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Based on 17 Reviews
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  • 25
    Carla Meyer San Francisco Chronicle

    A dreary, distasteful exercise, "Off the Leash'' favors dogs over humans, framing canine high jinks with an ugly story of domestic abuse. show more

  • 63
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Falls flat, enlivened only by the performances of its two charismatic lead dogs. The story is heavy-handed, and the human performances are, at their worst, caricatured. show more

  • 50
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    All the Benji productions have had a high corn content, but in this one, even the corn is cheap. show more

  • 50
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    Benji is back, which is good news for youngsters and pet-loving families. Film lovers perhaps should steer clear, however, as hokey melodrama and sloppy comedy fill the gaps between neat dog tricks. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Not one of the great dog movies, but it's a good one, abandoning wall-to-wall cuteness for a drama about a homeless puppy. show more

  • 50
    Boston Globe

    Has a raggy charm, like the dogs, and a solid moral ending. For a late-summer children's film, it does the job. show more

  • 38
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Disco may still be dead, but Benji: Off the Leash! resurrects another dubious artifact of the '70s - the crudely made family films starring that lovable mutt. show more

  • 60
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    It's sweet-natured, soothing and there's a behind-the-scenes/blooper reel at the end that will reassure anyone worried about the animals' treatment during filming. show more

  • 40
    Austin Chronicle

    The sentiment is saccharin; the plot is … well, let's be generous and say unambitious. show more

  • 42
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer

    Love of dogs is key, because the amateurish acting, writing and production values in this independently made film feel more like the stuff of home movies than Hollywood. show more

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