(2008)

Critic Reviews

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Metascore

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91
Wilson has a scene near the end with Marley that's the most wrenchingly tender acting of his career.
75
When Marley is not on the screen, Wilson and Aniston demonstrate why they are gifted comic actors. They have a relationship that's not too sitcomish, not too sentimental, mostly smart and realistic.
75
The humans, particularly the wistful Wilson, deadpan Alan Arkin (as Grogan's editor) and Nathan Gamble, a 10-year-old who plays the eldest Grogan child, are very affecting. Aniston, who has great offbeat comic timing, doesn't quite find her rhythm here.
75
And then there's Alan Arkin, who, as John's editor, is hilarious and dry--it's frankly a shame he's not onscreen for every single scene.
75
Miami Herald
Marley & Me gets so many of the details right, particularly in its final act, when it turns into a five-hanky weeper.
60
The Hollywood Reporter
A warm and fuzzy family movie, but you do wish that at least once someone would upstage the dog.
50
This love letter to man's best friend will make dog fanciers roll over and do tricks. It's so warmhearted, you'll want to run out and hug the nearest big, sloppy mutt. And while you're watching it, have your handkerchief ready.
50
Marley & Me might be easy to watch, but -- even for die-hard canine lovers -- it's as easy to forget.
40
If characters talking to dogs and dog reaction shots are some of your favorite things, add some stars to this review.
38
Watching the stars try to out-cutesy the mutt is one for the puke bucket.
30
You'd have to be made of granite to resist all the charms of a free-spirited, 100-pound Lab. Yet the production manages, against heavy odds, to make its canine star an incorrigible bore.

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