Hotel for Dogs

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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
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 25
  2. Negative: 2 out of 25
  1. It's no great shakes as a film, but its combination of mild comedy, slapstick, pathos, many photogenic canines and a positive message will make it irresistible to families.
  2. A bright, funny family movie that gets everything right, from story to production design to cast (both human and canine).
  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. At its best, the movie is a catalog of doggy stunts.
  6. It's sad to see a promising fantasy turn into yet another industrial-scale fantasy-delivery system that beats up on its audience with mindless intensity and undercuts its own humanity -- and caninity -- in the process.
  7. It's like flipping through five years of dog calendars.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 14
  2. Negative: 4 out of 14
  1. DadBi
    Jan 31, 2009
    10
    I thought the movie has a good message and kids are bound to like it.
  2. 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
  3. AlexW.
    Mar 8, 2009
    10
    I really liked it, it was very cute and I hope the next one comes out coon!!
  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. R.C.S.
    Jan 17, 2009
    5
    Good young family movie.
  6. Jul 6, 2015
    4
    Com aquele final ruim, parece que o filme queria algo muito feliz e animante, mas um pouco de realidade deveria ter demostrado, e os cachorrosCom aquele final ruim, parece que o filme queria algo muito feliz e animante, mas um pouco de realidade deveria ter demostrado, e os cachorros que são aqueles personagens que sustentam cada cena para apagar a falta de qualidade, mas ainda é possível encontra algo divertido nesse filme. Expand
  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! Collapse

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