• PG, 1 hr. 39 min.
  • Drama, Kids & Family
  • Directed By:
    Joe Camp
    In Theaters:
    Aug 20, 2004 Wide
    On DVD:
    Dec 28, 2004
  • Mulberry Square Releasing


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Benji - Off the Leash Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Charming movie featuring an adorable dog.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 3/5

October 14, 2010
Mary Lasse
Christianity Today

Lacks creativity. The first Benji was original, and each new sequel needs to be a new creation. Instead, we get the same Benji formula.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

November 1, 2006
David Cornelius

Horrible, loathsome, incompetent, wretched. The worst movie of the year? Undoubtedly.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 1/5

December 26, 2004
Tony Toscano
Talking Pictures (U.S.)

...nothing in this boring and inept movie is salvageable.

Full Review | Original Score: .5/4

September 4, 2004
Eric D. Snider

The movie is so earnest and sweet that to criticize it harshly would be like kicking a dog, and far be it from me to go there.

Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: C+

August 24, 2004
Frank Wilkins
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

A fun and frolicsome adventure for the entire family.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

August 24, 2004
Vince Koehler
Entertainment Spectrum

This is by far the best of the Benji films, with appeal to both adults and kids alike.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum | Original Score: 3/4

August 23, 2004
Joe Leydon
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A mildly pleasant, aggressively retro kidpic that should please undemanding moppets without unduly boring their parents.

Full Review Source: Variety

August 23, 2004
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

Good intentions aside, the return of writer-director-producer Joe Camp's "Benji" is terminally boring.

| Original Score: .5/4

August 23, 2004
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

Families in search of a happy ending will have to hope that the next Benji movie is "Benji Finds a Better Script."

| Original Score: C+

August 22, 2004
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

Doggone it, I have to give this a better-than-average rating.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 22, 2004
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

A family drama, and public-service announcement for your local animal shelter, that is more convincing when the four-legged performers have the screen to themselves.

Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

August 20, 2004
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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All the Benji productions have had a high corn content, but in this one, even the corn is cheap.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/4

August 20, 2004
Donna Peremes
Washington Post
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The overall unevenness of tone is the movie's biggest flaw, but the slo-mo scenes of doggie derring-do are quite funny, and the message about how to treat both humans and animals evergreen.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

August 20, 2004
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The dogs are cute, the scary parts are appropriately subdued and everything works out for the best.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/5

August 20, 2004
Josh Larsen
Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)

...inane inoffensiveness can be offensive in and of itself.

Full Review Source: Sun Publications (Chicago, IL) | Original Score: 1.5/4

August 20, 2004
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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Parents ... are more likely to experience the film as a blend of clumsy slapstick and mind-numbing bathos.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2/5

August 20, 2004
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Long before the happy ending arrives, even the most dedicated dog lover will have ceased to care.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger

August 20, 2004
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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It all plays very much like an extremely drawn-out episode of Lassie updated with references to child, spousal and dog abuse.

| Original Score: 1.5/4

August 20, 2004

E! Online

While it may be free of the potty humor and cruelty that plague many contemporary kids' movies, its cheap lack of a decent script, acting or canine charm is lethal.

Full Review Source: E! Online | Original Score: D

August 20, 2004
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