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Free Birds Synopsis
Two turkeys travel back to the year 1621 to prevent feathered friends from becoming holiday dinners.
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A more than worthy (and weird) holiday diversion for the whole family.
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Boston Globe

By Tom Russo
At an hour and a half, the action in Free Birds gets stretched thin. It’s Thanksgiving fare, sure, but it only partly satisfies our...
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Bill Zwecker
While the overall concept of the script is pretty creative and original, at several points along the way the storyline gets a bit muddled.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Free Birds is pleasant enough holiday fare. And kudos to the animators for transforming a rather unattractive — or at least unappreciated —...
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The Hollywood Reporter

Although it seldom approaches the inspiration of its plucky premise... Free Birds nevertheless manages to avoid being branded a holiday...
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Entertainment Weekly

In the end, the jokes simply aren’t funny enough to lift these flight-challenged fowl off the ground.
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Village Voice

By Stephanie Zacharek
Like so many modern animated features, Free Birds packs too much in; the picture feels cramped and cluttered, and, despite its occasionally...
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By Justin Chang
A cute but disposable item were it not for the story’s weird racial undertow.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Children, of course, won’t notice the political subtext. But do be prepared for them to exit the theater demanding that you make only...
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New York Post

By Sara Stewart
A forgettable — and occasionally borderline offensive — animated tale of turkeys trying to take back Thanksgiving.
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Free Those Birds

By ybotello
I took my three grandchildren, ages: 8, 6, and 2 to see this movie. They loved it. It had a cute story to it and didn't harm the kids by making them not want Turkey for Thanksgiving!!...

wow what a waste

By SIPAnkh
21st century, where games look more realistic that this cartoon's characters not along cartoon motion pictures! This was huge waste of time and money! Poor graphics, story started as one with...

Expecting much better honestly...

By walter.bellini
Like the cast but the story just was a bland okay, could have waited for the DVD. There were some funny moments but if felt like things just dragged on more than they should have, my five year old...

Free Birds

By jmedrano75
It was GREAT! I took my 2 1/2 year old for the first time to the movies, was not sure how he would do, and he sat thru the whole movie, fully engaged and entertained....

Free Birds

By annieAMC
I took my 5 year old grandson to see it. It was a great concept, but got lost on my grandson. It was too wordy at times and could have been shorter. I enjoyed it, but my 30 year old daughter,mother...

Great for the kids...but see it in 3D if you go

By GatorBait1971
Overall: Decent movie for the family to get into the Thanksgiving mood. Our 8yr old and 13yr old kids loved it. The one thing I would say is, "see it in 3D". We didn't, so it easily falls into my...

viewed with children age 7, 10 & 11

By cindycarmichael
I took three children ages 7, 10, 11 to this movie on opening day. I would say overall, everyone enjoyed it. Some of the ways the plot was moved forward seemed pretty random, but I wasn't expecting...

It was good and entertaining

By northwest_movie_junkie
If my 4 year old could give a review, she would say that she did not like it. When she likes a movie, she will sit down and watch it. But with Free Birds, she had zero interest in it. Now this...

Free Birding

By jasong10
Took my 2 yr old daughter and 7 yr old son to see. He gave it a thumbs up. I was more on the fence. Cute premise but it seemed to be missing something that would make me want to rent again when...


By twowilson
Perfect family movie!! We just loved it. I took my family which consist of ages 7 to 11. Was not boring at any time. They all loved it. Great Thanksgiving movie to see for the holidays. We will...

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Rated PG | For Some Action/Peril and Rude Humor
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Clever idea turns bland in turkey-focused holiday fare.
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