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Benji - Off the Leash

Benji - Off the Leash (2004)

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Average Rating: 5.2/10
Critic Reviews: 17
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 11

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Directed by Joe Camp, Benji: Off the Leash! follows the plight of three underdogs: Benji, who is literally a dog; the funny but none-too-bright Sheldon; and Colby, a 14-year-old facing some real problems. The unlikely trio is brought together by the nefarious efforts of an ill-intentioned puppy breeder who wants to use Benji's mother in an irresponsible backyard puppy mill. The film serves as a prequel of sorts to the Benji franchise, and features Chris Kendrick, Nick Whitaker, Duane Stephens,

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Drama, Kids & Family

Joe Camp

Dec 28, 2004

$3.6M

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All Critics (49) | Top Critics (20) | Fresh (14) | Rotten (29)

A mildly pleasant, aggressively retro kidpic that should please undemanding moppets without unduly boring their parents.

August 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Variety
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All the Benji productions have had a high corn content, but in this one, even the corn is cheap.

August 20, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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The overall unevenness of tone is the movie's biggest flaw, but the slo-mo scenes of doggie derring-do are quite funny, and the message about how to treat both humans and animals evergreen.

August 20, 2004 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Parents ... are more likely to experience the film as a blend of clumsy slapstick and mind-numbing bathos.

August 20, 2004 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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Long before the happy ending arrives, even the most dedicated dog lover will have ceased to care.

August 20, 2004 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
Newark Star-Ledger
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It all plays very much like an extremely drawn-out episode of Lassie updated with references to child, spousal and dog abuse.

August 20, 2004
New York Post
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Charming movie featuring an adorable dog.

October 14, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Lacks creativity. The first Benji was original, and each new sequel needs to be a new creation. Instead, we get the same Benji formula.

November 1, 2006
Christianity Today

Horrible, loathsome, incompetent, wretched. The worst movie of the year? Undoubtedly.

December 26, 2004 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Comment (1)
eFilmCritic.com

...nothing in this boring and inept movie is salvageable.

September 4, 2004 Full Review
Talking Pictures (U.S.)

The movie is so earnest and sweet that to criticize it harshly would be like kicking a dog, and far be it from me to go there.

August 24, 2004 Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com
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A fun and frolicsome adventure for the entire family.

August 24, 2004 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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This is by far the best of the Benji films, with appeal to both adults and kids alike.

August 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum
Entertainment Spectrum

Good intentions aside, the return of writer-director-producer Joe Camp's "Benji" is terminally boring.

August 23, 2004
Groucho Reviews

Families in search of a happy ending will have to hope that the next Benji movie is "Benji Finds a Better Script."

August 22, 2004
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

Doggone it, I have to give this a better-than-average rating.

August 22, 2004 Full Review
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

A family drama, and public-service announcement for your local animal shelter, that is more convincing when the four-legged performers have the screen to themselves.

August 20, 2004 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

The dogs are cute, the scary parts are appropriately subdued and everything works out for the best.

August 20, 2004 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

...inane inoffensiveness can be offensive in and of itself.

August 20, 2004 Full Review Source: Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)

While it may be free of the potty humor and cruelty that plague many contemporary kids' movies, its cheap lack of a decent script, acting or canine charm is lethal.

August 20, 2004 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

Audience Reviews for Benji - Off the Leash

Really bad acting. It was kind of annoying to watch.
February 13, 2011
trisarahtops22

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Forced to watch, but it turned out to be enjoyable. Nice subplot with puppy mill.
May 29, 2008
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