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Marmaduke (2010)

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9

Average Rating: 3.2/10
Reviews Counted: 99
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 90

Dull and unfunny, Marmaduke offers family filmgoers little more than another round of talking animals and scatological humor.

9

Average Rating: 3.5/10
Critic Reviews: 23
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 21

Dull and unfunny, Marmaduke offers family filmgoers little more than another round of talking animals and scatological humor.

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When advertising exec Phil Winslow (Lee Pace) gets an offer to head the account for a California-based dog-food company, he uproots his wife (($Judy Greer}), three kids, and their beloved Great Dane, Marmaduke (voiced by Owen Wilson), from Kansas to the Sunshine State. Once there, the big canine befriends a group of mutts at the local dog park, but after a surfing competition brings Marmaduke celebrity, he turns his back on his new pals. Eventually, a disaster helps the oversized hound and Phil

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Comedy, Kids & Family

Vince DiMeglio, Tim Rasmussen

Aug 31, 2010

$33.6M

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Truly a milquetoast Scooby Snack for pet-friendly families who thrill to computer-generated mouth movements on real-life four-legged critters.

June 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
Time Out New York
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I had a Scooby-Doo nightmare flashback.

June 7, 2010 Full Review Source: At the Movies | Comments (3)
At the Movies
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This movie is one big dog.

June 7, 2010 Full Review Source: At the Movies
At the Movies
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Scripters Tim Rasmussen and Vince Di Meglio have cobbled together a plot from bits and pieces of other family-friendly pics.

June 4, 2010 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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Brad Anderson's long-running saga of the melty-looking Winslow family and the gangling, interfering Great Dane that should've been put to sleep ages ago gets a film treatment.

June 4, 2010 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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This is another opus to take that small, well-trodden step from the funny pages to the big screen. But we're in live-action territory here, meaning that real people actors compete for camera time with real dog actors.

June 4, 2010 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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a gross mis-use of CGI animals

January 19, 2014 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

full review at Movies for the Masses

September 11, 2010 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

Marmaduke sinks to Beverly Hills Chihuahua levels of awfulness and only reaffirms that talking animals aren't funny -- they're boring.

September 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Bullz-Eye.com
Bullz-Eye.com

Spectacularly sentimental, full of ridiculous computer-animated action, and makes sure its animals are a good deal less pallid than the humans on view.

August 26, 2010 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

There is only so much fun you can have with a talking dog and Marmaduke quickly exhausts the possibilities.

August 23, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

Better than Cats & Dogs, but praise hardly comes much lower.

August 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Fans of the single-panel cartoon that has run in newspapers since the 1950s will find plenty to disappoint them in this live-action adaptation.

August 20, 2010 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

The incoherent, moralising script demeans a number of actors, including William H. Macy, Judy Greer and David Walliams, reduced by a kindly editor to an ineffective cameo.

August 20, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]
Daily Mail [UK]

Dogs may be for life but the memory of this film will last about 20 seconds.

August 20, 2010
Little White Lies

Oh dear.

August 20, 2010 Full Review Source: Independent
Independent

Mirthless family romp that hits all the lowest comedy dominators.

August 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Once upon a time, there was a promising young acting talent who went by the name of Owen Wilson.

August 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Generally has its heart in the right place, there's some good slapstick and you have to admire the patience of filmmakers who are prepared to work with this many animals on one set.

August 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Birmingham Post
Birmingham Post

Although comfortably under 90 minutes, Marmaduke is an epic chore to sit through.

August 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

With his eyes goggling and his gob smudging all over the place, he looks like a haunted painting.

August 19, 2010 Full Review Source: News of the World
News of the World

Never veers from The Hollywood Guide To Mid-Budget Family Fare.

August 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

While not quite as bad as it could have been, this is very much Hollywood-schmaltz-by-numbers.

August 19, 2010 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

You could do worse with young kids, and they'll romp along with Marmaduke's throwaway adventures, it's just there's much better stuff out there that will entertain viewers above the age of 10 too.

August 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Fan The Fire
Fan The Fire

It's as if Pixar never happened.

August 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Scotsman

The novelty quickly fades since -- you guessed it -- the story's just not there.

August 13, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

Audience Reviews for Marmaduke

The comic strip character of Marmaduke wasn't exactly calling for a motion picture. But give a film a recognisable name and you can sell anything. Marmaduke follows the adventures of a dog and his family as they move from Kansas to California. The dog is a little prick. He purposefully causes problems, such as ruining the house, hurting people, and making a mess. He enjoys acting this way. He breaks the fourth wall and talks to us but we don't care. I don't want to hear from him. He sucks. Early on Marmaduke farts and says he is juvenile. That's the film in a nutshell. It's filled with a voice cast hoping they wont be recognised and that you'll leave before the end credits. Obviously Wilson and Sutherland are unmistakeable, but I think the rest should be named and shamed. Steve Coogan, Emma Stone, Christopher Mintz-Plasse. Hand your heads. As Marmaduke and co go on a series of adventures, in one of which Marmaduke turns into a raging racist and starts hating on half-breeds. Unfortunately he doesn't go the way of Voldemort. Meanwhile the humans are involved in a very dull plot involving marketing for an organic pet food company. Pace plays the kind of father who is constantly beaten down. His family would rather he risk his job and look for their dog instead of going to an important meeting. The comedy is atrocious. I keep hearing the argument that this is for kids. Then why does it reference dozens of adult films? Almost Famous, Midnight Cowboy, The Elephant Man. These are just a few stolen lines that make no damn sense at all. There's also two drug references. This is really scraping the bottom of the barrel, with outdated and simplified lessons on life, and a sudden climax involving a road collapsing. It was horrible.
July 5, 2012
kiriyamakazou

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Lets be basic, terrible.
March 24, 2012
scottgreen96

Super Reviewer

I love the Marmaduke comic strip. My Grandma used to cut it out of the paper every day and we would read them together. This film does resemble that comic strip in the slightest. Not a surprise, if fact, I sat down to watch this film with the understanding that it is a modern interpretation of the character, I was fine with that and so I wasn't too surprised or upset when it turned out to be a rubbish film. However, I had no idea just how awful it was and so I still got a little bit upset. After so many terrible talking animal films, there really isn't an excuse, the filmmakers should have at least got something right! People have stated that this one is purely for the kids, well I disagree. My kids will never be allowed to watch this bile, I'd rather they watched the Saw movies to be honest. It's incredibly preachy, it's moral stories are convoluted and contradictory and the humanising of the animals is just horrid. Dogs are quite fun as dogs, they don't need to surf/dance/date/copy every 'teen' film made in the last 40 years for us to enjoy them! Avoid this film at all costs, unless you're the kind of person that thinks cutting a dogs tail off and sticking lolly sticks in its ears is acceptable and 'cute', then you will probably like it. You bastard.
May 24, 2011
SirPant

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about as good as a movie about talking dogs can be:-)
December 31, 2010
Everett Johnson

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    1. Marmaduke: I will find China!
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