Marley & Me Reviews

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November 18, 2011
March 13, 2009
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..."
March 13, 2009
There is something wildly odd about a film that measures human happiness with the whims of a dog.
March 13, 2009
Evidently contrived and something of an ungainly hybrid, the film shares its canine protagonist's facility for wearing down your resistance.
January 2, 2009
Given the jaunty promise of the early scenes, the drawn-out denouement is a mawkish disappointment.
January 2, 2009
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.
December 29, 2008
The dog -- or the many dogs who play Marley through the years -- also delivers some of the funniest scenes.
December 29, 2008
I think this movie works because of the relationship on screen between Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston.
December 29, 2008
Not every book has a movie lurking in it.
December 29, 2008
Frankel turns the camera toward the canines as frequently as possible, but too often we're stuck with Wilson and Aniston's bland characters. You wonder if it might have been better to let sleeping dogs lie.
December 29, 2008
The movie is ultimately less about the pain of loss than about the way families often take shape around a pet.
December 29, 2008
Though it requires three or four hankies to mop up the mess this sentimental tale leaves behind, the tears feel largely unearned.
December 29, 2008
It's a film guaranteed to appeal to tender-hearted pet lovers. But the movie, which was largely filmed in Miami and Fort Lauderdale, turns out to be less about dogs than it is about one man's trajectory through adulthood.
December 29, 2008
When the story lags -- and it does more than a few times -- there is Alan Arkin as Grogan's crusty editor Arnie Klein to help things along.
December 29, 2008
The production manages, against heavy odds, to make its canine star an incorrigible bore. The problem is bad parenting.
December 29, 2008
Marley & Me turns out to be the best -- and truest -- film about humans and our animals to arrive onscreen in a dog's age.
December 29, 2008
Marley, of course, steals every scene he's in, which is most of them.
December 29, 2008
Doesn't consistently capture the book's personable tone.
December 29, 2008
Director David Frankel gives the movie the aw-shucks feeling of a sitcom with a large sentimental streak.
December 25, 2008
It should come as no surprise that when you team Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston with a Labrador retriever, you get a bundle of blond fluff.
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