The Secret Life of Pets

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Fast-paced, funny, and blessed with a talented voice cast, The Secret Life of Pets offers a beautifully animated, cheerfully undemanding family-friendly diversion.



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For their fifth fully-animated feature-film collaboration, Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures present The Secret Life of Pets, a comedy about the lives our pets lead after we leave for work or school each day. Comedy superstars Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet and Kevin Hart make their animated feature-film debuts in The Secret Life of Pets, which co-stars Ellie Kemper, Lake Bell, Jenny Slate, Bobby Moynihan, Hannibal Buress and Albert Brooks. Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri and his longtime collaborator Janet Healy produce the film directed by Chris Renaud (Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2), co-directed by Yarrow Cheney and written by Brian Lynch and Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio.

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The film [is] loud, colourful, frantic in pace, but less than the sum of its parts.

Sep 9, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It is an incredibly simple yet irresistible idea for a movie. It's also exactly what you think it's going to be - no more, no less.

Jul 26, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

There's something quietly therapeutic about spending 90 minutes with some nutty, heroic furballs on a hero's journey with very low stakes.

Jul 10, 2016 | Full Review…

The Secret Life of Pets is strong enough that parents won't fall into a catatonic state while watching it with their offspring.

Jul 9, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Draws on the universal experience of pet ownership to draw out the "awww" in all of us. But the film butt-scoots by on its premise. There's not much more going on, thematically or emotionally below the surface.

Jul 8, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

As the owner of a Maine Coon I've weed-whacked into a goofy lion cut, I gulped when Snowball the bunny, a former magician's assistant, bellows, "All of us have suffered at the hands of man!"

Jul 8, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for The Secret Life of Pets

Disappointing animated movie that is more or less remaking Toy Story 1 just with Pets. And while the title promises lots of pets, it's mostly dogs that are running the show. Cats are just fat, bitchy or antagonizing, while dogs show all kinds of characteristics. That's frustratingly narrow minded and not particularly original. The animation is flawless and a few jokes work, but overall you can't shake off the feeling that you've seen it all before, and better.

Jens S.
Jens S.

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Funny and sweet movie!

Nani Vang
Nani Vang

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Pretty cute, but escalates really quickly and almost too fantastically. And was Snowball's psycho-dream murmuring, "That raccoon is lying! He's not the president!" an implicit jab at President Obama using an antebellum epithet for African-Americans? How did that get past the censors?

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

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It always amazes me how Universal never cares to create anything remotely clever when it comes to their animations, and so once again they come up with a harmless little story that wants to be cute and funny (which it is sometimes) but is only bound to be quickly forgotten.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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