Hotel for Dogs Reviews

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February 19, 2009
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.
February 13, 2009
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.
February 12, 2009
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.
February 12, 2009
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.
February 12, 2009
At the start, Kudrow's character tells the time-wasting kids, "You owe me 30 seconds of my life." I'm owed rather more.
January 22, 2009
The images are cluttered and murky, the comic rhythms falter, and the adult humans in the cast, including Lisa Kudrow and Don Cheadle, seem resigned to being upstaged by the kids and dogs.
January 22, 2009
All in all it's a very pleasant way to spend the afternoon with a bunch of kids.
January 20, 2009
Will the kids like it? Yeah, probably. Will the parents tolerate it or enjoy it? Probably not.
January 20, 2009
Dog people will like it.
January 16, 2009
It's sad to see a promising fantasy turn into yet another industrial-scale fantasy-delivery system that beats up on its audience with mindless intensity and undercuts its own humanity.
January 16, 2009
The human dramas are less involving [than the dogs'], and a pair of teen romances feel like something on the Disney Channel.
January 16, 2009
Plot and character development are pretty much irrelevant in the sunshiny fantasy world of this movie.
January 16, 2009
A sweet reminder of the importance of family and community, human and canine alike.
January 16, 2009
It's no great shakes as a film, but its combination of mild comedy, slapstick, pathos, many photogenic canines and a positive message will make it irresistible to families.
January 16, 2009
The crisp look director Thor Freudenthal brings to the visuals isn't matched in its story or its characters, all of whom, including the dogs, lack a special zip.
January 16, 2009
It's all silly but remarkably fun and should wring smiles from even the grouchiest cat lover.
January 16, 2009
It's like flipping through five years of dog calendars.
January 16, 2009
Friendly, formulaic, completely harmless.
January 16, 2009
The dogs include a fine three-legged fellow who reminded me of my in-law's old dog, Buddy, and that's the sort of movie we have here. You use it to think about dogs you once knew, or the ones whose company you're enjoying at present.
January 16, 2009
Loaded with enough stupid pet and human tricks to satisfy David Letterman for years to come.
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