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  • Summary: A band of unlikely comrades, brought together by the least likely of the bunch, for a common, courageous purpose. Things will change. Lives will be saved. Because Benji is off the leash! (Mulberry Square Productions)
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 17
  2. Negative: 2 out of 17
  1. 75
    Not one of the great dog movies, but it's a good one, abandoning wall-to-wall cuteness for a drama about a homeless puppy.
  2. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    63
    Falls flat, enlivened only by the performances of its two charismatic lead dogs. The story is heavy-handed, and the human performances are, at their worst, caricatured.
  3. 60
    It's clumsy, but also strangely refreshing. To children raised on "Spy Kids" and "SpongeBob SquarePants," it may look as primitive as a daguerreotype, but never underestimate the persuasive powers of a cute animal.
  4. Reviewed by: Kevin Crust
    50
    Unfortunately, the new film does not live up to the low-key charm of the original. It's essentially a long-form public service announcement extolling the virtues of animal adoption and decrying the scourge of unfettered dog breeding.
  5. Reviewed by: Catherine Foster
    50
    Has a raggy charm, like the dogs, and a solid moral ending. For a late-summer children's film, it does the job.
  6. Reviewed by: Jane Horwitz
    42
    Love of dogs is key, because the amateurish acting, writing and production values in this independently made film feel more like the stuff of home movies than Hollywood.
  7. A dreary, distasteful exercise, "Off the Leash'' favors dogs over humans, framing canine high jinks with an ugly story of domestic abuse.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. JayH.
    Mar 5, 2009
    5
    Typical Benji family film, overly sentimental with acting below par. Of course the animals are adorable and do cute things. Light Typical Benji family film, overly sentimental with acting below par. Of course the animals are adorable and do cute things. Light entertainment, not very memorable. Expand

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