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Good Boy! 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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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    No new ground is dug up in Good Boy, but the story is well-paced, sweet and lively, filling a void for very young filmgoers.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Mostly, Good Boy! exists for the middle section where youngsters and dogs speak the same language. These escapades, all taking place under the adults' radar, generate many sound laughs.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    Little is asked of talking-animal movies, save charm, heart, and at least one scene where said animal wears a lampshade. Good Boy! has all those things, plus a winning story line.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune

    A tearily adorable canine valentine.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 6+

Not particularly imaginative, but not the worst.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there are some mild naughty words in this movie ("screwed up"), a couple of mild double entendres, and some potty jokes. The dogs are exposed to laughing gas and get a little tipsy. Characters face a little mild peril and some tense situations, but everything turns out fine. One of the movie's strengths is its understated, even casual, portrayal of a diverse community, including a nice friendship between an African-American girl and a white boy.

  • Families can talk about why it was hard for Owen to make friends and why Connie kept hanging out with the two bullies. What makes people act like bullies?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Some bathroom humor.

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence and scariness: Mild peril, no one hurt. Mild peril.

  • sex false0

    Sexy stuff: Not an issue

  • language false3

    Language: Some schoolyard naughty words.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Dogs get tipsy on laughing gas.