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The Shaggy Dog Review Critics


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

  • 3.0

    out of 100

    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 30

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    The Shaggy Dog is paint, or more appropriately here, pant by the numbers. It also manages a one-two punch -- it will upset small children and bore their parents. There's just no other way to say this: Disney, that movie of yours is a dog.

  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    It says something for Robert Downey Jr. that in a movie where a man becomes a dog, Downey creates the weirdest character.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    In movies as in life, superior technology doesn't necessarily trump humor, magic or really shaggy dogs.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    May not make you howl, but it does offer a few bona fide belly laughs.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Luke Sader

    A fast-moving Walt Disney Co. comedy that manages to sail past many of the cliches usually found in this genre while throwing together a wild story line more apt for a new millennium.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    The star (Allen), unleashed, is so energetic in his approximation of a bearded collie -- his nose sniffing the air, his whole being (which toggles between human and canine form) overcome by the need to fetch any stick thrown -- that his slobbery charm carries the picture.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 7+

Silly remake will entertain grade schoolers.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that because this story involves animals, there's a lot of butt-sniffing and slapstick jokes. While no animals are harmed, an injection with a large needle and cattle prod are used to threaten them and -- since he's a dog --Tim Allen. Allen inadvertently appears nude in front of the courthouse (although no nudity is shown) and mutters, "Everyone's gonna need therapy after this."

  • Families can talk about what it would be like to live, albeit briefly, as someone or something else. If your kids could transform into anything, what would they pick and why?
  • For the more adventurous, you might ask what your kids think aboutcruelty in animal testing, which the teenage daughter is activelyprotesting. Are there ever circumstances when it's necessary to test onanimals?

The good stuff
  • message true3

    Messages: Bad behavior is met with consequences.

  • rolemodels true4

    Role models: Dave begins the film with his priorities out of whack, but with the intervention of a little animal chaos, straightens him right out, and reminds him what is really important in his life.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence and scariness: Cattle prod, injections used to threaten animals. Mild peril.

  • sex false0

    Sexy stuff: Nudity is implied but not shown as Tim Allen changes back and forth into a canine.

  • language false0

    Language: Words such as butt and pee.

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Numerous Kellogg's product placements (Pop Tarts, Special K, Rice Krispies) and Coca-Cola products (Coke, Diet Coke, Minute Maid).

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue