Rock Dog (2017)


Critic Consensus: Rock Dog is amiable enough, but its second-tier animation and uninspired story add up to a movie whose meager charms are likely to escape all but the youngest and least demanding viewers.


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For the Tibetan Mastiffs living on Snow Mountain, a dog's life has a simple riff: Guard a peaceful village of wool-making sheep from the thuggish wolf Linnux (Lewis Black) and his rabid pack. To avoid distractions, Mastiff leader Khampa (J.K. Simmons) forbids all music from the mountain. But when Khampa's son Bodi (Luke Wilson) discovers a radio dropped by a passing airplane, it takes just a few guitar licks for his fate to be sealed: Bodi wants to be a rock 'n' roll star. Yet that means defying his father's wishes, heading to the city, and locating the legendary - and reclusive - musician Angus Scattergood (Eddie Izzard), who needs to write a new song and fast. If Bodi can put a band together, help Angus with his song, and defeat the wolves' plot to take Snow Mountain, his life will be in tune. Bodi will become what he's always dreamed of being: More than a dog ... more than a Rock God... he'll be a ROCK DOG!

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Critic Reviews for Rock Dog

All Critics (55) | Top Critics (16)

The definition of 'rock' here seems to be winsome be-yourself ballads with a smattering of guitar.

Jun 12, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

This draggy, computer-animated feature exhibits neither bark nor bite in its portrayal of a sheep-guarding, guitar-playing Himalayan mastiff who has his head perpetually in the clouds.

Feb 27, 2017 | Full Review…

All this is every bit as silly and innocuous as its sounds, and it goes down, if not like honey, than like very finely spun cotton candy.

Feb 24, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

It took nine people to write the cheap-looking animated film Rock Dog, and not one of them ever stopped to consider the fact that the dog of the title never rocks.

Feb 24, 2017 | Rating: C | Full Review…

A sweet-natured but awfully clumsy animated tale. Best for very young viewers.

Feb 24, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
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Taking an ode to the power of musical rebellion and running it through the mill of committee-thinking winds up being no rock and roll fun.

Feb 24, 2017 | Full Review…
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Rock Dog easily ends up being on the "Forget Me" list for movies not because it's likely it'll be forgotten by the time the next two weeks come, but it's cheesy enough to be forgettable by the week after this movie hits theaters.

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