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

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After moving into a foster home that forbids pets, siblings Andi (Emma Roberts) and Bruce (Jake T. Austin) must quickly find a home for their dog, Friday. The resourceful pair find an abandoned hotel, and with the help of Bruce's mechanical skills, turn it into a pooch paradise for Friday and a number of strays. But when the inevitable barking makes neighbors suspicious, Andi and Bruce must find a way to hide their canine haven from prying eyes.

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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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