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Air Bud 2 - Golden Receiver

Air Bud 2 - Golden Receiver (1998)



Average Rating: 4.4/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 7

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In this family canine comedy, a sequel to Air Bud (1997), Josh Framm (Kevin Zegers) finds it a problem when his widowed mother, Jackie (Cynthia Stevenson), starts seeing the community's new veterinarian, Patrick Sullivan (Gregory Harrison). Sullivan gives a football to Josh's golden retriever Buddy, and the athletic animal is soon girding for the gridiron. Coach Fanelli (Robert Costanzo) adds Josh as back-up quarterback to the jr. high team, and an accident takes Josh off the bench and onto the


Comedy, Kids & Family

Paul Tamasy, Aaron Mendelsohn

Dec 12, 2000

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The original film's director, Charles Martin Smith... has been replaced by Richard Martin, who brings a family-hour blandness to every scene.

May 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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[The film is] marked by dumbfoundingly bad dialogue, cliche-driven plotting and groan-worthy predictability.

May 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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As sequels go, Air Bud: Golden Receiver is barking up the wrong tree.

December 4, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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The film is pleasantly sweet and occasionally sharp.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Though the movie is inept in a number of key ways, what it really lacks is a lead actor who can carry his scenes with an un-doggish panache.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:
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It's a Styrofoam-cup comedy, lightweight and disposable, but this G-rated fantasy of suburban family life is a good bet for its intended audience of 12-year-olds and younger.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Although Air Bud: Golden Receiver is bit unrealistic (I know you're shocked), it does accomplish its purpose, which is to provide great fun for children.

May 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

If you're a 7-year-old, at whom the film is aimed, you'll probably have no problem with the idea of a dog being able to join a school football team. If you're a cynical old critic like me, you may feel differently.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

This doggie has fleas.

November 28, 2002
Houston Community Newspapers

Air Bud: Golden Receiver is not quite as much fun as the original, but for youngsters just learning to enjoy movies in the theater, its hi-jinks are fair entertainment.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer

Air Bud: Golden Receiver has the same strengths and weaknesses as its predecessor. But this time the strengths are weaker and the weaknesses are stronger.

October 1, 2002 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

In addition to good-hearted humor, Air Bud: Golden Receiver offers up moral lessons and affirmative messages.

June 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

It's also hard to take seriously a film where a premise so bizarre is shrugged off as a given.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

Air Bud 2 only has the ability to make you laugh (occasionally), and nothing else.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

The Problem with the Air Bud sequel is simple: too many people and not enough dog.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner
San Francisco Examiner

Monetary concerns have to be the only reason this lame kids sports comedy was made, because the surprise hit that spawned it wasn't exactly great cinema and didn't cry out for a sequel.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

A decent way to settle the little ones down on a Saturday afternoon, sure, but so is Ritalin.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Air Bud: Golden Receiver is just as idealess as the original.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Cinematter

If there's a little demon who's making your life miserable, "Air Bud: Golden Receiver" offers a prime opportunity for sweet revenge. ... charmless, preachy, flabbergastingly dull ...

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Air Bud 2 - Golden Receiver

Not quite as good as the original, but I love the air bud movies, just by how much fun can be take out of them. They are a fun ride to watch, and this football frenzy with a mutt is awesome!
October 1, 2010
KJ Proulx

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Really good
May 30, 2010
erika bruhns

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i want to put that dog in a blender. then he'll be an "air spud" haha
June 24, 2009

Super Reviewer

A dog that can play football? That's crazy! And yet Disney came up with another Air Bud movie. It fit perfectly into the Disney live-action family film line. Filmed on a shoestring budget, it somehow worked for a triumph of basic animal family comedy sports extravaganza.
July 14, 2007

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    1. Dr. Patrick Sullivan: Buddy's tail checks out just fine!
    – Submitted by Guy B (19 months ago)
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