Metascore
29

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 26
  2. Negative: 14 out of 26
  1. Reviewed by: Christine Dolen
    63
    A Disney family film, with all that the term implies: It's playful, corny, silly, adventuresome and enjoyable.
  2. 50
    As for Gooding, he's sadly gone to the dogs -- Snow Dogs has got to be his most humiliating role since "Lightning Jack."
  3. Snow Dogs? "Snow Job" is more like it.
  4. Cuba Gooding Jr. lands on his behind more often than a one-legged figure skater, and the preschooler next to me giggled every time.
  5. Reviewed by: Frank Lovece
    50
    Formulaic but not entirely predictable, it's like old-school Disney, but without Tim Conway.
  6. Like shave ice without the topping, this cinematic snow cone is as innocuous as it is flavorless.
  7. 50
    Snow Dogs never comes close to transcending its own inherent silliness, but Coburn, Gooding, and a genial tone help make the movie harmless tomfoolery the whole family can tolerate.
  8. Snow Dogs isn't subtle, to say the least, but it's a serviceable city-slicker-in-the-frozen-sticks comedy for kids and undemanding adults.
  9. Reviewed by: William Triplett
    50
    A throwaway movie, but that doesn't mean it's bad. In fact, if you have a soft spot for man's best friend, it's a pretty good throwaway movie.
  10. 50
    I never thought I'd see a slapstick animal action movie about the beauty of interracial relationships and nonmarital sex, but that's what this is, and kids seem to love it.
  11. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    40
    Small children will be amused by the frenetic antics of Cuba Gooding Jr. Grownups, however, will be far less enchanted.
  12. The movie's gentle and friendly, but nowhere close to exciting. It would be hard to believe that anyone involved with this production --considers Snow Dogs anything more than phoned-in business as usual.
  13. Amiable Gooding still smiles through it all, weathering the cold, physical abuse and implied racism, doing his best to make his audience believe that Snow Dogs isn't offensive mush. But he can't bring it off.
  14. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    38
    The best actor in Snow Dogs is a glowering Siberian husky named Demon. In fact, all the dogs in the movie do a better job than their human counterparts.
  15. Reviewed by: Loren King
    38
    Harmless, if witless, stuff for the kids.
  16. It's the sort of visual joke you would wince at in a 1940s movie; to see it nowadays, you're tempted to dismiss it as unintentional.
  17. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    30
    Relies almost exclusively on the gushing exuberance of Gooding Jr., and the aw-shucks factor of his digitally expressive, face-licking canine co-stars, leaving such potentially game actors as James Coburn and M. Emmet Walsh out in the cold.
  18. Every generation is entitled to its dopey, sticky junk and, deep into the winter blahs, they don't get stickier or dopier than Snow Dogs.
  19. Lame children's entertainment.
  20. Reviewed by: Neva Chonin
    25
    Don't let this dog out -- please.
  21. The vocal canines appear for about 30 humorous seconds, in a dream sequence, and are then never seen again. Unfortunately, the same can't be said about the rest of the film, which runs an additional 98.5 excruciating minutes.
  22. As distressed as a comedy can be without qualifying as a snow emergency.
  23. Snow Dogs is, even by the standards of a tradition that includes "Son of Flubber" and "The Shaggy D.A.," remarkably inept.
  24. Snow Dogs may simply be a stupid waste of your time. But if you know the source, it's an abomination.
  25. 0
    The marketing weasels over at Disney deserve to have their beady little eyes gouged out with flaming icicles for the fast one they've pulled on audiences with Snow Dogs.
User Score
6.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 33 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 15
  2. Negative: 5 out of 15
  1. StupidAlien
    Sep 30, 2006
    8
    Excellent comedy! Those dogs are quite realistic [nice computer work, Demon winks???]
  2. PatC.
    Feb 23, 2006
    4
    A truly amazing film that sustains momentum in spite of not containing one fiber of substance.