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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 Dog Star Sirius. (MGM) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 30
  2. Negative: 4 out of 30
  1. Reviewed by: Ellen Fox
    75
    A tearily adorable canine valentine.
  2. 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.
  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: Lael Loewenstein
    50
    Passable kiddy fare that, although it strenuously underscores its message of friendship and loyalty, doesn't revitalize the genre.
  5. 50
    It’s ingratiating in that nice doggie way, but the dogs, who have had their lips enhanced via CGI to aid in the illusion of speech, don’t have much more on their minds than where the next stick is going to sail in from.
  6. 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.
  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 are strong enough to buff it up to a relatively average piece of work. Expand

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