• 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
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com

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
Variety
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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
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
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
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Not one of the great dog movies, but it's a good one, abandoning wall-to-wall cuteness for a drama about a homeless puppy.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

August 20, 2004
Dave Kehr
New York Times
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The fifth film to feature the lovable mutt Benji is an old-fashioned boy and his dog story.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

August 19, 2004
Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
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In direction, story construction, camerawork and performances both human and canine, Benji Off the Leash! is the best of the Benji canon.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: A-

August 19, 2004
Robert Abele
L.A. Weekly
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It's hard to not feel a measure of warmth for the determined optimism of his enterprise, especially since [Camp] hasn't lost the touch for cute dog antics.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

August 19, 2004
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat

...almost impossible to resist.

August 18, 2004
Erik Childress
eFilmCritic.com

It's Benji for Pete's sake and he's at least three times as expressive as Josh Hartnett or Halle Berry, so give a dog his due and shine that sun where it's supposed to.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 3, 2004
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 2/5

August 7, 2008
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
eFilmCritic.com

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
Nick Barbaro
Austin Chronicle

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 2/5

August 29, 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

Houston Chronicle
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July 21, 2005
Frank Wilkins
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August 30, 2004

Boston Phoenix
August 28, 2004

Seattle Post-Intelligencer
August 23, 2004

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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August 20, 2004

AV Club
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August 19, 2004
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