio of "bovine" voice talent -- Roseanne Barr, Dame Judi Dench and Jennifer Tilly -- who play with such tongue-in-cheek delight upon their public personas that it's hard to separate cow character from the celebrities.
  5. A good bet for family viewing. It's got a charming, simple plot, a smart Alan Menken score, and enough subversive humor to wring a chuckle or two out of Mom and Dad.
  6. 63
    It's only 76 minutes long, but although kids will like it, their parents will be sneaking looks at their watches.
  7. Whatever the narrative shortcomings, these characters have the warmth of antique painted storybooks, unlike the eerie plastic simulation of Pixar characters.
  8. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    The visual effects are lovely to behold, and the songs by Bonnie Raitt, Tim McGraw and k.d. lang are fairly catchy.
  9. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Any shortfalls in Home on the Range a conventional but perfectly pleasant entertainment, have more to do with the ABC's of storytelling than with the D's of animation.
  10. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    An engagingly rambunctious toon Western that likely will attract herds of family auds, if not multitudes of teens and tweeners, to megaplex corrals.
  11. Reviewed by: Olly Richards
    Highly likeable, pleasantly unpretentious and plenty amusing.
  12. The conservatively cheery artistic style suggests that the animation team has been reading Sundance merchandise catalogs.
  13. 50
    The film skews young, to be sure, and it isn't as memorable as the new Disney classics of the early 1990s, but there's still plenty here to hold the interest of viewers of all ages: delightful performances (particularly by Dench, plowing Angela Lansbury terrain), zinging comic dialogue and a soundtrack that's a wealth of sonorous riches.
  14. Isn't good satire or good slapstick. It does have those lyrical, catchy Menken tunes, and the film perks up whenever Raitt or lang sing one of them. But much of this movie is deadly.
  15. What it really is is an unapologetic cartoon, a harum-scarum endeavor that's so comically frantic it wears you out as much as it entertains.
  16. This amiable, Western-themed animated effort from the Walt Disney Co. is a clear attempt to return to the more lighthearted cartoon style that was so prevalent before its onslaught of stately musical epics.
  17. An intended throwback to the halcyon days of colorful studio cartoons, more in the Chuck Jones style than Disney, and the animation of its characters and Western motif is fine. But the writing of co-directors Will Finn and John Sanford and their characterizations are embarrassingly bad.
  18. 50
    Although superficially an odd couple, the outspoken Barr and the restrained Dench work together surprisingly well and a steady stream of jokes aimed at both adults and kids keeps this genial entertainment galloping along at a brisk pace.
  19. This 76-minute Western tall tale isn't out-and-out bad, but strictly formulaic and an underachievement from the studio that made the dazzling "Snow White."
  20. 50
    Assorted movie in-jokes should keep parents tolerably entertained, and Alan Menken's songs mercifully favor western swing over the expected twang pop.
  21. 50
    Good for some giggles. Especially if you're under the age of, oh, 8 or so.
  22. Will best be enjoyed on DVD. You can pop it in for the kids and spend the next 90 minutes or so doing something else.
  23. 50
    Charming as it can be, though, Home on the Range is still an overextended cartoon.
  24. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Even older kids will understand that Pixar does it so much better, not because of their computers but because of an intelligent attention to script and character and craft. If the people running Disney don't understand that much anymore, maybe they should turn out the lights and go home.
  25. Despite lovely songs from k.d. lang and Bonnie Raitt (written by Beauty and the Beast composer Alan Menken), this range is about as serene as a hen party.
  26. 40
    The best cartoons are built on the contradictory pursuit of meticulously arranged anarchy. But they never seem needy, or desperate for laughs, as Home on the Range does. The film seems hungrier for a pat on the head than a chuckle.
  27. Should make about $750, which is how much they need to save the farm, but a little less than Disney CEO Michael Eisner needs to save his job.
  28. Comes across less as a fully realized work of storytelling than as a commercial for a corporation whose goal of entertainment has been replaced by that of making money.
  29. Reviewed by: Sara Brady
    Suffocatingly boring.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 37 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 19
  2. Negative: 9 out of 19
  1. Jul 22, 2012
    It isn't very funny or entertaining or well animated. And it definitely in unoriginal. There really is no fun to this film at all. You may asIt isn't very funny or entertaining or well animated. And it definitely in unoriginal. There really is no fun to this film at all. You may as well just walk out because it brings no message for kids. I give this film a 34% of a good movie. Full Review »
  2. Oct 5, 2011
    If I remembered "Home on the Range" correctly, the characters were funny but crazy has hell.
  3. Mar 4, 2014
    Home on the Range is a charming, innocent Disney movie with a zany feel to it and lots of fun. It may not be the best story, but it makes upHome on the Range is a charming, innocent Disney movie with a zany feel to it and lots of fun. It may not be the best story, but it makes up for it in charisma. Full Review »