Hotel for Dogs

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Hotel for Dogs may appeal to children and dog lovers, but it's ultimately contrived, predictable, and simplistic.

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When their new guardians forbid 16-year old Andi and her younger brother, Bruce to have a pet, Andi has to use her quick wit to help find a new home for their dog, Friday. The resourceful kids stumble upon an abandoned hotel and using Bruce's talents as a mechanical genius, transform it into a magical dog-paradise for Friday--and eventually for all Friday's friends. When barking dogs make the neighbors suspicious, Andi and Bruce use every invention they have to avoid anyone discovering "who let the dogs in."

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Critic Reviews for Hotel for Dogs

All Critics (121) | Top Critics (35) | Fresh (56) | Rotten (65)

  • The dogs are never quite as entertaining as they should be for the kids in the audience, and the hypercutesiness and speechifying at the end will lead to much tightening of adult sphincters.

    Feb 19, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The schmaltz is laid on thick, but kids love this sort of stuff and, refreshingly, the dog bits are done the old-fashioned, fun way: with animal trainers rather than CGI.

    Feb 13, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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  • True, there's only the merest suggestion of an education system for these juveniles, but credibility's secondary when you've got lots of dogs doing cute stuff.

    Feb 12, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It needs something quite special to save this film from toxic splurges of sentiment. Lisa Kudrow and Kevin Dillon duly oblige as a pair of fabulously awful foster parents.

    Feb 12, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The premise is sound but the script is rather clunky and the film suffers from an uncertainty of tone.

    Feb 12, 2009 | Full Review…
  • At the start, Kudrow's character tells the time-wasting kids, "You owe me 30 seconds of my life." I'm owed rather more.

    Feb 12, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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  • Jan 25, 2013
    Give me a break here, stop making bad films please. I don't know how many goofs I found within the first 10 minutes of the film. Totally forgotten easily, and the actors are all ugly looking, not to mention the poor acting and unrealistic script and the overall atmosphere. It's disturbingly bad.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Jul 20, 2011
    I don't know how people can look at this and not think it's anything less than a great family movie. The inventive idea between a dog-themed inn was so creative its almost cool. Having great child actors Jake T. Austin and Emma Roberts make the film worth it, but it was more than just worth it for me. Sure, it had a predictable plot, but it was done with more honest emotion than usual.
    Jackson W Super Reviewer
  • May 28, 2011
    this is for dog lovers and cat lovers who want to give their cats to the shelter and trade in for a dog. B
    Juan C Super Reviewer
  • Feb 26, 2011
    Harmless but forgettable fluff designed to make every child feel as though they are worth something. Roberts plays a young girl thrown from foster home to foster home with her brother. Needless to say, they soon meet a load of dogs that also can't find a family. Soon they're running a Hotel for Dogs to escape the misery of their lives. All this would be easier to swallow if Roberts and Austin were relatable. They commit crimes to make money. Who cares if their parents are dead, there are plenty of law abiding orphans out there. Cheadle is a surprise turn out in this paint by numbers fluff. It can be entertaining, but the dog handlers deserve the biggest congratulations.
    Luke B Super Reviewer

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