• 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

Houston Chronicle
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July 21, 2005
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
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

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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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
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
John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
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A shaggy-dog story that goes from boring to downright bizarre.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 1/4

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
Catherine Foster
Boston Globe
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Camp's films are independently produced, use little-known actors, and there's a slightly amateurish quality to them. But Benji: Off the Leash! has a raggy charm, like the dogs, and a solid moral ending.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

August 20, 2004

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August 19, 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
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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It seems as if all the effort in the movie went toward making the pooches seem empathetic and emotional, but little thought went into making the human characters multidimensional.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 19, 2004
Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
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It's essentially a long-form public service announcement extolling the virtues of animal adoption and decrying the scourge of unfettered dog breeding.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

August 19, 2004
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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Benji is back, which is good news for youngsters and pet-loving families. Film lovers perhaps should steer clear, however, as hokey melodrama and sloppy comedy fill the gaps between neat dog tricks.

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
Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
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Couldn't they find a dog that at least looked like the original? This bowser is fluffier than Benji ever was, and is mostly dingy white.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 2.5/5

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
Ed Halter
Village Voice
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This unwarranted iteration of the '70s shaggy-dog tale pales in entertainment value compared to its website, which features a rant from the mutt's creator, Joe Camp.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

August 17, 2004
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