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The Shaggy Dog Reviews

March 16, 2006
We've seen it a million times.
March 10, 2006
Disney's tried-and-true slapstick material (est. 1959) is here given a heinously unimaginative interpretation by five screenwriters and a director who manages to squander the gifts of an absurdly overqualified supporting cast.
March 10, 2006
The unruly pack of subplots make The Shaggy Dog much more convoluted than it needs to be.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
March 10, 2006
The Shaggy Dog may not make you howl, but it does offer a few bona fide belly laughs, which is more than the last few Tim Allen movies could boast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 10, 2006
This is a classic family fun fare, likely destined for sequelhood.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 10, 2006
Director Brian Robbins keeps the special effects and animatronics to a minimum, relying more often than not on real (albeit trained) dogs. That extra bit of authenticity is refreshing.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 10, 2006
The Shaggy Dog is as good as family entertainment gets, meaning it will tickle kids while throwing the occasional bone to parents to keep them from growling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 10, 2006
This is a Dog with heart.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
March 10, 2006
If, in the end, this Allen film is an old dog that can't learn any new tricks, it's still enough of a safe, bland entertainment to keep some undiscriminating parents happy.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
March 10, 2006
To paraphrase the over used song employed in Disney's latest dismal recycling of The Shaggy Dog -- who let this dog out?
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
March 10, 2006
Watching a pack of dogs sniff Tim Allen's butt -- repeatedly -- is probably someone's idea of a good time at the movies. Not mine.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
March 10, 2006
This is precisely the type of moviegoing experience engineered for those who still get a laugh when the Baha Men hit Who Let the Dogs Out? accompanies a doggie mayhem montage.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 10, 2006
Shaggy Dog is a subpar remake of a subpar movie that can only spawn subpar remakes.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
March 10, 2006
The Shaggy Dog is just what it wants to be -- wholesome, slapstick, family fun with nice animal rights and 'don't mess with mother nature' messages running beneath the surface.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
March 10, 2006
More assembled than groomed, The Shaggy Dog should do enough tricks and act cute enough to amuse an audience that wants only to have its belly tickled.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
March 10, 2006
No one's going to argue with a movie that underscores the importance of paying attention to kids, but for me at least, the sight of [Tim] Allen running around on all fours failed to unleash howls of laughter.
Read More | Original Score: C
March 10, 2006
It's a typical hit picture remake, which is never a good sign.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
March 10, 2006
The Shaggy Dog is a well-dispositioned but forgettable mutt without any new tricks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 10, 2006
It's a pleasant surprise to find a movie that genuinely pitches itself at a child's level while also giving parents some real laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 10, 2006
Disney's remake of its 1959 flick The Shaggy Dog is pretty flea-bitten from the get-go.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
March 9, 2006
Tim Allen is a prosecutor who is going, as it were, to the dogs in this revisiting of the old Disney film, which is far livelier than its namesake.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 9, 2006
Devoid of cleverness or anything approaching reinvention, the film relies on special effects and its cast, human and animal, for its limited appeal. Hopefully, it will be limited enough to spare us Son of the Shaggy Dog.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
March 9, 2006
There is an age above which this movie is unnecessary, and it may be in the low double digits.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 9, 2006
The story is too silly to play to older kids. And there are more than a few moments that may give parents of younger ones pause.
Full Review | Original Score: C
March 9, 2006
Just when you thought Doogal set the lowest bar possible for a dog comedy, here comes The Shaggy Dog, a pointless remake of the 1959 Disney classic.
March 9, 2006
Tim Allen is coasting on a lot of borrowed equity from his Home Improvement days.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
March 9, 2006
In the end, The Shaggy Dog has much more bark than bite.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 9, 2006
A pretty fair Disney family comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
March 9, 2006
The film drags in the homestretch, as the filmmakers needlessly shuffle characters around the city.
March 8, 2006
Those allergic to lessons in improving family communication can draw pleasure from Robert Downey Jr., in prime crazypants form, as the lab's power-hungry evil genius.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 8, 2006
The Shaggy Dog may contain the single most disturbing image in recent years: Tim Allen licking Kristin Davis' face.
Read More | Original Score: D+
March 6, 2006
The latest mutation of a franchise that Disney probably should have had spayed or neutered years ago.
March 6, 2006
Manages to sail past many of the cliches usually found in this genre while throwing together a wild story line more apt for a new millennium.