Good Boy!

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  • Summary: Twelve-year-old Owen Baker (Aiken) has been working as a dog-walker all summer, and his hard work has finally paid off -- he gets to adopt a dog of his own! But Owen gets more than puppy love when he discovers his new dog Hubble (Broderick) is actually an interplanetary scout from the DogTwelve-year-old Owen Baker (Aiken) has been working as a dog-walker all summer, and his hard work has finally paid off -- he gets to adopt a dog of his own! But Owen gets more than puppy love when he discovers his new dog Hubble (Broderick) is actually an interplanetary scout from the Dog Star Sirius. (MGM) Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 30
  2. Negative: 4 out of 30
  1. Reviewed by: Scott Brown
    75
    Little is asked of talking-animal movies, save charm, heart, and at least one scene where said animal wears a lampshade. Good Boy! has all those things, plus a winning story line.
  2. 75
    The film is touchingly firm about leveling with children, drawing a careful, crucial line between fantasy and reality, without patronizing or haranguing them.
  3. When it comes right down to it, the talking animal thing is sort of secondary to what is, at heart, just a simple but perfectly satisfying little story about a boy who wants to keep his dog.
  4. Reviewed by: Richard Gehr
    50
    Former SNL-ers Molly Shannon and Kevin Nealon play the kid's Stepford parents in this Jim Henson Pictures happy meal.
  5. Reviewed by: Paul West
    50
    Fairly good- natured and not as awful as it sounds, but it lacks distinction.
  6. 50
    The special effects aren't too polished but the script is larded with cutesy life lessons to warm the hearts of dog lovers
  7. 20
    Includes a few half-hearted ironies about how people are really serving dogs, not the other way around, but even those gags are cribbed from a retired Seinfeld routine.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Dec 4, 2010
    5
    'Good Boy!' is in all essentials just another childrens' flick, with no real respectability, however the elements of humour and imagination'Good Boy!' is in all essentials just another childrens' flick, with no real respectability, however the elements of humour and imagination are strong enough to buff it up to a relatively average piece of work. Expand

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