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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. 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: 50 out of 70
  2. Negative: 13 out of 70
  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.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 "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. Collapse
  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 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. 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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