Beethoven Reviews

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
November 21, 2011
A family comedy about a wacky & destructive St. Bernard that is totally without any merit whatsoever.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
M. Faust
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
A sloppy but lovable pooch of a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

TV Guide's Movie Guide
August 12, 2009
A safely banal concoction in the tradition of the bland live-action Disney features cranked out during the Magic Kingdom's dispirited years after Walt's death.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Variety Staff
Variety
March 26, 2009
Rallies at the end to prevent chaperoning adults from feeling their time was completely wasted.

Film4
May 16, 2006
Kids will 'ooh' and 'aah' over the shaggy, doe-eyed doggy as it demolishes the family home, but grown-ups should stay on the sofa and enjoy the acerbic asides which distinguish this offering from the glut of cute mongrel movies.
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
Elevated from the doldrums of Digby-esque sentimentality by a surprisingly bouncy script, the film is also redeemed by regular interludes of acerbic dialogue and a brace of fine supporting performances.
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
March 24, 2005
I love dogs, but still had trouble getting through this.
| Original Score: 2/5
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 25, 2004
Overbearing (actually overdogging) family comedy.
| Original Score: 2/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
September 16, 2004
Anti-working mom bias gives a sour feeling to an otherwise innocuous dog movie.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Beethoven is no classic, but it's a sunny, energetic children's film with a good notion of what young audiences like.
Clint Morris
Moviehole
September 19, 2002
You'll laugh, You'll cry, You'll Howl?
| Original Score: 3/5
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
July 26, 2002
Family gets dog. Dog is large. Insert laugh track here. Still, it's a whole lot better than the wretched (and endless) series of sequels.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
The first half of the film is amusing, but when it turns to a distasteful subplot that has an evil veterinarian/scientist stealing pets for nasty experiments, it goes sour.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nick Barbaro
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Unless you are taking a child, there is absolutely no reason you should put yourself through this almost perfectly mindless exercise in canine celebration (exception: if your favorite comic strip is Marmaduke, this may be the movie for you).
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
[Grodin's] acting is so detached and lifeless that it is close to an out of body experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
A waggish tale of canine chicanery, an uproarious if impawsible symphony of drool, doggy fidelity and chewed shoes.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
It's the kind of clever, innocuous family entertainment that's always in short supply.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: D
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
November 25, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
August 6, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
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