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Underdog (2007)



Average Rating: 4/10
Reviews Counted: 70
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 59

Underdog is a mostly forgettable adaptation that relies far too heavily on recycled material and sloppy production.


Average Rating: 4.1/10
Critic Reviews: 19
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 14

Underdog is a mostly forgettable adaptation that relies far too heavily on recycled material and sloppy production.



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Bestowed with superpowers when a lab experiment goes unexpectedly awry, an average beagle becomes the savior of Capitol City as everyone's favorite canine do-gooder embarks on his first-ever live-action adventure. The maniacal Dr. Simon Barsinister (Peter Dinklage) was on the verge of a revolutionary discovery when a sudden mishap gave birth to Underdog (voice of Jason Lee). Not only can this remarkable mutt now leap tall buildings in a single bound, be he can let his "best friend" know

Dec 18, 2007


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All Critics (73) | Top Critics (19) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (59) | DVD (18)

The endearing airborne-beagle effects help to offset the formula twists.

August 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Comment (1)
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After a lovably dopey prologue culled from the TV cartoon, this live-action adaptation gets down to the business of entertaining tweens, earnestly and nonironically.

August 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
Time Out New York
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It's a harmless bore.

August 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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The lackluster story connects the clichés but leaves the characters isolated. Underdog may have been originally created to sell cereal for General Mills, but this latest incarnation couldn't sell Frisbees at a dog park.

August 6, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Underdog is made for the Saturday morning TV crowd, and parents who lead their tykes to this adventure aren't likely to leave disappointed.

August 6, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Comment (1)
New York Daily News
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The TV show was mildly subversive, with humor that children and adults could enjoy on different levels, but the movie strives for a blander, family-oriented middle ground.

August 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Underdog as a film is not totally worthless. It's a winner with kids, as is anything with a talking dog.

August 17, 2008 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

Underdog works best when spoofing superhero conventions, but the film goes to the dogs thanks to a drab story and frequent stabs at heartwarming bromides.

July 23, 2008 Full Review Source: Screendaily

The essential cartooniness of the plot and the gags works against the rather lame attempt to lather on a message about reconciliation between father and son.

July 16, 2008 Full Review Source: ESplatter

While this idea may have been enough to happily fill 25 minutes, the film version fails to effectively stretch it out to feature-length.

May 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

Call me a kid at heart, but Underdog is the cutest doggone fantasy.

February 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

At just over 80 minutes it feels not so much like a proper film as a piece of extended filler for slow afternoons on Disney's TV channels.

February 5, 2008 Full Review Source: BBC affable, sporadically entertaining piece of work that's ultimately undone by its emphasis on relentlessly silly elements...

February 4, 2008 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Despite the talent on show, there's little to distinguish this from any other bland family comedy.

February 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

An ill-conceived and often irritating bout of Children's film fare...

January 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Disney's charmless live-action resurrection of the beloved super-mutt [is] just a bunch of mercenary actors and technicians who can barely disguise their contempt for the film's screenplay

January 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

...rather dull and uninspired, lacking in imagination or humorous spark.

December 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

A boring and uninspiring adaptation that lacks action and suffers from mostly static characters, Peter Dinklage as the nefarious Dr. Simon Barsinister being the notable exception.

December 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Movie Views

par for the course in a town that sees every old idea as something waiting to be deconstructed, reinvented, or reimagined.

December 17, 2007 Full Review Source:

Not too many new tricks left for the old Underdog.

October 31, 2007 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

There's no need to fear. "Underdog" brings cheer.

August 29, 2007 Full Review | Comments (2)
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

The tag line is simply brilliant, but that's about the only thing remotely associated with this film that would classify as such.

August 19, 2007 Full Review Source:

The elements of the film don't quite mesh: The villains are cartoony, but [director] Du Chau aims for soggy family drama in his father-son story.

August 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

The film is a smug and contemptuous mess from beginning to end that is likely to bore little kids and aggravate any adult still holding fond memories of the character from their own childhoods.

August 10, 2007 Full Review Source:

An underachiever.

August 10, 2007
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

A very bad dog of a movie.

August 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

Audience Reviews for Underdog

Compared to the charming little cartoons of the 60's, this is a horrible and unnecessary live action version. However, I like dogs and I like this Dog especially. It's a shame about the humans really, although Patrick Warburton is good, Peter Dinklage hams it up a bit too much and James Belushi displays none of the humour or likability that I'm sure got him hired in the first place. I don't blame the actors though, I blame the direction and the awful script. I'm not sure Jason Lee was the best choice for the voice of Underdog either, I kept thinking My Name is Earl throughout the entire film. For what its worth, there are far worse Doggy films out there.
January 25, 2013

Super Reviewer

*See my review of SKY HIGH for information about why Disney should not make a superhero film and market it with the corporation's name written all over it. That's not to say that UNDERDOG was terribly awful, as was the previously mentioned film; it just wasn't good, and it was more like a colorful, cartoony, kiddie, wannabe superhero film. In other words, I'm personally letting Disney slide for this once, given that there were maybe one or two scenes that were remotely enjoyable.
September 27, 2011

Super Reviewer

its not one of the best films ive seen but its entertaining and stays faithful to the original show somewhat. Jason Lee does a good job as Underdog, but the other actors aren't very good or as entertaining except for Patrick Warburton as the dumb right hand man to Simon Bart Sinister, its such a stupid character but the jokes are so forced with this character that it is funny. I'll say it is definitely not a good film for the regular male adult or teenage demographic, but if you have a little girl, its okay.
August 2, 2011
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Unfortunately, I was forced to watch this movie with 6 year olds. I found the plot boring and uninteresting. I day-dreamed throughout the entire movie. The dog was cute, but the film really didn't impress me.
August 5, 2010
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    1. Underdog: This is why dogs bite people.
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