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  • Summary: John and Jenny were just beginning their life together. They were young and in love, with a perfect little house and not a care in the world. Then they brought home Marley, a wiggly yellow furball of puppy love. Life would never be the same. (20th Century Fox)
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 30
  2. Negative: 5 out of 30
  1. Wilson has a scene near the end with Marley that's the most wrenchingly tender acting of his career.
  2. Never brilliant but always solid and often wry, Marley & Me is what it celebrates -- an amiable overachiever.
  3. 75
    Marley & Me gets so many of the details right, particularly in its final act, when it turns into a five-hanky weeper.
  4. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    60
    This perky, episodic film is as broad and obvious as it could be, but delivers on its own terms thanks to sparky chemistry between its sunny blond stars, Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston, and the unabashed emotion-milking of the final reel.
  5. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    50
    Marley & Me might be easy to watch, but -- even for die-hard canine lovers -- it's as easy to forget.
  6. 50
    Could not be more ordinary.
  7. You'd have to be made of granite to resist all the charms of a free-spirited, 100-pound Lab. Yet the production manages, against heavy odds, to make its canine star an incorrigible bore.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 49 out of 68
  2. Negative: 13 out of 68
  1. Aug 8, 2012
    10
    Marley & Me seems like one of those cliched dog movies where someone buys a dog and he runs away or is kidnapped and then comes back to it. No! This isn't that movie. This is a movie about a jornalist who moves to Beverly Hills with his wife and when Marley enters in his life, everything changes. For those who haven't read its source material, you'll find it unexpected. It finds the right mix between laughs and drama. It can make you laugh out loud but it can also make you cry. Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson provide chemistry enough for you to enjoy their character's story. Expand
  2. JohnB
    Jan 9, 2009
    10
    "The more people I meet every day the more I like my dog" Those who did not like this movie / book clearly are not dog people and frankly probably a*holes. If you are not a dog person you should not be seeing a movie about the connection a man has with his dog. Expand
  3. BrandonD
    May 16, 2009
    9
    I thought this was a good movie. Of course people who didn't like it are probably heartless people who don't care about dogs. If you have a dog, I think you will like it. Expand
  4. CAE.
    Jan 4, 2009
    8
    A must-see family film. Very moving and helps to put life, and those things that are REALLY important, into perspective.
  5. CeliaB.
    Jan 4, 2009
    7
    Wasn't amazing. But still really worth it.
  6. Jan 18, 2011
    5
    Maybe I just wasn't in the mood or maybe it is because I wouldn't have put up with a dog like that to begin with, but the movie just didn't do it for me. Wilson and Aniston are great together but I just didn't care much for the movie. Perhaps on another day if I ever watch it again I will enjoy it a bit more. Expand
  7. LisaS.
    Dec 27, 2008
    0
    This movie was very boring. so boring that i fell asleep a half hour into the movie. Jennifer A. was at her worst and this was the opposit of what Owen Wilson plays. Maybe next time they will get it right. Jennifer should tried another line of work. Expand

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