Critics Consensus

Though Lillard is uncannily spot-on as Shaggy, Scooby Doo is a tired live-action update, filled with lame jokes.



Total Count: 144


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User Ratings: 408,542
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The long-running cartoon from William Hanna and Joseph Barbera that began life in 1969 as Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? becomes this live-action, tongue-in-cheek comedy-adventure featuring a computer-generated version of the easily frightened, mush-mouthed Great Dane. Freddie Prinze Jr. stars as Fred, the blonde, confident, ascot-sporting leader of Mystery Inc., a ghost-busting service that exposes phony supernatural phenomena as the work of shysters. Working with Fred are: his rich, beautiful girlfriend, Daphne (Sarah Michelle Gellar), who has a bad habit of getting kidnapped by villains; Velma (Linda Cardellini), the real brains of the group who pines secretly for Fred; cowardly slacker and dog's best friend Shaggy (Matthew Lillard); and the snack-gobbling pet pooch Scooby. However, after solving its latest case involving a beleaguered toy company owner (Pamela Anderson), the group fractures over Fred's habit of grabbing credit for everyone's hard work, despite the pleas of Shaggy and Scooby. Two years later, they are reunited at Spooky Island, a theme park and teen spring break destination that owner Emile Mondavarious (Rowan Atkinson) claims is plagued with ghosts. Suspicious as usual of any claims involving the paranormal, the Mystery Inc. clan is soon probing a scheme involving ancient rites, summoned spirits, and brainwashed college students, forcing the group members to resolve their differences and uncover the truth. Directed by Chris Columbus protégé Raja Gosnell, Scooby-Doo features the voice of Scott Innes as the title character. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

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Neil Fanning
as Scooby-Doo
Scott Innes
as Scrappy
J.P. Manoux
as Scrappy Rex
Rowan Atkinson
as Mondavarious
Stephen Grives
as N'Goo Tuana
Isla Fisher
as Mary Jane
Miguel A. Núñez Jr.
as Voodoo Maestro
Steven Grives
as N'Goo Tuana
Sam Greco
as Zarkos
Charles Cousins
as Velma's Friend
Nicholas Hope
as Old Man Smithers
Murphy Karges
as Sugar Ray
Mark McGrath
as Sugar Ray
Rodney Sheppard
as Sugar Ray
Chris Cruickshanks
as Tiny Henchman
Alex Ruiz
as Reporter #1
Sheryl Benko
as Reporter #2
Rio Nugara
as Island Emissary
David Vallon
as Bartender Dead Mike's
Troy MacKinder
as Guy In The Vat
Holly Brisley
as Training Video Woman
Robert Diaz Leroy
as Training Video Guy #1
Remi Broadway
as Training Video Guy #2
Martin Broome
as Melvin Doo
Jonathan Coffey
as Fitzgibbon
Michael Caffrey
as Coast Guard #2
Kyas Sherriff
as Airport Attendant
Celeste Gosnell
as Airport Family
Bradley Gosnell
as Airport Family
Cayley Gosnell
as Airport Family
Audrey Gosnell
as Airport Family
Kurt Duval
as Spooky Hotel Bartender
Janis McGavin
as Co-Ed Hottie
Emily Gosnell
as Autograph Seeker
Marea Lambert Barker
as Autograph Seeker
Kym Jackson
as Autograph Seeker
Danielle Starkey
as Autograph Seeker
Andrew Bryniarski
as Cavern Henchman
Keith Bullock
as Henchman #2
Jess Harnell
as Creature
Frank Welker
as Creature
Mark Hodge
as Dancer
Matt Lee
as Dancer
Deon Nuku
as Dancer
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Critic Reviews for Scooby-Doo

All Critics (144) | Top Critics (32)

  • Scooby-Doo knows when to take itself seriously and when to laugh at itself -- even if its audience isn't laughing along at every gag.

    Jul 20, 2002 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The film's effects just don't do the concept justice.

    Jul 2, 2002 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Jamie Russell
    Top Critic
  • The acting is stiff, the story lacks all trace of wit, the sets look like they were borrowed from Gilligan's Island -- and the CGI Scooby might well be the worst special-effects creation of the year.

    Jun 19, 2002
  • As this movie knows what it is, Scooby-Doo's a relatively painless 85 minutes.

    Jun 18, 2002
  • Much funnier than it has any right to be, and filled with just enough inside jokes to please longtime fans of the cartoon franchise.

    Jun 18, 2002 | Rating: 2.5/4

    Joe Leydon

    Top Critic
  • The movie drags, and the occasional bursts of mirth and self-referential humor can't save it from bogging down.

    Jun 18, 2002 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Scooby-Doo

  • Jul 09, 2014
    This live-action Scooby-Doo film is an atrocity beyond imagination. Hanna-Barbera should be ashamed for allowing this garbage to be made. That said, the casting actually isn't that bad (Freddie Prinze Jr. as Fred, Sarah Michelle Gellar as Daphne, Matthew Lillard as Shaggy, etc.), however the performances are piss-poor. But then again, the dialog is terrible. In fact, all of the writing is terrible and betrays everything that the Scooby-Doo cartoon was. Yet, it's the abysmal special effects that damn this film more than anything else. The CGI monsters, and Scooby-Doo himself, stick out like a sore thumb and have hardly any depth or texture to them. A textbook case of bad filmmaking, Scooby-Doo is all kinds of wrong.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 02, 2013
    I must admit that I really enjoyed it, Faithfull to the cartoons and the cast look great, Scooby looks pretty good and I did laugh a few times, Kids will love it, Deserves more credit.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Oct 24, 2012
    It might have a few clever scenes (particularly the haunted house one), but Scooby-Doo is mostly a dull, unfunny, and ugly film that kids will find very gruesome and violent. Overall Rating: 17
    Bradley J Super Reviewer
  • Sep 09, 2012
    A really, really, really bad movie. It was just painful to watch - I feel bad for the actors that agreed to be in this movie. Luckily, for the most part, they've lived past it!
    Sarah P Super Reviewer

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