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Marley & Me (2008)



Average Rating: 6/10
Reviews Counted: 137
Fresh: 87 | Rotten: 50

Pet owners should love it, but Marley and Me is only sporadically successful in wringing drama and laughs from its scenario.


Average Rating: 5.8/10
Critic Reviews: 40
Fresh: 21 | Rotten: 19

Pet owners should love it, but Marley and Me is only sporadically successful in wringing drama and laughs from its scenario.



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As the snow falls on their wedding night, newlyweds John and Jenny Grogan decide to leave behind the harsh winters of Michigan and head south to begin their new lives in West Palm Beach, Fla. They obtain jobs as journalists at competing local newspapers, buy their first home, and begin to make their way through the challenges of a new marriage, new careers and, possibly, the life-changing decision to start a family. Unsure of his preparedness for raising children, John confesses his fears to his



Scott Frank, Don Roos

Mar 31, 2009


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Evidently contrived and something of an ungainly hybrid, the film shares its canine protagonist's facility for wearing down your resistance.

March 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The dog -- or the many dogs who play Marley through the years -- also delivers some of the funniest scenes.

December 29, 2008 Full Review Source: At the Movies | Comment (1)
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I think this movie works because of the relationship on screen between Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston.

December 29, 2008 Full Review Source: At the Movies | Comments (4)
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Not every book has a movie lurking in it.

December 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Frankel turns the camera toward the canines as frequently as possible, but too often we're stuck with Wilson and Aniston's bland characters. You wonder if it might have been better to let sleeping dogs lie.

December 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Comments (2)
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The movie is ultimately less about the pain of loss than about the way families often take shape around a pet.

December 29, 2008 Full Review Source:
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Save some time; stay at home and think of your dead pets instead.

September 29, 2012 Full Review Source:

It's shaggy and scattered, but give Marley a biscuit for its realistic depiction of how powerful can be the bond between dogs and their "people."

September 28, 2011 Full Review Source: American Profile
American Profile

If you like the Lassie films, or even Beethoven and Old Yeller, you'll probably find this one easy to like.

January 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Although billed as a romantic comedy, this film is neither: it's a drama spanning about two decades in a marriage

July 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

I'm fairly sure that the book and the film shared a common goal -- to make its audience sit, stay, laugh, cry, then move on -- and at those modest aspirations, the movie succeeds.

December 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinematical

It left me crying like a five year old...

July 5, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed | Comment (1)
Cinema Crazed

Even dog skeptics might be surprised how deftly Marley & Me adapts newspaper columnist John Grogan's book...into the equivalent of a kid's movie for adults. [Blu-ray]

April 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

Sometimes, and especially on a crummy afternoon in the middle of March, it's nice to be able to switch off and settle down to enjoying the sight of middle-class families eating well and playing together in sprawling, bucolic gardens.

April 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

...the strength of the finale effectively elevates everything that preceded it...

April 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Comment (1)
Reel Film Reviews

Marley & Me is a film of moments and many of them are cute. For anyone who has ever had a dog or a close pet, there's bound to be some connection.

April 10, 2009 Full Review Source: Movie Views

The conclusion transforms at least this part of the film from sappy romance to beautifully authentic meditation on life, death and a family's love for its long-time loyal dog.

April 8, 2009 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

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March 22, 2009 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses | Comment (1)
Movies for the Masses

Directed with admirable sensitivity and spot-on populist instincts...

March 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

It is a very positive film, so it won't appeal to cynics, but it should appeal to just about everyone else.

March 15, 2009 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

The idea that this screen dog is so cute and lovable that everything ripped, chewed, swallowed or destroyed can merely be replaced and ignored is more out of a Stephen King reality than the world as we know it.

March 15, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Signals | Comments (8)
Cinema Signals

In the cinema, all of us tough, cynical critics had tears welling in our eyes, swallowing hard; our lips, so often curled in a cheap sneer, were now trembling, because of the same desperately sad thought: "Owen Wilson used to be really good..."

March 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Guardian | Comments (6)

There is something wildly odd about a film that measures human happiness with the whims of a dog.

March 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Times [UK] | Comments (8)
Times [UK]

There's much more to this than just the cute dog.

March 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Film4

My Dog Skip for people in mid-life crises, it's too talky and trouble-laden for tykes but will doubtless prove as critic-proof to dog-lovers and the stars' fans as it did in the US.

March 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
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Audience Reviews for Marley & Me

Comedy about a couple who get a dog that takes over their lives. I like the storyline as it is realistic and believable about how life isn't always how you planned it to be but somehow you get through the highs and lows. Good performances from Jen and Owen. The ending is very sad - be warned.
November 4, 2012
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At first glance this is a soft fluffy rom-com that offers little more than the usual bent nose of Wilson and Aniston trying her best to ditch her 'Friends' persona.

To this extend it is just that...Wilson is a poor actor and not funny whilst Aniston is another poor actress who also isn't funny and is still like Rachel from Friends haha (doing rom-coms wont help her acting career).

The film is a gentle comedy with romantic issues hehe and is based around the owning of a dog and the main characters ensuing lives with the dog. Its not original but it is a swing which you don't really see coming as you assume its just another stupid 'beethoven' film. It is touching and made well but the main casting is poor and it shows, could of been quite good with a better leading duo.
February 9, 2012

Super Reviewer

Hands up! I admit it, I actually liked this film, like so many people told me I would. Much more of a film about family struggles, than the soppy puppy story I thought it was going to be.
February 4, 2012

Super Reviewer

Strong entertaining performances from the cast (including the dogs) and an emotional touch turn it's typical comedic premise into a touching memorable drama. Marley and Me isn't one of those charming yet depressing films in which the message's conveyed stay with you forever. It's one of those ones where your sad in the cinema and then the next day forget all about it. A lot of pet dog movies are like this one, but this one is faithful to a true story and will always stand as a quality family film.
January 29, 2012
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    1. Jenny Grogan: Marley's not allowed to drink out of the toilet, you should just keep him out of the bathroom in general.
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    1. Arnie Klein: Sometimes life has a better idea.
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