Overwhelming dislike - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 22
  2. Negative: 16 out of 22
  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. This is the weird thing, Old Dogs is not that bad.
  4. Reviewed by: Robert Wilonsky
    You see where this is going, but, apparently, kids don’t know the formula.
  5. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Too bad this shrilly tuned comedy doesn't demand more than clock-punching effort from everyone involved.
  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. 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.
  8. Old Dogs is so oafish, when it tosses us a biscuit, it feels like we've been smacked with a newspaper.
  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
    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.
  12. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Travolta is simply useless in Old Dogs, but Williams is actively offensive.
  13. Old Dogs is offensive mostly because it wastes time.
  14. 25
    Adults should steer clear. Kids should be sent to it only if they’ve been extraordinarily naughty.
  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. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without a turkey, and in Old Dogs, we have the season’s blue-ribbon gobbler.
  17. 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.
  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 97 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. Nov 18, 2011
    OLD DOGS is a stupid, unfunny and boring kiddie film that even kids wouldn't like.
  3. Nov 16, 2013
    Old Dogs are put down.
    The movie easily could have been horrible but just becomes painfully average. As a family movie it succeeds with some
    clever jokes, but by the end it collapses under a faulty plot. Full Review »