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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 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
    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
    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: 7 out of 12
  2. Negative: 4 out of 12
  1. Feb 22, 2011
    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 the difference between right and wrong. This is a good MOVIE. Expand
  2. Jul 6, 2013
    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 cute and funny and sometime it has some drama. Nothing extraordinary but something easily watched Expand
  3. Nov 16, 2013
    Hotel for Dogs makes you want to stay home.
    The concept is silly, and the film doesn't roll with it smoothly. The script is okay at best, and
    the acting is nothing short of annoying. The resulting product is an extremely cheesy family comedy with few laughs, and poor dialogue. Expand
  4. Dec 19, 2011
    Cliche, boring and only entertaining to kids. Hotel for Dogs falls in the cattagory for one of the worst film ever made. I give this movie 17%. Yeah it is that bad. Expand

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