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Without wandering far from the tried-and-true formula, director Brandon Camp (son of "Benji" creator Joe Camp) brings a measure of style and competence to the project that the franchise has never seen.
This 2018 release feels like it arrived fresh from 1974, and that is what makes it a delight.
Pretty underwhelming, a perfunctory kids-and-their-dog caper that despite running less than 90 minutes feels stretched to its limits.
For those looking for the most benign family-friendly entertainment, the nostalgic and corny "Benji" will do the trick.
This is all fairly dreary, in keeping with the franchise's long-running aversion to comedy and consistent fixation on bad familial vibes.
Updated dog tale has realistic peril and violence.
Perhaps nostalgia is enough to engage, but "Benji" doesn't seem vital enough to revisit, especially when The Camp Corporation has nothing new to offer.
A bit dark, for parents who like to spare their kids tears. But that dog never lets us down when it comes to pre-tween entertainment.
Too bad there's no Oscar for Best Animal Performance of the Year. Benji would win hands -- er paws -- down.
It is cute without seeming desperate, nostalgic without feeling dated, values-based without being preachy, and sweet without being (too) cloying.
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