| Original Score: D
Rallies at the end to prevent chaperoning adults from feeling their time was completely wasted.
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.
Beethoven is no classic, but it's a sunny, energetic children's film with a good notion of what young audiences like.
A waggish tale of canine chicanery, an uproarious if impawsible symphony of drool, doggy fidelity and chewed shoes.
It's the kind of clever, innocuous family entertainment that's always in short supply.
| Original Score: 2.5/4