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Free Birds (2013)



Critic Consensus: Technically proficient yet creatively moribund, Free Birds begs unfortunate comparisons with the dim-witted fowl that inspired it.

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In this irreverent, hilarious, adventurous buddy comedy, directed by Jimmy Hayward (Horton Hears a Who!), two turkeys from opposite sides of the tracks must put aside their differences and team up to travel back in time to change the course of history - and get turkey off the holiday menu for good. (C) Relativity Media

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George Takei
as S.T.E.V.E.
Colm Meaney
as Myles Standish
Keith David
as Chief Broadbeak
Dan Fogler
as Governor Bradford
Dwight Howard
as Cold Turkey
Kaitlyn Maher
as President's Daughter
Jeff Biancalana
as General Sagan/Hazmat
Carlos Ponce
as Narrator/Alejandro
Robert Beltran
as Chief Massasoit
Lesley Nicol
as Pilgrim Woman
Jason Finazzo
as Chrononaut One
Scott Mosier
as Pizza Dude
Lauren Bowles
as Jake's Mother
Jimmy Hayward
as Hazmat, Ranger/Leatherbeak/President/Hazmat
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Critic Reviews for Free Birds

All Critics (91) | Top Critics (33)

Anyone who's seen Chicken Run will wonder why they're not enjoying a well-constructed Aardman animation rather than attempting to make sense of this incoherent transatlantic trifle.

December 1, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Ultimately embarrassing and even offensive but has an offbeat premise, some neat characters and plenty of guffaw-worthy gags.

November 29, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Surely Owen Wilson can do a lot better than a slipshod animation about time travelling turkeys?

November 29, 2013 | Rating: 2/5

The film does boast an appealing buddy pairing in Wilson and Harrelson, a dash of conceptual originality, and some genuinely funny jokes.

November 29, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It's weirdly confusing and structurally unsound, though no more so than any film about time travel, including Looper and Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. It is, however, enjoyable, with some funny lines.

November 28, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The script is furiously unfunny - in the 17th century part of the story we get a 'my wife's cooking' joke, which certainly feels like it belongs there ...

November 28, 2013 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Free Birds

It's understandable that pretty much everyone absolutely hated this film, the main reasons being: its premise is laughably horrible, it isn't politically correct, and many find it humorless. I understand these points, and many of them are valid, but I think some credit is due to this holiday film. Though a lot of this is slipshod, there were a lot of great jokes. The humor in this is really great, blending jokes for both adults and children alike. It's really precocious in its handling of the material and made me laugh a good many times. Between those jokes, however, are really offensive depictions of Thanksgiving era turkeys as Native Americans, complete with feathers behind their heads and war paint on their faces. The premise, well executed in most of the film, still leaves some giant plot holes and a whole lot of unneeded absurdity. The worst of this is evidenced by the fact that the Pilgrims are presented as villains who blame the turkeys for their many misfortunes. The turkeys are actually to blame, since this is a kid's movie, but how do the humans know this? It's great for kids, because it's at least funny, but it's not intelligently presented.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer


A mediocre, run-of-the-mill animation destined to be rapidly forgotten by everyone, not only for being mostly unfunny and full of clichés but also because it holds few to no surprises, making sure that every joke is explained and leaving almost nothing to our imagination.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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