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Beverly Hills Chihuahua (2008)

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Average Rating: 5/10
Reviews Counted: 96
Fresh: 39 | Rotten: 57

Despite hitting some sweet notes, Beverly Hills Chihuahua is little more than disposable family entertainment.

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Average Rating: 5.5/10
Critic Reviews: 22
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 11

Despite hitting some sweet notes, Beverly Hills Chihuahua is little more than disposable family entertainment.

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A pampered Chihuahua accustomed to the living the good life in glamorous Beverly Hills must rein in her heiress instincts and rely on the kindness of strangers in order to find her way back home after becoming hopelessly lost in Mexico. Chloe (voice of Drew Barrymore) is a diamond-clad toy dog who favors traveling in her wealthy owner's purse over frolicking in an open park, and Papi (voice of George Lopez) is the kind of independent pup that she doesn't afford a second glance. When a vacation

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Comedy

Jeff Bushell, Analisa LaBianco

Mar 3, 2009

$94.5M

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All Critics (99) | Top Critics (23) | Fresh (39) | Rotten (57) | DVD (6)

It kind of reaffirmed a lot of cultural stereotypes.

November 7, 2008 Full Review Source: At the Movies
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It's cute and sweet and funny.

November 7, 2008 Full Review Source: At the Movies
At the Movies
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For most of Beverly Hills Chihuahua, all I could think about was Drew Barrymore. What might she have been up to while she recited her lines for Chloe, the spoiled yet sad-looking live-action Chihuahua that speaks in her voice.

October 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Comment (1)
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The good news: Beverly Hills Chihuahua is not the apocalypse-signaling, cultural abomination its trailers make it out to be. The bad news: That's pretty much the best thing that can be said about it.

October 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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Beverly Hills Chihuahua is hardly Best in Show when it comes to Disney dog movies.

October 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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This being Disney, wholesome character-building messages abound, but for once they're freshly spun as cautions against stereotyping both ethnic and canine.

October 3, 2008 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
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A kid's film doesn't have to be an all time classic to be watchable - once anyway - for the whole audience. No one in Beverly Hills Chihuahua seems to care enough to bother. And if they don't care, why should I?

January 7, 2011 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
ComingSoon.net

...ultimately about as enthralling as a low-rent Saturday morning cartoon.

May 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Gosnell gracelessly walks us through cheap, generic talking dog material, while parents everywhere groan silently to themselves.

March 25, 2009 Full Review Source: DVDTalk.com
DVDTalk.com

An appealing film for dog lovers and those seeking escapist entertainment.

March 5, 2009 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

It's hugely silly, but peppy enough to be tolerable. What grates most are the patronising racial stereotypes: the dirty Mexican dogs are just waiting to be rescued by LA ladies and given a good bath.

January 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Younger audiences will adore this canine caper, though grown-ups might feel its one joke is stretched too far.

January 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

In a triumph of animal wrangling and CGI tinkering, the canine cast turn in better performances than some of the humans.

January 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

This piece of egregious silliness from Disney - featuring live-action canines with CGI moving mouths - isn't quite as awful as it sounds.

January 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

Not that anybody would expect perfection from a film called Beverly Hills Chihuahua, but the chewed bone of a story makes it all mutts ado about nothing.

January 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

A state-of-the-art kid-pleaser for sure, but recession-weary parents will probably find it a mite obnoxious.

January 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

This live-action Disney comedy is the kind of family film which is aimed not so much at parents, as small children and their goldfish, as long as the goldfish do not have too long an attention span.

January 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]
Daily Mail [UK]

In truth, this good-natured Disney comedy is an engaging romp.

January 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

Only watch this if you adore seeing dogs wearing shades.

January 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

It's put across with enough brio to excuse the inherent stupidity of the premise.

January 16, 2009 Full Review Source: thelondonpaper
thelondonpaper

You want to cringe as the picture begins, but you end up quite enjoying it.

January 16, 2009 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Watchable, largely average family movie, enlivened by decent performances and the occasionally surreal, off-the-wall moment.

January 16, 2009 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

Silly beyond reason, it somehow manages to win us over despite our doubts, and by the end we're ashamed that we can't stop giggling.

January 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

What doesn't make sense is that while the doggies can follow human speech, the humans don't get pooch talk, it's all Yap-Yapanese.

January 15, 2009 Full Review Source: Teletext
Teletext

Audience Reviews for Beverly Hills Chihuahua

A thin plotline and tired jokes make Beverly Hills Chihuahua a forgettable family film despite a few cute moments.
November 22, 2011
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Directors Cat

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weird and stupid the only redeemable factor about this movie is the iguana and cheech marin as the mouse
December 22, 2010
michael e.
Michael Edwards

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Beverly Hills Chihuahua is definitely not a bad film, but it's premise is very overdone. We have seen this before but not with chihuahua's lurking about. It's dumb, but it is a delight for children!
September 5, 2010
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

This movie is filled with doggy-stereotypes. Like the German Shepherd being the smart police dog, the Doberman, "Diablo" being the bad "Devil" dog. Really? Come on.

I was forced to watch this movie with the children I babysit, and I admit it was a very cute movie, however the stereotypes and cheesy plot really annoyed me.

I understand the movie was trying to tell people to love their dogs forever, dogs are a lifetime commitment, etc. but I don't think they really did a very good job at portraying that on screen. The movie made it seem like all stray dogs have a good life, which of course is not true. Then while the family was looking for Chloe, they find homes for stray dogs along the way....what? When does that ever happen? It's really not that easy to find homes for dogs, especially stray ones. I know they had to make it so that the movie had a happy ending for the children watching the movie, but they could at least be realistic. I do like how they mentioned how Papi was a shelter dog, but I wish they could've emphasized on that a bit more. At the end, all it said was that dogs are a lifetime commitment and you should take care of them. It never says anything about adopting shelter dogs. But I guess that's okay, there's only about a million shelter dogs that are going to be gassed because people would rather pay $500 for a breeder's puppy, instead of $50 for a shelter puppy.

The stereotypes were also a problem. Dobermans are really sweet dogs, as well as Rottweilers, and German Shepherds. But naming the Doberman "Devil" and making him the nasty dog that attacks people??? What a great reputation they are making for that breed! Just because they look intimidating doesn't mean they are nasty monsters. Then the German Shepherd being the police dog? Really? How many times have we seen that in movies already? German Shepherds are smart and loyal, but seriously, there are other breeds used for police work, not JUST German Shepherds. Then it made Chihuahuas look so cute and sweet. Um, news flash, Chihuahuas really aren't sweet dogs. Little dogs tend to be a little nastier compared to the bigger breeds. My aunt had a nasty Chihuahua that almost bit my brother. They are not children's dogs. Just look on PetFinder and there will be many Chihuahuas listed that say "No Children". Why? Because they are nasty little boogers. So I would like to know why dogs that are generally not recommended for children are used in a children's movie. The movie makes them look cute, cuddly, and fun to dress up. Another ridiculous stereotype.

The movie was pretty hard to sit through. It's not original, and filled with obnoxious stereotypes that made me lose my mind.

Some parts were funny, and the movie itself was cute, but it's not really a movie worth seeing. The ending is just what you expect- the happy ever after.
August 22, 2010
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