Generally favorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
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  1. 91
    Over The Hedge stands out as genuinely witty and even a little barbed. Its chipper, sneering outsider's look at suburban sprawl and conformity isn't going to change the world, but it's still self-aware enough to be reasonably smart.
  2. The film stays true to its characters and keeps the laughs coming in what may be the closest thing in spirit to the old Warner Bros. Looney Tunes to hit the screen in years. And when it comes to animation designed primarily for laughs, praise doesn't come any higher than that.
  3. 91
    This isn't much of a plot, but as in the "Toy Story" films the combination of a varied cast of characters and a vision of the human world from an unlikely perspective make for consistent amusement.
  4. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    It's very funny, and the little woodland critters that make up the cast are a kiddie-pleasing bunch.
  5. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    If they were still making Looney Tunes, they'd look a lot like Over the Hedge.
  6. The visual and verbal jokes are as bouncy and multilevel (hip height for adults, knee-slap-size for kids) as we have come, no doubt selfishly, to expect from DreamWorks.
  7. This enjoyable Dreamworks animated comedy is well timed.
  8. Reviewed by: Michael Ferraro
    Aside from having some great animation, the writing is funny and clever.
  9. 75
    Solid family entertainment, and it's better than 2006's previous tepid animated releases.
  10. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    The vividly animated film -- based on a comic strip by Michael Fry and T. Lewis -- has an appealing balance of comic bits and exhilarating action sequences.
  11. 75
    Not at the level of "Finding Nemo" or "Shrek," but is a lot of fun, awfully nice to look at, and filled with energy and smiles.
  12. When "Hedge" clicks on all cylinders, Chuck Jones smiles down from heaven.
  13. 75
    Kids will eat it up, while solid voice work from William Shatner and Wanda Sykes should keep this borderline-feral toon from pushing adults over the edge.
  14. The computer-animation is terrific, most of the slapstick gags are fun, and Wanda Sykes' voice performance as feisty Stella the Skunk is one that will be remembered - and not because it stinks.
  15. This has to be the first children's film to weave a Grand Theft Auto joke into the script -- and like most things in the movie, it's pretty amusing.
  16. A backyard ecological comedy outfitted with some fine, silly slapstick and clever animal characters.
  17. 70
    Deftly held together by bags of good humor and zany action sequences, tethered to a heartfelt conviction that green is good and family is better.
  18. Hedge is built for laughter rather than artistry; jokes are packed into every pixel. But despite the movie's entertaining qualities, there is something a little unsettling.
  19. Offers plenty of modest pleasures.
  20. The final showdown, in which the critters tangle with security-rigged lawn flamingos and garden gnomes, would have made Rube Goldberg proud.
  21. The story is slim but the script is snappy and the film moves with a fluid rhythm that charges up to a rollercoaster pace.
  22. Though the animation is solid and the writing reasonably clever, Over the Hedge is clearly more about packaging than freshness or substance.
  23. 63
    There is actually an occasional moment of inspiration, but as an experience, the movie doesn't hog much shelf space in the memory.
  24. Reviewed by: Nick De Semlyen
    You'll soon be sick of digital furballs, but there’s plenty of fun here.
  25. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Despite a sprinkling of laughs and eye-catching moments, this adaptation of a popular comicstrip reps a middling effort from the house that "Shrek" built, a rather narrowly conceived tale that makes only modest hay from the overworked conflict between wildlife and encroaching humans.
  26. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Even with Levy and O'Hara and Shandling adding what they can, you can only enjoy the voices behind the critters so much when the images fall so short.
  27. Like a lot of animated fare, it's overly busy, lacking the comic's gentle, contemplative air.
  28. 50
    The disappointingly pedestrian computer-animated Over the Hedge will be more entertaining for little tykes than their older siblings and parents, and would not seem out of place on Saturday morning television.
  29. Over the Hedge isn't by any stretch bad. It's just banal.
  30. Reviewed by: Robert Wilonsky
    "Lady and the Tramp" all by its lonesome is worth a dozen of these meat-grinders -- crude commodities, plush toys and product placements in search of a story from which to hang their price tags.
  31. There is no poetry here and little thought.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 172 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 52
  2. Negative: 2 out of 52
  1. Oct 18, 2010
    I didn't know there was a comic strip about it before this was made. I didn't even read it. anyway, this movie is way beyond good. its great.I didn't know there was a comic strip about it before this was made. I didn't even read it. anyway, this movie is way beyond good. its great. the animation kicks ***, the characters were well-done, and the songs were great. Over The Hedge is just the right CGI movie for people all around the world. Full Review »
  2. Oct 23, 2011
    The film sometimes jumps "Over the Hedge" in terms of story or comedy, but nevertheless at least its linear and simple to understand.
  3. Jan 29, 2012
    Over the Hedge is funny, original, visually dazzling and heartwarming. Just the film isn't as well executed as many would hope it too be. ButOver the Hedge is funny, original, visually dazzling and heartwarming. Just the film isn't as well executed as many would hope it too be. But anyways the film is great and I give it a solid 86%. Full Review »