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  • Summary: Hotel for Dogs is a smart comedy adventure that shows how far love and imagination can take you. When their new guardians forbid 16-year-old Andi and her younger brother, Bruce, from having a pet, Andi has to use her quick wit to help find a new home for their dog, Friday. The resourcefulHotel for Dogs is a smart comedy adventure that shows how far love and imagination can take you. When their new guardians forbid 16-year-old Andi and her younger brother, Bruce, from having a pet, Andi has to use her quick wit to help find a new home for their dog, Friday. The resourceful kids stumble upon an abandoned hotel and using Bruce's talents as a mechanical genius, transform it into a magical dog-paradise for Friday - and eventually for all Friday's friends. When barking dogs make the neighbors suspicious, Andi and Bruce use every invention they have to avoid anyone discovering "who let the dogs in." (Paramount Pictures) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 25
  2. Negative: 2 out of 25
  1. 75
    A lively, funny, imaginative film that should appeal to kids and their pet-loving parents.
  2. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    70
    What it is packed with is lots of sneaking around, very cool gadgets, excellent stunts and some clever kids.
  3. 63
    A sweet, innocent family movie about stray dogs that seem as well-trained as Olympic champions. Friday, the Jack Russell terrier who's the leader of the pack, does more acting than most of the humans, and doesn't even get billing.
  4. 58
    What does a film called Hotel For Dogs need in order to avoid being a watch-checker for grown-ups? Whatever it is, Hotel For Dogs doesn't have it.
  5. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    50
    Between the dogged efforts of the kids to save strays and the antics of the dogs, it's hard to resist this lively, though predictable, family movie.
  6. Although you wouldn't want an entire movie devoted to such shenanigans, Hotel for Dogs isn't half as zany as it might have been.
  7. It's like flipping through five years of dog calendars.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 13
  2. Negative: 4 out of 13
  1. AlexW.
    Mar 8, 2009
    10
    I really liked it, it was very cute and I hope the next one comes out coon!!
  2. DadBi
    Jan 31, 2009
    10
    I thought the movie has a good message and kids are bound to like it.
  3. Feb 22, 2011
    10
    Good over all movie. Granted there are alot of morals being broken in the movie. But if you have raised your kids right and they know theGood over all movie. Granted there are alot of morals being broken in the movie. But if you have raised your kids right and they know the difference between right and wrong. This is a good MOVIE. Expand
  4. JayH
    Apr 29, 2009
    6
    Granted, it isn't anything great and the story is very predictable, but it does manage to entertain throughout. The cast is fine, Granted, it isn't anything great and the story is very predictable, but it does manage to entertain throughout. The cast is fine, it's a sweet little family film.You can't go wrong with cute dogs in films! Expand
  5. Jul 6, 2013
    6
    Hotel for Dogs is an entertaining family-comedy film which will make you laugh and spend some great time with the family. The story is cuteHotel for Dogs is an entertaining family-comedy film which will make you laugh and spend some great time with the family. The story is cute and funny and sometime it has some drama. Nothing extraordinary but something easily watched Expand
  6. R.C.S.
    Jan 17, 2009
    5
    Good young family movie.
  7. MaryM.
    Jan 27, 2009
    1
    The movie is a romp with cute dogs, but it sends a very clear set of metamessages to impressionable kids that 1) shoplifting is OK if you are The movie is a romp with cute dogs, but it sends a very clear set of metamessages to impressionable kids that 1) shoplifting is OK if you are helping dogs, 2) lying is OK if you need to lie to be accepted by the cool kids, 3) the police are uptight, mean and hate kids and dogs, 4) people who control stray animals are cruel and incompetent, 5) the foster care system is dickensian and populated by greedy kid-haters (except the Don Cheadle character), and 6) the only good animal shelters are "no kill" shelters. YIKE. Don't let your kids see this movie! Expand

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