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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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Score distribution:
  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. Looks to be this season's family animal comedy.
  3. Reviewed by: Jessica Reaves
    75
    And then there's Alan Arkin, who, as John's editor, is hilarious and dry--it's frankly a shame he's not onscreen for every single scene.
  4. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    60
    An imperfect, messy and sometimes trying film that has moments of genuine sweetness and humor sprinkled in between the saccharine and the sadness.
  5. This love letter to man's best friend will make dog fanciers roll over and do tricks. It's so warmhearted, you'll want to run out and hug the nearest big, sloppy mutt. And while you're watching it, have your handkerchief ready.
  6. There are three fine performances lost in this otherwise middling film. Alan Arkin makes a wonderfully gruff newspaper editor who does just about as much barking as Marley. Jennifer Aniston makes the most of the rather slender figure of Jennifer Grogan, creating a believably human picture of a career woman who gives it up for the kids. And then there's the dog that plays Marley.
  7. 30
    Not many actors could do justice to the vanilla story presented by Grogan and screenwriters Scott Frank and Don Roos, but Wilson and Aniston – two of the blandest, most uninteresting actors working today – are just the actors to pull it off.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 70
  2. Negative: 13 out of 70
  1. 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 theThis 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
  2. dggggW.
    Jan 4, 2009
    10
    This was an amazing movie, sure it was dreary. But no, it still made me cry and laugh. This is like that Curious Case movie, life is full of This was an amazing movie, sure it was dreary. But no, it still made me cry and laugh. This is like that Curious Case movie, life is full of surprises, and in a dog's life, things happen in it to cause some sort of situation. Expand
  3. nill
    Apr 7, 2009
    9
    Very good, the end mad me cry. I would watch it again.
  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. Nov 13, 2013
    5
    Marley & Me is just average.
    A good effort by the director and the screenplay writers who adapted this book into a full movie. The actors
    Marley & Me is just average.
    A good effort by the director and the screenplay writers who adapted this book into a full movie. The actors don't give spectacular performances, Owen Wilson feels like he's forcing his role at times. Not many laughs, a sad overall message. Nothing amazing just an average movie.
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  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 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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