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Old Dogs (2009)



Average Rating: 2.3/10
Reviews Counted: 108
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 103

Its cast tries hard, but Old Dogs is a predictable, nearly witless attempt at physical comedy and moral uplift that misses the mark on both counts.


Average Rating: 2.7/10
Critic Reviews: 28
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 27

Its cast tries hard, but Old Dogs is a predictable, nearly witless attempt at physical comedy and moral uplift that misses the mark on both counts.



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Two best friends -- one unlucky-in-love divorcee and the other a fun-loving bachelor -- have their lives turned upside down when they're unexpectedly charged with the care of seven-year-old twins while on the verge of the biggest business deal of their lives. The not-so-kid-savvy bachelors stumble in their efforts to take care of the twins, leading to one debacle after another, and perhaps to a new-found understanding of what's really important in life.


Drama, Kids & Family, Comedy

David Diamond, David Weissman

Mar 9, 2010


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All Critics (112) | Top Critics (31) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (103) | DVD (3)

This is imbecilic hooey of the rarest breed.

March 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out
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It's kind of a funny story. Actually it isn't. And not much in this movie is, unless you like to watch elderly dogs urinate, middle-aged movie stars overact wildly, and Seth Green get hit in the groin by a golf ball.

November 30, 2009 Full Review Source: At the Movies | Comments (6)
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This imbecilic, mean-spirited farce, which sneers at adults, leaves you wondering: where are the Three Stooges when we really need them?

November 25, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Times | Comments (3)
New York Times
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We have reached a point in our moviegoing life where the two most horrifying words a studio can mutter are "Robin" and "Williams."

November 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Washington Post | Comments (3)
Washington Post
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Old Dogs does to the screen what old dogs do to the carpet. It's unfortunate that only the latter can be taken out and shot.

November 25, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Post | Comments (6)
New York Post
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Travolta, who delivers an impressively enthusiastic performance, seems to have no idea that he's stuck in one of the year's worst movies. The perpetually pained expression on Williams' face, however, suggests he knows otherwise.

November 25, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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A cringe-worthy crude comedy that has more bark than bite.

September 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Big Hollywood
Big Hollywood

Heartless, brainless and unable to do anything with what it does have to offer, Old Dogs doesn't know who it's for or what it's offering. It just needs to get made because people have to have something to do. Spare yourself and your kids.

April 25, 2011 Full Review Source:

John Travolta and Robin Williams are no strangers to shamelessness. But not even they can walk away from "Old Dogs" with a shred of dignity - a mean-spirited, insulting "family" film that essentially pees down its leg and calls it comedy.

October 1, 2010 Full Review Source:

Featuring a mixed-up-medication gag, a guy-in-a-gorilla-suit gag and a suntan-gone-wrong gag...well, you begin to understand the level of inspiration that went into the execution of the film.

August 9, 2010 Full Review Source:

Um embaraço para todos os envolvidos - inclusive o público.

April 5, 2010
Cinema em Cena

It's aggressively awful, and manages to push its worst gags so numbingly off the scale that we're left slack-jawed in disbelief

April 4, 2010 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

A trip to the vets is needed, to have this dog of a movie, quietly put down.

April 2, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Record [UK]
Daily Record [UK]

The jokes are played painfully safe and not even the fleeting presence of a few a name faces detracts from the sheer inanity of the plot and outright creepiness of the film's central pairing.

March 22, 2010
Little White Lies

Both Williams and Travolta mug furiously and the kids need locking up.

March 22, 2010 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

[Travolta and Williams] engage in a torrent of slapstick set-ups that are neither witty nor funny.

March 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

You've never experienced horror until you've seen Robin Williams in a Speedo getting a spray tan.

March 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Scotsman

A slapdash embarrassment of feeble age gags and cultural stereotypes, Old Dogs is at once crass, corny, amateurish, insulting, uninspired, deeply phoney and extraordinarily unfunny.

March 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

It's perhaps wise to avoid this movie at all costs.

March 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

Old Dogs is a milestone in the [Travolta's] career, the moment when he trumped Battlefield Earth to make the worst film of his life.

March 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

At the screening I attended I didn't hear one person laugh, though I did hear plenty of involuntary sighs and groans, some of them emanating from myself.

March 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]
Daily Mail [UK]

Dumb and painfully unfunny.

March 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

The pickings are slim going on invisible.

March 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

Most repellent is the undercurrent of homophobia, the brutal cultural stereotyping and the fact that Travolta looks like a man wearing a slightly melted rubber John Travolta Hallowe'en mask.

March 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

This is easily the worst film of the year so far, and frankly last year too. It is embarrassingly, painfully unfunny.

March 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Birmingham Post
Birmingham Post

Audience Reviews for Old Dogs

I really love Old Dogs. Even just on the soul fact that John Travolta and Robin Williams are in a movie together was enough to get my attention, but the result is comic gold. After seeing this around three times for some reason, I still think it's just as funny. Now I can see why this was critically bashed beyond belief and people in general just hate it, but it doesn't affect me in the slightest. I think the reason I find this to be so funny is the fact that it takes middle-aged jokes to the extreme. The pill mix-up thing gets me every time as well as the extra tan session. Then there's the great cameos from Matt Dillon and a redneck Justin Long that really send it over the top.
May 4, 2011

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I couldn't stop laughing on people getting hit in the nuts by golf balls, but that, at least, is worth a smile. Not so the moment Dan (Robin Williams) enters a tanning booth and - gasp! - ends up turning browner than an M&M thanks to an operational mishap. And when he and Charlie (John Travolta) discuss their complicated regime of pills and their side-effects, you can be sure that within minutes they'll be taking the wrong ones by mistake, leading to all sorts of high jinks. It's light entertainment in the truest sense of the word, being light on both laughs and substance.
Williams and Travolta as two lifelong friends and business partners share a remarkably poor chemistry.
In the film's favour is that the youngsters, Emily and Zach - the former played by Travolta's real-life daughter, Ella Beau - are likable rather than cloying, Seth Green is, sadly, under-used, and the fact that everyone has to mug so hard for their laughs is an unfortunate consequence of the writing just not being funny enough.
December 5, 2010
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

A nice family movie with a little of comedy too. It was a decent story with some heart-felt emotion at the end, of course its Disney...

Charlie and Dan have been best friends and business partners for thirty years; their Manhattan public relations firm is on the verge of a huge business deal with a Japanese company. With two weeks to sew up the contract, Dan gets a surprise: a woman he married on a drunken impulse nearly nine years before (annulled the next day) shows up to tell him he's the father of her twins, now seven, and she'll be in jail for 14 days for a political protest. Dan volunteers to keep the tykes, although he's up tight and clueless. With Charlie's help is there any way they can be dad and uncle, meet the kids' expectations, and still land the account?
November 27, 2010
Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

An often riotously funny slapstick farce that ought to appeal to moviegoers of all ages.
July 25, 2010

Super Reviewer

    1. Driver: How about putting it in drive grandma?
    2. Dan: There are babies onboard.
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