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The Shaggy Dog (2006)



Average Rating: 4.4/10
Reviews Counted: 102
Fresh: 27 | Rotten: 75

This Disney retread has neither inspiration nor originality, but may please moviegoers under the age of ten.


Average Rating: 4.8/10
Critic Reviews: 33
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 22

This Disney retread has neither inspiration nor originality, but may please moviegoers under the age of ten.



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An unexpected transformation helps a workaholic attorney learn that there's more to life than the courtroom in this remake of the 1959 Disney canine classic of the same name. Deputy District Attorney Dave Douglas (Tim Allen) takes his job in the halls of justice very seriously -- so seriously in fact that his wife and family see considerably less of their frequently-absent husband and father than they would prefer. When a case involving an animal laboratory finds the distracted dad once again

Aug 1, 2006


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We've seen it a million times.

March 16, 2006 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
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Disney's tried-and-true slapstick material (est. 1959) is here given a heinously unimaginative interpretation by five screenwriters and a director who manages to squander the gifts of an absurdly overqualified supporting cast.

March 10, 2006 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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The unruly pack of subplots make The Shaggy Dog much more convoluted than it needs to be.

March 10, 2006 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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The Shaggy Dog may not make you howl, but it does offer a few bona fide belly laughs, which is more than the last few Tim Allen movies could boast.

March 10, 2006 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today
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This is a classic family fun fare, likely destined for sequelhood.

March 10, 2006 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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Director Brian Robbins keeps the special effects and animatronics to a minimum, relying more often than not on real (albeit trained) dogs. That extra bit of authenticity is refreshing.

March 10, 2006 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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A surprisingly touching family comedy with real emotion.

February 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

full review in Greek

October 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

A good-natured, sometimes silly family fun that will play especially well with the under-13 set.

September 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Christianity Today
Christianity Today

...better than one might've expected, primarily due to the enthusiasm with which Allen tackles his role...

August 19, 2006 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

At least Fred MacMurray had the good sense to let the co-star playing his son turn into a dog. But this is a Tim Allen picture, so he does the honors himself.

July 28, 2006 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

The film just translates the basic idea for a new generation under the ill-conceived notion that it was necessary.

June 12, 2006 Full Review
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)

Five writers (Cormac Wibberley, Marianne Wibberley, Geoff Rodkey, Jack Amiel and Michael Begler) threw everything they could think of against the wall, hoping some of it would stick, but nothing did.

May 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

It's an underestimation of the intelligence of your average eight year old to believe his or her rapt attention can be held for long by a film like this.

May 4, 2006 Full Review Source:

Man becomes mutt in this inoffensive, uneven comedy that fails to make the most of its comic potential or familiar cast.

March 31, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Bizarre, incomprehensible and utterly unnecessary, "The Shaggy Dog" comes bounding onto the screen with a loud soundtrack, a cute pooch, vivid colors and dozens of product placements.

March 30, 2006 Full Review
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

The plot may sound stupid, but it's tightly written and it pushes all the right emotional buttons.

March 30, 2006 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

A flea-bitten farrago which bears only a fleeting resemblance to the 1959 film that inspired it.

March 28, 2006 Full Review Source:

The Shaggy Dog feels like little more than a stale rehash with a promising cast whose talents haven't been tapped.

March 28, 2006 Full Review Source: Premiere Magazine
Premiere Magazine

The Shaggy Dog, another tired retread from Disney, is so aggressively unfunny it should just roll over and play dead. Come on, guys, do something original for once.

March 27, 2006 Full Review Source:

There are precious few surprises here, but parents will find director Robbins' breezy remake a painless affair and, judging by the yowls of laughter from the peanut gallery at the screening I attended, the kids will be barking all the way home.

March 18, 2006 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Just when Allen is on a ferociously funny roll, director Brian Robbins is forced to collar and replace him with a collie doing a lame impersonation of a human.

March 17, 2006 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

Coal, the Bearded Collie playing Shaggy, upstages everyone in this amusing update of a Disney classic.

March 17, 2006 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

You'll be sorry if you bring your kids.

March 16, 2006 Full Review
Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)

Allen is given far too many opportunities to grotesquely ham it up -- for his next film, how about a nice, quiet role as a corpse?

March 16, 2006 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

Audience Reviews for The Shaggy Dog

Robert Downey Jr. was good in this.
February 14, 2012
Liam Gadd

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August 12, 2011

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Not that great, a good family film at best.
June 23, 2011
Bethany Murphy

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