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Garfield's owner, Jon, takes in sweet but dimwitted pooch Odie, turning Garfield's perfect world upside down. Now, Garfield wants only one thing: Odie out of his home and life! But when the hapless...  View more >

Starring Bill Murray, Breckin Meyer, Jennifer Love Hewitt...  View more >

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Please Note: Reader Reviews are submitted by the readers of The BigScreen Cinema Guide and represent their own personal opinions regarding this movie, and do not represent the views of The BigScreen Cinema Guide, or any of its associated entities.

Jun 21, 2004
My husband and I rate GARFIELD "Stay Away" and my 13 year old daughter and 8 year old son rate it slightly better with a "Wait for Rental." Either way, GARFIELD was not embraced by either generation.

After the movie, no one could recall the name of Jon's love interest and she was one of the leading characters (Jennifer Love Hewitt), although my husband said she is "cute". Sorry Billy Murray, we loved you in Caddy Shack, but Garfield misses the mark. No laughs in this comedy.
Jun 30, 2004
Jul 21, 2004
zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz...........Huh???? o sorry i was thinking about the movie.....
Sep 30, 2005
Flat Cat.

Although Bill Murray (who voices Garfield) is truly a real-life simulacrum of the smug, under-enthused comic-strip cat, his intrinsically entertaining “character” was – dare I say it – Lost In Translation (shout, but don’t hit) somewhere between the vapidity of the script and the orange computer blips representing the eponymous feline.

Garfield’s master, Jon (Blandness, thy name is Breckin Meyer), is a card-carrying cat owner who is bequeathed a dog, Odie, by his veterinarian (a stunningly one-dimensional Jennifer Love-Hewitt, whose boob job long ago outpaced her talent and credibility), which he accepts unconditionally because he is googly-eyed over her.

Garfield’s eminence is threatened when Odie snuggles indoors with Jon, while he is seemingly forgotten outdoors. Garfield tricks Odie outside, who promptly gets lost and then kidnapped by The Villain. Through cartoonish adversity and plot contrivances which could only be seriously entertained by fourteen year olds (including Garfield staging a Great Escape from an animal shelter and hijacking a train, no less), Odie is rescued and subsequently “befriended” by Garfield; the inane boy gets the tepid girl, the lukewarm Villain gets his comeuppance and everyone lives sappily ever after.

This is not a “bad” movie – it is simply devoid of a soul. The human protagonists who meander around Garfield’s universe inhabit a world where “middle ground” is as wide as Texas; even The Villain (Stephen Tobolowsky) seems as sinister as apple pie – gone cold! (Large organ chords!)

As if to presage the apathetic essence of the whole film, an early scene involves Jon coming home with four lasagnas, entreating Garfield not to eat them all, which Garfield promptly does. Instead of enforcing any kind of retribution/ punishment/ deprivation, or even a stern finger-wagging, the milksoppy Jon makes some kind of insensately obvious statement along the lines of, “Did you eat all the lasagnas, Garfield? I told you not to”, and then they leave for the vet and the next syrupy, substance-less scene.

Now, in deeming this movie “for kids”, is it not enough that all emotive impact and any semblance of real human emotion is leached from the script until a bloodless husk remains; must any and all “messages” which concern retributive connotations also be excised to portray a world where *nothing* is ultimately “wrong” enough to warrant punishment or even concern? How noble to raise our children with the notion that Disobedience has NO REPERCUSSIONS.

The film suffered as a whole with the problem that Garfield was just not “cute”. What drew me to Jim Davis’ hilarious cartoon strip decades ago, was that every character is laughable by their appearance alone. The creators of this computer cat forgot the primo rule regarding cartoon heads: the bigger they are in relation to the character’s body, the cuter the character becomes. Garfield’s head was too small – or rather, his body was too overweight to be comically “cute”. And by making Nermal (The World’s Cutest Kitten) and Odie (a flummoxed, witless, balloon-animal-bodied puppy) “real-life” animals, Garfield effectively had no other “cute” entities to play off, and seemed at times misplaced in this world where everything was “real” except him.

Ironically, in this film, even Reality was nowhere near real…
Mar 16, 2009
Aside from how loyal the movie is to the comic strip, there's not much else to recommend. Bill murray, the voice of Garfield sound like Lorenzo Muisc, the orginally voice of Garfield in the cartoon series. The problem is the strip. it's needs a rewrite. Where's Binky the clown when you need him?
Jul 15, 2009

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