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By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Live-action cat tale has lots of cartoon violence.

Movie PG 2004 80 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 16 parent reviews

age 2+


WHY DID THEY HAVE TO DO THIS TO MY CAT¡!!!!!!!!!!!¡!!!!!!!!?''11!!
age 2+

Garfield lovers beware

What I was expecting: a funny, original take on a comic strip that I grew up with, and that has a place in my heart as the first comic strip I ever read. What I got: a boring, cliche movie full of product placement and some really ugly CGI (like seriously, Garfield looks high the whole time!) has some funny moments I guess, but only to like, 2-year-olds

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (16 ):
Kids say (29 ):

None of the plot makes much sense or captures our interest, but there are some pleasantly silly moments along the way. In order to turn a three-panel comic not specifically directed at children into a feature film, the people behind this movie tried to have it both ways. Garfield begins as the unabashedly self-centered, wisecracking character from the comic strip, but then somehow transforms into a loyal friend who is willing to take big risks to save the dog he once considered a rival.

Like the comic strip, the human characters are bland and barely visible. The stars here are the animals, real with some special effects enhancement except for the all-CGI Garfield. Highlights include a dance-off between Garfield and Odie to a Black-Eyed Peas song, a wild ride through air ducts and stairs as Garfield tries to find Odie, and some just-to-keep-the-parents-awake references to Jerry Maguire, Apocalypse Now, Elvis, Billy Joel, and even Shakespeare's Henry V.

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