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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: 48 out of 67
  2. Negative: 13 out of 67
  1. Apr 9, 2012
    10
    A really incredible and emotive movie. I´m feeling sorprised becuase much movies about animals, have a great story, and this is an amazing example, the cast have a great performance and the most amazing is Marley, one of my favorite films ever. Expand
  2. Mar 25, 2013
    10
    This means something I didnt even give my favorite movie a 10, first time. This is a lighthearted comedy/drama. Makes me cry every time at the end and Im 16. To me its more of a drama then comedy but either way very good movie. Great acting (humans and dog), great chemistry (mainly family-dog. then Family-family.) I brought the DVD in 2009 and I lost it in 2010. Im still desperatly looking for this. Probably the best film ever literally. Better then my fav movie not more entertaining but still better. Watch with family, alone, anytime, anywhere Its that good. But if your kids dont like sad endings cut it when the dog starts to act lazy. If they can handle it watch sad still very good though. Expand
  3. 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
  4. Jan 12, 2013
    8
    A movie that will make you mourn much.
  5. Jul 29, 2014
    7
    "Marley & Me" is remarkable for its genre. Rather than a typical uninspired and humorous family flick, it features some really emotional scenes and solid performances by Wilson and Aniston. Don't expect anything new or exceptional, "Marley & Me" offers more than the average dramedy, though. Expand
  6. Aug 28, 2012
    7
    Marley & Me is a lovely, inoffensive little film. The basic premise is pretty generic: a typical romantic comedy plot about a married couple who are considering settling down and having a family, but are reluctant to sacrifice their successful careers in journalism, so instead they get a dog. That dog is an energetic golden retriever that they name Marley, who turns out to be quite a handful, and that's where the fun begins. We get great performances from Owen Wilson, and particularly Jennifer Aniston, who gives the best in her career - natural, empathetic and with real emotional depth. They make an incredibly likable couple, and their relationship develops believably as their characters approach middle age. Alan Arkin also has a brilliant comic turn as the hilariously deadpan newspaper editor who employs Wilson's John Grogan. The film's story is surprisingly involving, Marley misbehaving and causing chaos is very funny, and there are a good number of affecting emotional beats. It's all grossly sentimental of course, which will put some people off, and it's rather long and a bit slow at some points, but if you're a dog-lover, and if your heart is, well, actually a heart, then you really can't help but be moved by the final act of the film. Marley & Me doesn't break any new ground at all, but it really doesn't need to - it's warm cuddly and comforting, like your favourite canine friend, and sometimes that's all you want from a film. Expand
  7. Oct 10, 2010
    2
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I like dogs, but to me there's nothing entertaining about a couple of idiots who can't raise one. The movie is devoid of laughs or interesting plot developments. They work and have kids and then the dog dies, and Marley is such an awful dog that I feel genuine relief (not sadness) when it finally kicks the bucket. Expand

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