The Shaggy Dog

Metascore
43

Mixed or average reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 25
  2. Negative: 6 out of 25
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  1. 50
    For a kids' picture this is relatively funny.
  2. There are many delightful movie techniques out there available for making animals appear to speak, so it's too bad The Shaggy Dog doesn't use any of them.
  3. The extraordinary canine performances in Shaggy Dog and "Eight Below" lead me to wonder whether Disney could dispense with two-legged creatures altogether, until further notice.
  4. In movies as in life, superior technology doesn't necessarily trump humor, magic or really shaggy dogs.
  5. 50
    This is precisely the type of moviegoing experience engineered for those who still get a laugh when the Baha Men hit "Who Let the Dogs Out?" accompanies a doggie mayhem montage.
  6. The unruly pack of subplots make The Shaggy Dog much more convoluted than it needs to be. But Allen's physical comedy as man-becoming-dog, and his non-stop monologue as man-dog, are definitely worth a trip to the matinee.
  7. 50
    In this serviceable remake of the fondly remembered 1959 Disney comedy (which starred Fred MacMurray), an impressively dexterous Tim Allen plays Dave Douglas.
  8. 50
    There are precious few surprises here, but parents will find director Robbins' breezy remake a painless affair and, judging by the yowls of laughter from the peanut gallery at the screening I attended, the kids will be barking all the way home.
  9. 50
    It says something for Robert Downey Jr. that in a movie where a man becomes a dog, Downey creates the weirdest character.
  10. 50
    Strictly for the very young who will find giggles in the anthropomorphic mash-ups and won't be too distracted by the predictably mawkish sitcom plot.
  11. 50
    Crafting this crude, noisy remake of Disney's first live-action comedy required the labor of no fewer than five screenwriters.
  12. Reviewed by: Rob Nelson
    40
    My eight-year-old nephew sat nearly silent throughout, so when he says he had fun, he must be talking about the treats.
  13. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    40
    This fur-fetched tale is bearable family viewing.
User Score
5.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 30 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 14
  2. Negative: 5 out of 14
  1. Aug 14, 2010
    6
    Shaggy Dog is a random movie. It is about a guy who gets bitten by a dog called Shaggy and he goes through a transformation process. After aShaggy Dog is a random movie. It is about a guy who gets bitten by a dog called Shaggy and he goes through a transformation process. After a couple of days, any time his heart rate goes high, he turns into a dog. When he is the dog, when his heart rate slows, he turns back to human - with no clothes. It was a pretty good movie, but there wasn't really an antagonist. Robert Downey Jr. was the actor who played the antagonist, but he didn't really do much in his role. 6. Full Review »
  2. EricaJ.
    Aug 11, 2006
    6
    I thought it was pretty good, definetly a good family movie. If I were still a kid i'd of loved it.
  3. Mar 28, 2015
    4
    I understand these movies aren't supposed to be original. This movie is supposedly for kids. Yet, we've seen that you can make a movie thatI understand these movies aren't supposed to be original. This movie is supposedly for kids. Yet, we've seen that you can make a movie that both kids and adults can enjoy (or kids enjoy and adults ball their eyes out over, I'm looking at you UP and Toy Story 3). But this doesn't even work for kids. If it's for kids, why all the sub plots? Why not more goofy dog CGI hijinx? It's just **** Full Review »