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Based on 25 Reviews
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  • 75
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Chronicle

    It's no great shakes as a film, but its combination of mild comedy, slapstick, pathos, many photogenic canines and a positive message will make it irresistible to families. show more

  • 50
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Between the dogged efforts of the kids to save strays and the antics of the dogs, it's hard to resist this lively, though predictable, family movie. show more

  • 50
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    It's sad to see a promising fantasy turn into yet another industrial-scale fantasy-delivery system that beats up on its audience with mindless intensity and undercuts its own humanity -- and caninity -- in the process. show more

  • 50
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    At its best, the movie is a catalog of doggy stunts. show more

  • 60
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Even the youngest viewers, not to mention their parents, will appreciate the buffoonish villainy of the dogcatchers (still useful villains more than half a century after "Lady and the Tramp"), and the movie's nice anti-kill shelter message is as it should be. show more

  • 50
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    It's a pretty lazy film in the creativity department save for the dogs. show more

  • 75
    Connie Ogle Miami Herald

    A lively, funny, imaginative film that should appeal to kids and their pet-loving parents. show more

  • 75
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    Kids will be as enthralled by this film as you were by the live-action Disney movies of the '70s. It doesn't get any sweeter than a roomful of mattresses with kids and dogs jumping on them. show more

  • 63
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    A sweet, innocent family movie about stray dogs that seem as well-trained as Olympic champions. Friday, the Jack Russell terrier who's the leader of the pack, does more acting than most of the humans, and doesn't even get billing. show more

  • 63
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    Not bad, not great, a little less pushy and grating than the usual. show more

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