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Scooby-Doo Reviews

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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 9, 2002
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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
July 20, 2002
Scooby-Doo knows when to take itself seriously and when to laugh at itself -- even if its audience isn't laughing along at every gag.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
June 19, 2002
The acting is stiff, the story lacks all trace of wit, the sets look like they were borrowed from Gilligan's Island -- and the CGI Scooby might well be the worst special-effects creation of the year.
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
June 18, 2002
As this movie knows what it is, Scooby-Doo's a relatively painless 85 minutes.
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Joe Leydon
Variety
June 18, 2002
Much funnier than it has any right to be, and filled with just enough inside jokes to please longtime fans of the cartoon franchise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
June 18, 2002
The movie drags, and the occasional bursts of mirth and self-referential humor can't save it from bogging down.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 16, 2002
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Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly
June 16, 2002
The source material here is flimsy to begin with, and neither Gunn nor Gosnell seems to know how to flesh it out.
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Arizona Republic
June 16, 2002
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Houston Chronicle
June 16, 2002
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
June 14, 2002
It's like an amalgam of Ghostbusters, Alien and the Pokemon movies -- minus all the good parts.
| Original Score: 0.5/5
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Hank Stuever
Washington Post
June 14, 2002
Although Scooby-Doo falls far short of becoming the Blazing Saddles of Generations X, Y and Z, it is hard to resist in its moronic charms.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
June 14, 2002
Not that the TV show was so riveting, but most of the half-hour plots were more compelling than this lackluster warmover.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
June 14, 2002
Lillard gives the flick its manic energy, and the rest of the gang holds its own.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
June 14, 2002
Throws scraps to different audience constituencies and ends up with a muddle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle
June 14, 2002
Do you really want to spend money watching what is essentially marginality, or would those dollars be better used to see a better film or even buy a good book?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
June 14, 2002
Any thinking, reasoning human being with an appreciation for cinema would reject it as the vilest trash. Needless to say, it cracked me up the whole way.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 14, 2002
Get out your pooper-scoopers.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
June 14, 2002
By embracing the original series' tacky elements and inserting just enough self-mockery to avoid smugness, the movie manages to fulfill basic expectations.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
June 14, 2002
The obnoxious special effects, the obligatory outbursts of flatulence and the incessant, so-five-minutes-ago pop music on the soundtrack overwhelm what is left of the scruffy, dopey old Hanna-Barbera charm.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
June 14, 2002
This excruciating adaptation of the innocuous '70s cartoon show makes the film version of Josie and the Pussycats look sophisticated by comparison.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Robin Rauzi
Los Angeles Times
June 14, 2002
Entertainment more disposable than Hanna-Barbera's half-hour cartoons ever were.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
June 14, 2002
A frenetic, cluttered $100-million worth of haphazard plotting, fart jokes, computer-generated monsters and visual chaos.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
June 14, 2002
It may ... work as a jaunt down memory lane for teens and young adults who grew up on televised Scooby-Doo shows or reruns.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 14, 2002
I feel no sympathy with any of the characters, I am unable to judge whether the live action movie is a better idea than the all-cartoon TV approach, I am unable to generate the slightest interest in the plot, and I laughed not a single time.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Christopher Muther
Boston Globe
June 14, 2002
The novelty of seeing these characters on the big screen is occasionally fun, but this Scooby-Doo is no Great Dane.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
June 13, 2002
An uneven and sometimes inappropriate mix of entertainment gambits.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
June 13, 2002
A jumbled, rhythmless, terminally silly lame-o-rama.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
June 13, 2002
A tiresome, repetitive film that is in no way going to hold up to repeated viewings, neither for kids who think flatulence is hilarious nor young adults desperately seeking camp.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
June 13, 2002
A knowing, funny big-screen version that's more entertaining than you might expect.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 13, 2002
The film equivalent of a toy chest whose contents get scattered over the course of 80 minutes.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
June 13, 2002
It's absolutely spooky how Lillard channels the Shagster right down to the original Casey Kasem-furnished voice.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
June 13, 2002
Ruh-roh! Romething's really wrong with this ricture!
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
June 13, 2002
The movie Scooby is a delight -- by turns lovable, charming, conspiratorial and snooty.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
June 13, 2002
Comes off as a harmless but limp vehicle for a lot of product tie-ins.
Full Review | Original Score: C