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Hotel for Dogs Review Critics


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Pugs in little outfits. Read full review

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  • 3.0

    out of 100

    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 42

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    There are still cuddly pups and piddle jokes aplenty.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Between the dogged efforts of the kids to save strays and the antics of the dogs, it's hard to resist this lively, though predictable, family movie.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    It's sad to see a promising fantasy turn into yet another industrial-scale fantasy-delivery system that beats up on its audience with mindless intensity and undercuts its own humanity -- and caninity -- in the process.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    It's a pretty lazy film in the creativity department save for the dogs.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 7+

Young pet lovers will get a kick out of dog comedy.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this Nickelodeon-produced comedy about an orphaned brother and sister (played by tween faves Emma Roberts and Jake T. Austin) who set up a secret refuge for stray dogs is targeted squarely at the family market. Because the main characters are orphans living in foster care, there are some references to dead parents, but it doesn't get too emotional. And with no swearing or consumerism and only mild flirting (though there are a couple of kisses), the movie is age-appropriate for grade-schoolers while still appealing to tweens.

  • Families can talk about why so many movie kids are orphans. Do you feel more sympathy for kids who don't have parents? Do they seem like bigger heroes than other kids?
  • Do movies like this ever make you anxious about your own family?Parents: Talk to your kids about any fears or worries they might haveabout being without you.
  • Kids: Can you think of ways that youractions can make a positive change in your community?

The good stuff
  • educationalvalue true1

    Educational value: May help teach kids the importance of community involvement.

  • message true2

    Messages: Overall, despite a bit of iffy behavior on the part of the main characters, the film sends the message that young people can make a difference in their communities.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: The siblings are very close, but they also do some iffy things to make money -- like pawning fake cell phones.

What to watch for
  • violence false1

    Violence and scariness: Slapsticky violence like characters falling, stepping on poop and pee, etc. Also references to dead parents and "awful" foster care.

  • sex false1

    Sexy stuff: Teenagers flirt, and one couple kisses, while another girl gives a boy a quick smooch. A teenage boy calls two characters "fine" and "hot."

  • language false1

    Language: Very mild -- "stupid."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue