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Cats & Dogs Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 10

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Grindingly tedious.

  • 50

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    USA Today Mike Clark

    This family entertainment hard sell lags far behind even "Dr. Dolittle 2."

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Mark Caro

    Some stunts and jokes are genuinely clever.

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    The plot and script sag like worn out chew toys just when Cats & Dogs should be in full squeak.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    One of the movie's most enjoyable in-jokes is the way some of the animals actually look a little like the humans doing their voices.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 5+

Plenty of heart and hijinks mixed with litter box humor.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie features several potty jokes and a great deal of comic/fantasy violence (no one hurt). Some children may be upset about an elderly character on life support, especially when his condition is used for comedy. A boy is sad when his dog disappears, and is reluctant to make friends with a replacement. The movie is mildly sexist -- although one of the spy dogs is female, she is not a part of the team, and the message that goes out to the spy dogs is prefaced with "gentlemen." A boy's feelings are hurt when he does so badly at soccer try-outs (off screen) that the coach suggests that he try out for the girls' team.

  • Families can talk about the different ways that the cats and dogs deal with failure and setbacks and their ability to work as a team.
  • Families can also talk about Ivy's comment, "Sometimes mad is just a way of hiding how sad you are." Have you ever felt this way?

The good stuff
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    Messages: While there's plenty of litter box humor, this movie comes down on the side of loyalty and the importance of family.

What to watch for
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    Violence and scariness: Characters in peril, and plenty of comic slapstick violence between animals. Sad disappearance of a dog.

  • sex false1

    Sexy stuff: Mild references to whether a male dog has been fixed.

  • language false1

    Language: Some mild language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue