Metascore
45

Mixed or average reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 29
  2. Negative: 7 out of 29
  1. The result is a wacked kiddie Rashomon in which the different versions dovetail with a logic as impeccable as it is flat-out buggy. So who do we root for? Everyone and no one. Hoodwinked's most radical feature is that it's a ride without heroes.
  2. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    75
    An enjoyably ironic rethink of a beloved fairy tale.
  3. Hoodwinked hasn't much time for soul or sentiment, but it is certainly amusingly smart and sassy.
  4. 67
    There's no getting around the fact that it all looks like a cutscene from a kiddie video game. It's a great showreel. Now someone give these folks a real budget so they can make a movie that looks as good as it sounds.
  5. Hoodwinked treats "Red Riding Hood" as a detective story we've never really understood until now, with nuttier motivations, more complex characters and a screwier climax.
  6. 63
    Zippily written and directed by the team of Cory Edwards, Todd Edwards and Tony Leech, Hoodwinked just wants the audience to have fun - something that's been in sparse supply in theaters of late.
  7. Hoodwinked may be a poor cousin to the Shrek franchise, but this made-on-the-cheap computer-animated feature still has more style and snarky gags than Disney's recent CG hit, "Chicken Little."
  8. 63
    When compared to today's visual standards for animated films, Hoodwinked is far below the curve.
  9. It's a moderately enjoyable escapade that isn't quite clever enough for adults and not quite imaginative enough for children.
  10. 50
    Like an early Woody Allen film or a classic Marx brothers feature, more of Hoodwinked's gags flop than hit, but they come at such a steady rate, you hardly notice.
  11. The superior animation we've seen over the last few years has raised the bar for family entertainment like Hoodwinked, which features lackluster character design, so-so animation and only fitful bursts of cleverness.
  12. What big ambitions you have, Grandma. And what a disappointingly modest follow-through.
  13. A tired tale that never comes to life.
  14. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    50
    With its chatty, overstuffed patter, Hoodwinked strains at the seams to look with it, like one of those dressed-alike Beverly Hills mother-daughter combos. Having said all that, the songs (yes, there are songs, too), mostly written by Todd Edwards, provide an unexpected bright spot.
  15. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    50
    Little Red Riding Hood gets a cheeky CGI makeover in Hoodwinked!, a fast-paced, fitfully clever 3-D-animated feature that will entertain tykes.
  16. Hoodwinked occupies some considerably shaky turf situated uncomfortably between "Shrek" and dreck.
  17. Reviewed by: Olly Richards
    40
    The idea is so great that it's a crying shame that the end product is such a sheep in wolf's clothing.
  18. The film's voice talent is good, as are the characterizations. However, the film's computer animation leaves much to be desired.
  19. Reviewed by: Matt Singer
    40
    Sluggishly paced and stiffly animated, Hoodwinked pulls out all the stops to keep its attention-deficient audience occupied, but the snowboarding, skiing, hang-gliding, and kung fu sequences will still be a lot more fun in the Hoodwinked video game.
  20. A little too loud, and a lot too boring.
  21. Too archly scripted to appeal to kids and too crudely executed to win over older aficionados. The cheap-looking CGI makes the animals creepy rather than engaging, and a plot thread about a series of thefts does little more than spin the tale to feature length.
  22. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    38
    One aches to think what the great "Looney Tunes" directors could have done with this material.
  23. The "Puppetoonish" characters in Hoodwinked didn't bother me: They're primitive and inexpressive, but their personalities come through. In fact, the problem is that their personalities do come through: They're all wackily sarcastic, unfunny nonentities.
  24. Reviewed by: Nathan Lee
    30
    Less sassy than shrill, more crass than clever, the maiden cartoon from the Weinstein Company turns the Little Red Riding Hood legend into a sub- "Shrek" bummer that appears to have been manufactured for the pleasure of tone-deaf kids with a thing for sarcasm, extreme sports, and Andy Dick.
  25. Hoodwinked makes a little sense. Too bad, then, it's so crummy.
  26. Hoodwinked is a computer-animated, "Shrek"-style satire of "Little Red Riding Hood" that offers a few laughs but overall is pretty tired.
  27. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    25
    Why would a distributor suddenly yank an animated family film from its intended wide December opening until mid-January? Could it be that the advance word of mouth wasn't very good-winked?
  28. It's horrible. It's wretched. It's Limburger pickled in castor oil.
User Score
6.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 89 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 38
  2. Negative: 7 out of 38
  1. Dec 26, 2011
    7
    It ain't sensational, but "Hoodwinked!" is one wacky helluva interpretation of lil' Red Riding Hood and the gang.
  2. Dec 23, 2011
    8
    It's smart, with wit, a whole lot of humor, heart, mystery, and great action. I think critics should give it more credit even if it doesn't hit the levels of Shrek which failed after two movies. I give this movie 78%. Full Review »
  3. MarkB.
    Jan 24, 2006
    4
    I honestly don't understand why people are moaning about the length of Peter Jackson's King Kong--a 3-hour film that plays like an hour and 45-minute one--when this animated pastiche (in the attempted style of Jay Ward's "Fractured Fairy Tales" TV cartoons with a nod to Stan Freberg's old comedy record "St. George and the Dragonet") runs a scant 80 minutes but SEEMS like 3 hours. In Rashomon style, Red Riding Hood, the Big Bad Wolf, Red's grandmother and the seemingly heroic woodsman all give their accounts of what really happened in the famous story to the police and other law enforcement authorities (depicted as a bear, a frog, and--sadly, tritely and rather offensively in this age--a group of pigs). There are definite reasons why the old Looney Tunes cartoons where Bugs Bunny confronted the Three Little Pigs, or Tweety and Sylvester climbed Jack's beanstalk, only ran about seven minutes each; this starts out reasonably amusing and original, and gets more and more tiresome and desperate as it goes. A few funny supporting characters (a hyperactive squirrel, a mountain goat under a spell that won't let him stop singing, or so he says) help; so does the vocal work of Brokeback Mountain's Anne Hathaway, who plays Red as a cynical Gen Y-er, but does so with charm and great comic timing, and Patrick Warburton (who was so funny and winning as dimwitted semi-villain Kronk in Disney's The Emperor's New Groove that the studio recently released a DVD sequel centered around his character). The decision to animate everybody in a wildly different visual style really sinks this: some characters are traditionally cute while others (especially the frog) are a real eyesore. Unfortunately, these sophomoric pseudo-Pixars with the self-consciously puffy looks and the committee-written chop suey scripts show no signs of going away; before watching this I saw previews of four more slated to come out in 2006, but also one of Curious George, a traditionally 2-D animated (glory be!) version of the classic children's books that seems blissfully free of the smartass postmodern attitude that afflicted Robots, Madagascar and Hoodwinked (glory hallelujah!) Please feel free to insert your own "manna in the wilderness" or "oasis in the desert" analogy here. Full Review »