Doogal Reviews

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Jason Anderson
Globe and Mail
June 4, 2008
The slapdash dialogue and smug vocal talent detract from the visual appeal of the most energetic sequences (like a raucous train chase) and what's left of Danot's designs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
April 13, 2006
The laziest, most disheartening kind of animated children's film.
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Scott Brown
Entertainment Weekly
March 1, 2006
Where is it written that 4-year-olds don't deserve a good story, decent characters, and a modicum of coherence?
Full Review | Original Score: F
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
February 28, 2006
Hungering for more references to the 'Wassup' commercials, Dr. Phil, 'Bling Bling,' The Lord Of The Rings, MC Hammer, or The Matrix? Don't worry, Doogal contains nods to all of these.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
February 27, 2006
It's a movie that scrounges so desperately for laughs, it features both a flatulent moose and a flatulent train.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
February 27, 2006
It's easily the worst kid's movie since Spy Kids 3-D, a confusing blur of a magical quest based on an ancient British stop-motion animation TV show.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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John Anderson
Newsday
February 27, 2006
Doogal has a few moments of wit, but they're largely lost thanks to inconsistent direction and an uncertainty about who or what the movie is for.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
February 27, 2006
The titular canine hero has all the appeal of a talking bathmat. The animation is ugly, and the American re-write -- which, in typical Hollywood fashion, confuses topicality with humor, as if simply namedropping is enough -- adds nothing.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Ned Martel
New York Times
February 27, 2006
In Doogal, setting the world right again involves a badly paced quest for three diamonds, assorted jokes that don't land, and a daringly incoherent climactic confrontation.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
February 27, 2006
Doogal is an exceeding lame animated feature about a bunch of kids trapped on a magical carousel -- but it's adults forced to sit through this slow-moving, G-rated Lord of the Rings knockoff who will be begging for mercy.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
February 27, 2006
A dreadful animated movie stuffed with bad puns and little internal logic.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Mark Olsen
L.A. Weekly
February 27, 2006
The story, dialogue and animation here really are for-kids-only.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
February 27, 2006
Eighty-five minutes you'll never get back.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Louise Kennedy
Boston Globe
February 27, 2006
If we keep saying, 'Yeah, it's lousy, but there's so much worse stuff out there,' and we keep sighing, rolling our eyes, and going anyway, we'll keep getting slapdash, manipulative product like this. Kids deserve better. So do dogs.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
February 24, 2006
Something tells me that the original dialogue, replaced here by references to M.C. Hammer and The Shining, would have added a little to the movie's limited charms.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
February 24, 2006
The key frame animation, based on three-dimensional models, is rudimentary, with none of the characters proving visually arresting.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
February 24, 2006
In attempting to turn a tiny Anglo-Franco amusement into a full-blown Yankee extravaganza, The Weinstein Co. has managed to choke every last bit of charm out of the characters and their setting, no mean feat for a show this enchanting.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4