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Firehouse Dog (2007)



Average Rating: 4.9/10
Reviews Counted: 82
Fresh: 31 | Rotten: 51

Firehouse Dog's cute premise is ruined with endless fart and poop jokes, and an overlong run time.


Average Rating: 4.8/10
Critic Reviews: 29
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 17

Firehouse Dog's cute premise is ruined with endless fart and poop jokes, and an overlong run time.



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Hollywood's hottest canine commodity has gotten hopelessly lost after wandering away from his master, and now the former movie star has become the beacon of hope for a small-town firehouse on the verge of collapse. Rex is the dog that every child in America has fallen in love with. A pompous A-list barker whose list of perks overshadows that of even the most esteemed Hollywood actor, Rex 's fate takes an unexpected turn when a skydiving stunt goes awry and his handlers assume that their

Jul 31, 2007


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It may not set the box office on fire, but this canine caper is more agreeable than your average underdog tale.

July 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Rin Tin Tin would never have okayed a script like this.

April 22, 2007 Full Review Source:
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We're forced to endure plenty of scatological gags and treacly exchanges between Shane and his distant dad as the film imparts an obvious message about the frivolity of stardom.

April 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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To me it doesn't mesh well.

April 9, 2007
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It's harmless enough for young kids, but director Todd Holland seems to have little interest in making anything but a generic, instantly forgettable family-friendly feature.

April 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Firehouse Dog is credited to three writers, but not one of them seems to have a solitary spark of an idea.

April 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
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Firehouse Dog is a run of the mill kids film. Adults will be fairly bored by it, and how many kids like it depends on how much they like goofy animal tricks.

March 22, 2011 Full Review Source:

A quietly moving story about a single Father and his Son. This decent film gets better as you watch it.

January 4, 2008 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Equal parts dog adventure and father-son tale.

October 31, 2007 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

The all sub-plot story is a veritable self-help manual for tweenies-a sort of Se7en for ages seven-and-up-with greed, pride, sloth and envy bested by humility, team work and fair play.

July 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

Breezy, silly and energetic, this canine frolic won't win top prize at Crufts, but it should offer an alternative to Pottered-out parents with young pups to please.

July 20, 2007 Full Review Source: thelondonpaper

Take the kids and have a nap in the dull bits.

July 20, 2007 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Firehouse Dog certainly won't be the hottest thing to hit cinemas this summer.

July 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

The dog is as cute as you'd expect, while Hutcherson gives a characteristically believable performance. Adults may not be quite as enamoured, but Firehouse Dog should keep them awake to the end

July 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

Needs hosing down.

July 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]
Daily Mail [UK]

As well as potty humour, this canine Backdraft has its share of adult moments. Mostly, though, it's family fun, with Hutcherson showing he's the go-to kid for sensitive loners.

July 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

It may sound like cute family entertainment, but the dog's no good - he's unappealing and looks depressed.

July 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

I myself growled and whimpered like an abused canine after a couple of hours of this sub-Lassie silliness, though the film threw me the occasional choc-drop in the form of a gag.

July 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

Todd Holland's film manipulates the prickly issues with scant regard for emotional credibility. The sentimentality is ghastly, but Rex has his moments.

July 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

Welcome emotional gravity.

July 20, 2007 Full Review Source: BBC

No matter how you hose it down, it's always gonna smell of wet dog.

July 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Enjoyable, well made family drama with strong performances, an engaging plot, impressive action sequences and a decent script.

July 19, 2007 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

Neither memorable nor innovative, Firehouse Dog ekes out success by executing a familiar family film formula faithfully.

July 18, 2007 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

The strong performances and sharp dialog more than make up for some corny effects.

July 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Even when the dog is real, he has about as much charisma as a wet sack

April 24, 2007 Full Review Source: Dark Horizons
Dark Horizons

Audience Reviews for Firehouse Dog

I remember this being a pretty good movie, but what I remember most about it is since I saw it, I call burps "mouth farts." LOL! Major brownie points and props for that!
January 14, 2010

Super Reviewer

It may not set the box office on fire, but this canine caper is more agreeable than your average underdog tale.
November 25, 2007

Super Reviewer

It was a good movie, totally for kids but to be honest I enjoy it very much.
The story about an actor dog who get lost and found by sa kid son of a fireman. I think it was original, interesting, with some funny mometns, also with good action scenes, even with some mystery.
The plot convinces me and I think it was well developed.
A good cast with good performances from everyone, specially from the dog.
In conclusion, it is the perfect family movie of the season, so enjoyable and entertaining.
September 26, 2007

Super Reviewer

I saw part of it, and it actually was not that bad.
March 2, 2008

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