Free Birds in 3D Synopsis
Two turkeys travel back to the year 1621 to prevent feathered friends from becoming holiday dinners.

Movie Reviews

Critic Ratings


A more than worthy (and weird) holiday diversion for the whole family.
Full Review

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...
Full Review

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.
Full Review

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 —...
Full Review

The Hollywood Reporter

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

Entertainment Weekly

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

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...
Full Review


By Justin Chang
A cute but disposable item were it not for the story’s weird racial undertow.
Full Review

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...
Full Review

New York Post

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


By DC-Mom
While there were a few cute sections (baby chicks, sneaking around camp David) and one or two laughs, most jokes fell flat and parts of the movie dragged on....


By nygibbon
I was extremely disappointed in this moving. It was boring beyond belief. Of course the only cool thing was the 3D. Otherwise a total bomb. My 10 year old daughter and her friend said they liked...

my 8 year old son LOVED IT

By kfdundas
While my 13 year old and I admit to snoozing for a few minutes, my 8 year old son LOVED IT. His dad also was a fan of the movie. It's not a laugh out loud the whole time movie, nor a major tear...

Free Birds

By jenniferjj
Took my 5 year old grandson and we both thoroughly enjoyed this movie. We will probably go back to see it again during the Thanksgiving Holiday....

Young kids will like it

By monkandmiles
The story was pretty lame. It could have been a 1-hour special on TV. I fell asleep during part of the film. I would recommend waiting until this goes to DVD to watch it....

cute movie but not amazing

By oliviabeckett
Took my 9, 7, and 4 year old to see it, and they all enjoyed it. Nothing inappropriate, and kept their attention the whole time. The story was a bit boring. Nobody was reciting any lines afterwards....

Read the PG rating

By whyam
There is adult "humor" that will not be understood (shouldn't be) by children. But, this was a good kids movie and enjoyable for many age ranges....

to many BUTT jokes

By tesshasadream
they were trying to hard from the Despicable me series, they pulled one liners from every cheesy movie you could think of. Not worth it....


By gloriatester
Entertaining but some humor over children's heads. Too many sexual nuances in language. Animation and voices terrific! Owen Wilson and George Takaii were PERFECT for their roles...especially George....


By imkris10b
I should've figured that a movie dealing with Thanksgiving would include touchy subjects including animal rights, eating meat vs not eating meat, and the difficult history of the US. While these were...

More Info

Rated PG | For Rude Humor and Some Action/Peril
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 6+ Clever idea turns bland in turkey-focused holiday fare.
Read the Common Sense Media Review