Overwhelming dislike - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 22
  2. Negative: 16 out of 22
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  1. It runs a fast 88 minutes, is broad as the waistlines of its stars, and is remarkably family-friendly if you don't mind bathroom humor.
  2. 50
    Nostalgia is part of the modest charm of this disposable but inoffensive picture. Old Dogs makes old dogs out of all of us.
  3. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Too bad this shrilly tuned comedy doesn't demand more than clock-punching effort from everyone involved.
  4. This is the weird thing, Old Dogs is not that bad.
  5. Reviewed by: Robert Wilonsky
    You see where this is going, but, apparently, kids don’t know the formula.
  6. Reviewed by: Kevin B. Lee
    Only the irrepressible Luis Guzmán, stuck in a walk-on bit as the stereotypical mooching Hispanic, is able to milk this cash cow and exit with his dignity intact.
  7. Old Dogs is so oafish, when it tosses us a biscuit, it feels like we've been smacked with a newspaper.
  8. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    This is not the Travolta of "Pulp Fiction," nor is it the Williams of "One Hour Photo." Though no animals were harmed in the making of Old Dogs, the lead actors were defanged. But like a pair of Labradors, they have a playful rapport.
  9. Insipid, predictable, broad comedy mixed with Disney Family Values makes for one exasperating sit.
  10. None of it is funny. It’s all pain and no funny.
  11. 25
    Adults should steer clear. Kids should be sent to it only if they’ve been extraordinarily naughty.
  12. Old Dogs is offensive mostly because it wastes time.
  13. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Travolta is simply useless in Old Dogs, but Williams is actively offensive.
  14. 25
    Old Dogs does to the screen what old dogs do to the carpet. It's unfortunate that only the latter can be taken out and shot.
  15. Travolta, who delivers an impressively enthusiastic performance, seems to have no idea that he's stuck in one of the year's worst movies. The perpetually pained expression on Williams' face, however, suggests he knows otherwise.
  16. 12
    What's wrong with this movie? A better question might be: What's right? Every attempt at comedy is not only obvious but delivered in such a forced manner that any hope of generating laughter dies before the joke has been told.
  17. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without a turkey, and in Old Dogs, we have the season’s blue-ribbon gobbler.
  18. Not so much bad as it is witless and predictable.
  19. Exhausted as the premise already is -- hapless boomer learns that real manhood is a function of committed fatherhood -- Old Dogs nevertheless finds ways to make the lesson even less tolerable.
  20. This imbecilic, mean-spirited farce, which sneers at adults, leaves you wondering: where are the Three Stooges when we really need them?
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 105 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 40
  2. Negative: 20 out of 40
  1. Sep 24, 2011
    I admit the movie has big flaws, but in the end its a heart warm family movie with Travolta and Robbins on the run.
  2. ChadS
    Dec 1, 2009
    With the start of Vicki's prison term nearing, the environmental activist's two kids need a babysitter while their mom does time in With the start of Vicki's prison term nearing, the environmental activist's two kids need a babysitter while their mom does time in a state penitentary. It's a good thing that mom's one night stand wrote. Of all the people in the world, who better than your shotgun husband, a man you divorced after the liquor turned to pee and never saw again in the proceeding seven years, to feed and dress your flesh and blood. Money, notwithstanding, this man was a twenty-four-hour husband, but that's the movies for you. "Old Dogs", aside from being stupid, is also, formally, one of those films where childless professionals discover the joys of parenthood after pursuing successful careers in their respective fields. Robin Williams plays Dan, the dad, and John Travolta plays Charlie, the unwilling uncle-type; they're sports marketers who, in one uncomic comic scene, smear bear poop beneath their eyes by accident, then inexplicably, leave it on, as if both men forgot that animal excrement is gross. As Dan, Williams seemingly returns to those habitual heartwarming roles that moviegoers thought he had sworn off from taking after his career redefining performances in Mark Romanek's "One Hour Photo" and Christopher Nolan's "Insomnia". This fondness for excessive heartrendering(or is that heart-bludgeoning) theatrics(five words: enema bulb as faux-nose) carries on, but only ostensibly so, as in one scene, where Dan, dressed as a king, has tea with his princess-costumed daughter, which on closer inspection, avoids saccharine sweetness Curiously enough, Dan is in a full-bodied puppet suit, and under Charlie's control. The scene plays like a cry for help. After all, somebody is making Williams have this tender moment with a child actor. There's some anger here, dressed up as slapstick comedy, in which Dan maims a hand model's hands, and Seth Green's balls. And as for Travolta: Has it really been almost thirty years since he slapped around Debra Winger in "Urban Cowboy"? Full Review »
  3. Nov 18, 2011
    OLD DOGS is a stupid, unfunny and boring kiddie film that even kids wouldn't like.