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Metascore

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75
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.
75
Miami Herald
A lively, funny, imaginative film that should appeal to kids and their pet-loving parents.
75
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.
63
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.
63
Not bad, not great, a little less pushy and grating than the usual.
60
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.
50
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.
50
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.
50
At its best, the movie is a catalog of doggy stunts.
50
The Hollywood Reporter
It's a pretty lazy film in the creativity department save for the dogs.
42
There are still cuddly pups and piddle jokes aplenty.

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