Marley & Me


Marley & Me

Critics Consensus

Pet owners should love it, but Marley and Me is only sporadically successful in wringing drama and laughs from its scenario.



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As the snow falls on their wedding night, newlyweds John and Jenny Grogan decide to leave behind the harsh winters of Michigan and head south to begin their new lives in West Palm Beach, Fla. They obtain jobs as journalists at competing local newspapers, buy their first home, and begin to make their way through the challenges of a new marriage, new careers and, possibly, the life-changing decision to start a family. Unsure of his preparedness for raising children, John confesses his fears to his friend and fellow journalist Sebastian, who comes up with the perfect solution: John should get Jenny a puppy. The Grogans adopt the cute, 12-pound yellow Labrador, who in no time at all, grows into a 100-pound steamroller of unbridled energy that turns the Grogan home into a disaster area. He flunks obedience school, chews off dry-wall, takes a bite out of the sofa, overturns garbage cans, steals a Thanksgiving turkey, consumes pillows and flowers, drinks toilet water, and chases the UPS guy. Even a newly-purchased, expensive necklace isn't safe from Marley's voracious antics. Amidst the mayhem he generates through the years, Marley sees the Grogans through the ups and downs of family life, through job and home changes, and most of all, through the myriad challenges of a growing family. As John and Jenny come to realize, Marley--"the world's worst dog"--somehow brings out the best in them.

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Jennifer Aniston
as Jenny Grogan
Owen Wilson
as John Grogan
Alan Arkin
as Arnie Klein
Eric Dane
as Sebastian
Kathleen Turner
as Ms. Kornblut
Ann Dowd
as Dr. Platt
Finley Jacobsen
as Conor (Age 8)
Lucy Merriam
as Colleen (Age 5)
Bryce Robinson
as Patrick (Age 7)
Ben Hyland
as Conor (Age 5)
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All Critics (138) | Top Critics (42)

  • In the cinema, all of us tough, cynical critics had tears welling in our eyes, swallowing hard; our lips, so often curled in a cheap sneer, were now trembling, because of the same desperately sad thought: "Owen Wilson used to be really good..."

    Mar 13, 2009 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • There is something wildly odd about a film that measures human happiness with the whims of a dog.

    Mar 13, 2009 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • Evidently contrived and something of an ungainly hybrid, the film shares its canine protagonist's facility for wearing down your resistance.

    Mar 13, 2009 | Rating: 3/6 | Full Review…
  • Given the jaunty promise of the early scenes, the drawn-out denouement is a mawkish disappointment.

    Jan 2, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Wilson may always appear a little too flaky to be bankable as a romantic lead, but set Aniston aside and this could be the purest love story he'll ever get.

    Jan 2, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • The dog -- or the many dogs who play Marley through the years -- also delivers some of the funniest scenes.

    Dec 29, 2008

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