Marmaduke Reviews

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
January 31, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephen Garrett
Time Out
June 9, 2010
Truly a milquetoast Scooby Snack for pet-friendly families who thrill to computer-generated mouth movements on real-life four-legged critters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Michael Phillips
At the Movies
June 7, 2010
I had a Scooby-Doo nightmare flashback.
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A.O. Scott
At the Movies
June 7, 2010
This movie is one big dog.
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Joe Leydon
Variety
June 4, 2010
Scripters Tim Rasmussen and Vince Di Meglio have cobbled together a plot from bits and pieces of other family-friendly pics.
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Nick Pinkerton
L.A. Weekly
June 4, 2010
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.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
June 4, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Luke Sader
Hollywood Reporter
June 4, 2010
Bland sitcom romp based on the long-running comic strip features wisecracking canines in a beach-set family story.
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Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
June 4, 2010
The dogs are cute -- I'll say that for it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 4, 2010
Kids deserve better. Heck, dogs deserve better.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
June 4, 2010
Like most movies aimed at the kindergarten set, Marmaduke balances its giggly, gross-out gags with a stern moral agenda.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
June 4, 2010
It's a lot of twists and turns for very little reward. But bottom line, will the kids like it? Quite possibly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Adam Markovitz
Entertainment Weekly
June 4, 2010
If the phrase ''From the producer of Garfield'' doesn't scare you off, then step right up.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
June 4, 2010
Lines like "Get your bark on," "Who let the dogs out?" and "Cowabarka" abound. Many of the jokes revolve around excretory functions.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
June 4, 2010
I'm envisioning a sequel that joins together two towering franchises, only with an R rating for excessive gore: Marmaduke Versus Alvin and the Chipmunks, anyone?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
June 4, 2010
Its only redeeming values are an insane dog-surfing competition that feels like a weird dream you may have once had, and a mangy street mongrel whose slobbery lips give perhaps the finest Sam Elliott performance ever. The rest is pure kibble.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Times
June 3, 2010
It's kind of fun. For about five minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
June 3, 2010
Marmaduke is a dog of a film that deserves to be put down.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
June 3, 2010
Even by talking-critter comedy standards, Marmaduke lacks mirth and imagination.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 3, 2010
As talking-dog movies go, Marmaduke makes Beverly Hills Chihuahua look like Up.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
June 3, 2010
When one of the last sounds you hear in a work of family entertainment is a Great Dane passing gas, there's only one conclusion to be drawn. The movie hates your family.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
June 3, 2010
Kids love dogs and fart jokes. The goods are being delivered to the target audience. All others should look away.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 3, 2010
The flea-bitten screenplay seems to have been plucked from the wastebasket of recycled ideas and rewritten by someone whose third language was English -- after Danish and Dog.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 3, 2010
The moment I saw Marmaduke's big drooling lips moving, I knew I was in trouble.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4