• PG, 1 hr. 55 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    David Frankel
    In Theaters:
    Dec 25, 2008 Wide
    On DVD:
    Mar 31, 2009
  • 20th Century Fox

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Marley & Me Reviews

Hank Sartin
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

November 18, 2011
Trevor Johnston
Time Out
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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.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/6

March 13, 2009
Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
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The dog -- or the many dogs who play Marley through the years -- also delivers some of the funniest scenes.

Full Review Source: At the Movies

December 29, 2008
Ben Lyons
At the Movies
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I think this movie works because of the relationship on screen between Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston.

Full Review Source: At the Movies

December 29, 2008
Philip Kennicott
Washington Post
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Not every book has a movie lurking in it.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

December 29, 2008
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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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.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2/4

December 29, 2008
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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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.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

December 29, 2008
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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Though it requires three or four hankies to mop up the mess this sentimental tale leaves behind, the tears feel largely unearned.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C

December 29, 2008
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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David Frankel adapts John Grogan's sentimental bestseller with no artistic pretensions beyond alternately making you feel like your heart is caving in, then injecting you with a gigantic syringe of good cheer.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

December 29, 2008
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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It's a film guaranteed to appeal to tender-hearted pet lovers. But the movie, which was largely filmed in Miami and Fort Lauderdale, turns out to be less about dogs than it is about one man's trajectory through adulthood.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

December 29, 2008
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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When the story lags -- and it does more than a few times -- there is Alan Arkin as Grogan's crusty editor Arnie Klein to help things along.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

December 29, 2008
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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The production manages, against heavy odds, to make its canine star an incorrigible bore. The problem is bad parenting.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

December 29, 2008
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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Marley & Me turns out to be the best -- and truest -- film about humans and our animals to arrive onscreen in a dog's age.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 4/4

December 29, 2008
Joy Tipping
Dallas Morning News
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Marley, of course, steals every scene he's in, which is most of them.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B+

December 29, 2008
Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
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Doesn't consistently capture the book's personable tone.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

December 29, 2008
Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
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Director David Frankel gives the movie the aw-shucks feeling of a sitcom with a large sentimental streak.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

December 29, 2008
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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It should come as no surprise that when you team Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston with a Labrador retriever, you get a bundle of blond fluff.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 25, 2008
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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At the end of Marley & Me you don't leave the theater with a sense that anything much has been learned, only that a fixture in the Grogans' comfortable suburban lives has been removed.

| Original Score: 2/5

December 25, 2008
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Marley's misadventures play like a TV movie, never reaching the heights of such endearing canine-centered films as 2000's My Dog Skip.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2/4

December 24, 2008
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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You should bring lots of Kleenex with you. It might just come in handy.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

December 24, 2008
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Want to see a grown man cry? Take him to Marley & Me.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

December 24, 2008
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Marley boasts animal magnetism.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

December 24, 2008
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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I thought the first three-quarters of it about as engrossing as a Puppy Chow commercial, and the last quarter pretty depressing. But that's chiefly because it only made me think of my own dogs.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 24, 2008
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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I said to Lady, "It's a labra-bore"/She said, "Scout, you overpraise."

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

December 24, 2008
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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If characters talking to dogs and dog reaction shots are some of your favorite things, add some stars to this review.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/5

December 24, 2008
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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A dog movie that isn't a dog of a movie -- what a pleasant Christmas surprise.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

December 24, 2008
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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A disarmingly enjoyable, wholehearted comic vision of the happy messiness of family life.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A-

December 24, 2008
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Marley & Me is everything you could want in a holiday movie -- family friendly, touching, funny. Plus, it's surprisingly intelligent and real. It may be the best family film of the year.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: A-

December 24, 2008
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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When Marley is not on the screen, Wilson and Aniston demonstrate why they are gifted comic actors. They have a relationship that's not too sitcomish, not too sentimental, mostly smart and realistic.

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

December 24, 2008
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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The movie never captures the crucial leap that made the book a hit. It's never Marley & Us.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 24, 2008
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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Need a shortcut to manipulate an audience's emotions? Always go with the dog.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 2/5

December 24, 2008
Jessica Reaves
Chicago Tribune
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The book, like the movie it inspired, is a sweet, surprisingly moving chronicle of a young couple's struggle to simultaneously build a family, advance their careers and maintain their sanity.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

December 24, 2008
Jim Ridley
Village Voice
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Marley & Me proves how lifeless Lady and the Tramp would have been if told from the p.o.v. of Jim Dear and Darling.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

December 23, 2008
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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The book has been known to make grown men weep. But seeing the movie, you can't help but feel had.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2/5

December 23, 2008
Linda Winer
Newsday
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The nonthreatening adorableness of Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson is no match for the emotional range of Marley.

Full Review Source: Newsday

December 23, 2008
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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Here, there's no great momentum, just a long, flat arc toward the inevitable.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

December 22, 2008
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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Seldom does a studio release feature so little drama -- and not much comedy either, other than when the dog clowns around.

December 22, 2008
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Watching the stars try to out-cutesy the mutt is one for the puke bucket.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 1.5/4

December 22, 2008
Todd McCarthy
Variety
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This perky, episodic film is as broad and obvious as it could be, but delivers on its own terms thanks to sparky chemistry between its sunny blond stars, Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston, and the unabashed emotion-milking of the final reel.

Full Review Source: Variety

December 22, 2008
Hank Sartin
Time Out New York
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Marley & Me strikes a surprisingly delicate balance between wacky humor and a more heartfelt look at how a dog, even a badly behaved one, becomes part of the family.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/6

December 17, 2008
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