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Turner and Hooch

Turner and Hooch (1989)

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Average Rating: 0/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 4

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One by-product of two consecutive Oscar wins is that Tom Hanks no longer has to appear in such potboilers as Turner and Hooch. Hanks plays Turner, a meticulously groomed, excruciatingly well-organized detective working in a small California coastal town. When local "character" Amos Reed (John McIntire) is murdered by drug smugglers, the only witness is Reed's slobbery, smelly mutt, Hooch. You're way ahead of us, folks: Turner, who despises dogs in general and Hooch in particular, is compelled to

PG,

Mystery & Suspense, Comedy

Daniel Petrie

Apr 2, 2002

Buena Vista Pictures

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The rather mechanical style of director Roger Spottiwoode (who took over the film after original director Henry Winkler departed) fails to enliven the stereotypical criminal proceedings.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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From the moment when Hooch first appears to the strains of Strauss' 'Also sprach Zarathustra', the gags can be smelt a mile off, and the thriller elements are as hackneyed as an episode of Murder She Wrote.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The one level on which this mild children's comedy works is as an extended gross joke for 8-year-olds.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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If there's a new hair in this dogeared dramedy, it would take a bloodhound to sniff it out.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Hanks, who can even grace a film such as "The 'Burbs," is always a movie's best friend.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Dog-buddy comedy has lots of slobber and some violence.

August 26, 2014 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

I laughed heartily with the film, but I almost went cross-eyed trying to consider what the hell this script actually contained before Disney, five screenwriters, and two directors tore it apart.

August 26, 2009 Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com
BrianOrndorf.com

So-so little comedy that's better than you'd think.

October 31, 2004
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Cute dog 'n' guy comedy

October 23, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

Silly, early-Hanks fun

June 4, 2004
Reel.com

Hanks is great. A nice mix of laughs and tears

November 18, 2003
Moviehole

A dumb idea that winds up being an entertaining buddy picture

August 15, 2003
Lawrence Journal-World

...[the ending] feels out of place and out of synch with the rest of the movie.

August 1, 2003 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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The beginning of the end for Hanks as a comedian -- dig it for that, but don't be too kind.

February 3, 2003
New Times

Proof of the W.C. Fields adage that you should never work with animals or children.

January 12, 2003
Flipside Movie Emporium

Anything with a dog is great, but this one steals the show.

October 12, 2002
Zap2it.com

The film doesn't know whether it wants to be a cutesy comedy or a thriller, as it revolves around a murder/drug money plot.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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Audience Reviews for Turner and Hooch

Another one cop and his dog story. Better than K-9 but not exactly the dogs bollocks!
September 28, 2009
SirPant

Super Reviewer

"This is not your room."

I remember some of these caninecop movies from the 80's. This one was probably the best of the bunch. The film also features a young Tom Hanks, who wasn't at that time a big star. That would happen after some years...

The film starts as a typical 80's cop movie with a saxophone tune on the background when the lead character is being introduced. It's immediately obvious that Hanks' character is a good, not your typical cop who is something of a neat freak.

The first time Hooch, a super drooler mastiff, was introduced, I became instantly infatuated with the dog. It looked somewhat of a Predator on four legs. The slow motion sequence, with its snout going all over... Excellent.

The story is a typical cop movie that has its moments but most of the movie concentrates on the building relationship between Turner and Hooch. Tom Hanks shows his comedic talents but most of the scenes are robbed by the dog. The scene where he shows the house to the dog, the stakeout scene, the end scene. All of these scenes were perfect examples on how a good dog 'actor' can make an average movie worth a look. Some scenes, especially in the end may give tears of laughter and sadness to all who admire these cute furry pooches.

As an end statement, I must confess that I'm a dog owner. I just love these "man's best friend's". I've always had dogs and I can understand the reactions of Hanks character, that occurred throughout the movie. You simply can't find a more trust worthy animal.
May 22, 2009
TheMachinist

Super Reviewer

Funny movie about a cop and his side kick dog called Hooch, whom he needs to help him identify a murderer.
December 7, 2008
thmtsang
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    1. Scott Turner: (closing line) This is not your room!
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