Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26
  1. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Has a whirligig wit, and 11 songs crammed into its 67 minutes: that's more melodic content than in most Broadway musicals.
  2. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    A doggone hilarious cartoon extravaganza...virtually bursts at the seams with a supersized abundance of witty wordplay, silly songs and inspired sight gags.
  3. It's part sugar, part spice (cayenne, not nutmeg) and all-around brilliant.
  4. Smart and stylish, Disney's Teacher's Pet is one family film that has appeal for adults as well as children.
  5. The energy is genuine, and the level of invention is remarkable, sustained as it is by Mr. Baseman's genially garish art, Timothy Bjoerklund's direction from a script by Bill and Cherie Steinkellner, and Nathan Lane's madly passionate performance as the canine who was famously born on the wrong end of a leash.
  6. 90
    Marvelously quick-witted and gloriously goofy hand-drawn feature shows there's still more than 21 grams of life left in the form.
  7. 80
    Continues Disney's trend of crafting animated movies as much for adult viewers as for their pre-adolescent progeny.
  8. For all the work that went into the whimsical creatures and painterly palette, the voice actors more or less steal the show.
  9. 80
    This mouthy express train of a movie has giddy charm to burn, due in major part to the frantic charisma of Nathan Lane.
  10. 80
    Gary Baseman's Emmy-winning cartoon series arrives on the big screen in a delightful blast of bold drawing, brainy humor, and hard-charging songs.
  11. 78
    Teacher’s Pet feels more like Ren & Stimpy's John Kricfalusi on a mild dose of Prozac, and I mean that in the very best way.
  12. By deftly blending silliness and sophistication, this little movie does its part to stem the technological tide.
  13. 75
    The animation, supervised by director Timothy Bjorkland, is deliberately crude, but it complements the wacky story line just as well as the excellent musical numbers, one of which is a spot-on homage/parody of Sondheim.
  14. Reviewed by: Nancy Churnin
    You don't have to be a fan of the TV show to enjoy watching this dog chase his shtick.
  15. First-time director Timothy Bjorklund, who also shepherded Teacher's Pet on television, conducts some inventive, devilish sequences.
  16. The writing (by Bill and Cherie Steinkellner) has a non-sentimental appeal for that young preteen (and early teen) crowd that fancies itself too cool for kiddie stuff.
  17. 70
    Impatient adult escorts ought to appreciate the brevity, and their kids should find plenty of good-natured diversion in the film's generally charming story.
  18. The musical numbers are energetic and fun.
  19. The somewhat rococo songs and earthy pop-art animation tread a very fine line between heady and headachy.
  20. More like the kid shows that populate Nickelodeon.
  21. Reviewed by: Laine Ewen
    The ending of Teacher's Pet, like the rest of the film, feels a bit rushed. Then again, the movie is geared toward a population with small attention spans and smaller bladders.
  22. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Teacher's Pet is no "Finding Nemo," nor even "Lilo and Stitch," but it is an enjoyable family film -- particularly for younger kids -- during a time of year when such fare is lacking.
  23. Reviewed by: Angel Cohn
    Should have been pared down into an episode of the series.
  24. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Barrels along on a diverting enough sugar high, but in the hangover that follows you may wonder where the wonder was.
  25. It seems like a bizarre move for Disney, releasing a film that combines elements of "Blue's Clues" and "The Island of Dr. Moreau."
  26. The problem here isn't how the figures look; rather, it's what they do and say -- the story is lame and the dialogue no better.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Aug 13, 2011
    The movie was fun to say the least. Entertaining for children and possibly adults as well.