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  • Starring: , ,
  • Summary: After an accident in the mysterious lab of maniacal scientist Dr. Simon Barsinister, an ordinary beagle unexpectedly finds himself with unimaginable powers and the ability to speak. Armed with a fetching superhero costume, Underdog vows to protect the beleaguered citizens of Capitol City and, in particular, one beautiful spaniel named Polly Purebread. When a sinister plot by Barsinister and his overgrown henchman Cad threatens to destroy Capitol City only Underdog can save the day. (Disney) Expand
  • Director: Frederik Du Chau
  • Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Comedy, Family
  • Rating: PG
  • Runtime: 84 min
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 16
  2. Negative: 6 out of 16
  1. This digitized update, with Jason Lee as a huskier, more generic Underdog, mostly drops the doggerel, but the endearing airborne-beagle effects help to offset the formula twists.
  2. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    63
    If you're expecting anything resembling the beloved cartoon, you'll enjoy the title sequence and nothing else. If, however, you set your expectations just low enough, or are an easily satisfied 8-year-old, you might have a bit of fun.
  3. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    50
    Falls somewhere between stale retread and half-hearted parody of superhero-movie formulas.
  4. Reviewed by: Jim Ridley
    40
    Even the promising team of Peter Dinklage’s mad scientist Simon Barsinister and Patrick Warburton’s henchman Cad turns out to be a bust.
  5. 38
    The bite and bark of Underdog are both pretty awful, but little kids might take this pooch for a walk.
  6. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    38
    For adults -- even adults with fond memories of the TV series -- this is one bizarre mess.
  7. 16
    The result is unfit for humankind.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 12
  2. Negative: 6 out of 12
  1. Kellyp.
    Aug 8, 2007
    10
    It is a really good movie..i love dogs and this sis a really good comedy feature!
  2. Mar 26, 2011
    7
    I really enjoyed this movie, older audiences may not enjoy but younger audiences will be sucked in immediately by it's humor and intentionally goofy story. Collapse
  3. QB.
    Aug 7, 2007
    6
    Not a great film by any stretch of the imagination, but I laughed. and I enjoyed the homages.
  4. Apr 30, 2014
    3
    Underdog is an easily forgettable, throwaway flick strictly for children. The movie is sloppy, derivative, and cheesy, and never thrills us or gives us any compensation for its bad script. Expand
  5. Jun 15, 2014
    2
    Two is generous, one is fair, and zero is understandable. Its plot and writing is macabre, and Peter Dinklage's acting is wasted on this pathetic and clichéd villain. The entire film is a cliché, and one that fails to even make fun of the superhero genre. Making animals heros is already boring, and in a way disturbing to me Expand
  6. Nov 13, 2013
    2
    Underdog is underwhelming.
    This had all the makings to be a cute family film, but ends up just being puke worthy. There are no laughs, there
    is no story, and there is no message. A mindless, brainless, overly goof movie that a five year old goof of written. Expand
  7. Jan 8, 2012
    1
    A weak, unfunny, not very heroic movie that you see and only very young children are set to enjoy. The film also suffers because it tries to hard to be heartwarming and warm when it becomes the opposite. I give this film 14%. Expand

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