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  • Summary: The world's most famous, and Hollywood's most pampered, pooch is separated from his owner and ends up as the mascot of a hapless fire station. There, he helps a 12-year-old boy and his father, a veteran fire chief, turn the station into the city's finest. (20th Century Fox)
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 20
  2. Negative: 5 out of 20
  1. A surprisingly heartfelt father/son relationship, handled with restraint by director Todd Holland.
  2. Reviewed by: Alex Chun
    70
    Though it never completely catches fire, there's enough earnestness and warmth that makes it a welcome alternative in a family film arena dominated by computer animation and associated toy lines.
  3. No best in show but a decent family comedy.
  4. 42
    The lesson here is that dogs don't need "attitude." They're loveable enough on their own.
  5. Reviewed by: Gregory Kirschling
    42
    The terrier Rexxx might be the least appealing mutt ever to slobber on screen.
  6. Reviewed by: Rob Nelson
    40
    Not quite disturbingly forlorn, but forlorn (and overly literal) just the same, this latest entry in the doggy-acrobat subgenre of canine comedies has but one joke, and it comes early: In the Idol age, celebrity culture has gone to the dogs -- literally.
  7. Perhaps worst of all, the movie is painfully long.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 11
  2. Negative: 5 out of 11
  1. B.J.
    Apr 4, 2007
    10
    The dog tricks are great, the cast is amazing, and i love what they've done with the female firefighters in this film...showing that it is okay to be tough and vulnerable. They are great role models for the 'tween set that wants to grow up and be strong but doesn't realize that it is okay to expose their more feminine side as well. I think it is Mayte Garcia who brings the character of Pep to life...and does a great job with it! Every kid I know loved her! Expand
  2. CherylR.
    Apr 9, 2007
    10
    Surprisingly entertaining for our whole family. After a corny beginning, I was surprised to find myself really enjoying the movie. This film had a combination of action and comedy that was timed right. Even the grandparents enjoyed this one. Expand
  3. BobG
    Apr 13, 2007
    10
    Now I know why critics like Entertainment Weekly's Gregory Kirschling should be fired. He wouldn't know a good movie if he saw it.
  4. JackB.
    Aug 2, 2007
    5
    I didn't like the storyline, and how did a dog become such a big movie star? There were a couple of chuckles, but it didn't really grasp me. Expand
  5. NeilW.
    Dec 23, 2007
    3
    I only watched this movie because I was captive on an airplane and it would have been too dangerous to leave the theater. Corny movies can be entertaining, but this one wasn't. Expand
  6. Apr 5, 2014
    3
    For a kids movie, it's incredibly juvenile and lazy. For a family movie it drags too long. Another addition to films that have a decent premise with terrible execution. Expand
  7. MarkK.
    Apr 3, 2007
    0
    A movie about a dumb-ass dog, a dumb-ass kid and people think it's good. This is crap compare to Are We Done Yet?

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