You could say Beverly Hills Chihuahua is Lady and the Tramp meets Viva Zapata!, but seriously, I've seen zestier attitude in a Purina commercial.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
Beverly Hills Chihuahua approaches but never quite achieves a truly spectacular level of absurdity.
Nathan Lee - New York Times
This piece of egregious silliness from Disney - featuring live-action canines with CGI moving mouths - isn't quite as awful as it sounds.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
Ticket buyers older than 8 should simply close their eyes and ponder a more stimulating concept: Beverly Hills Cujo.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
As depressing as it is to find so many gifted artists reduced to making a talking-dog picture, Beverly Hills Chihuahua turns out to be genuinely sweet.
Ann Hornaday - Washington Post
For most of Beverly Hills Chihuahua, all I could think about was Drew Barrymore. What might she have been up to while she recited her lines for Chloe, the spoiled yet sad-looking live-action Chihuahua that speaks in her voice.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
Sublimely silly and oddly poignant, Beverly Hills Chihuahua -- that's right, the one with the talking canines -- is Lady and the Tramp for lap dogs, Roots for pooches, Legally Blonde told from Bruiser's point of view.
Carrie Rickey - Philadelphia Inquirer
The good news: Beverly Hills Chihuahua is not the apocalypse-signaling, cultural abomination its trailers make it out to be. The bad news: That's pretty much the best thing that can be said about it.
Adam Graham - Detroit News
Sure, it's essentially Legally Blonde told from a dog's perspective, down to Chloe's newfound self-awareness, but darned if it isn't awfully cute.
Randy Cordova - Arizona Republic
Peter Debruge - Variety
The film is Beverly Hills Chihuahua. The audience is the fire hydrant.
Kyle Smith - New York Post
If Chihuahua is no Babe or Charlotte's Web, at least it's in the Alvin and the Chipmunks ballpark. Just remember nobody went to the pet store and grabbed a chipmunk on the way home after that one.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
Aside from some obvious racial stereotypes and voices that occasionally stray into Frito Bandito territory, Chihuahua has charm to spare for the adults, while offering plenty to keep young pups enthralled.
Linda Barnard - Toronto Star
Beverly Hills Chihuahua is hardly Best in Show when it comes to Disney dog movies.
Stephen Cole - Globe and Mail
Beverly Hills Chihuahua isn't terrible. OK, it's kind of terrible, but it's a talking-dog movie, and anyone who goes to a talking-dog movie without being prepared to step in poop deserves to ruin his shoes.
Josh Levin - Slate
The story's a bit dog-eared, but the voice cast adds plenty of energetic bite.
Michael Rechtshaffen - Hollywood Reporter
Despite its superficial lip-service to self-actualization/realization, there has to be more to life than what Beverly Hills Chihuahua is putting out there, which is fit for neither man nor beast.
Mark Olsen - Los Angeles Times
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Dean Essner - Digital Spy
Mark Kermode - BBC Radio Five Live
Dave White - Movies.com
...ultimately about as enthralling as a low-rent Saturday morning cartoon.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Gosnell gracelessly walks us through cheap, generic talking dog material, while parents everywhere groan silently to themselves.
David Cornelius - DVDTalk.com
An appealing film for dog lovers and those seeking escapist entertainment.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
In a triumph of animal wrangling and CGI tinkering, the canine cast turn in better performances than some of the humans.
Wendy Ide - Times [UK]
You want to cringe as the picture begins, but you end up quite enjoying it.
Derek Malcolm - This is London
In truth, this good-natured Disney comedy is an engaging romp.
Mark Adams - Daily Mirror [UK]
This live-action Disney comedy is the kind of family film which is aimed not so much at parents, as small children and their goldfish, as long as the goldfish do not have too long an attention span.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
Watchable, largely average family movie, enlivened by decent performances and the occasionally surreal, off-the-wall moment.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
It's hugely silly, but peppy enough to be tolerable. What grates most are the patronising racial stereotypes: the dirty Mexican dogs are just waiting to be rescued by LA ladies and given a good bath.
Anna Smith - Empire Magazine
Silly beyond reason, it somehow manages to win us over despite our doubts, and by the end we're ashamed that we can't stop giggling.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Not that anybody would expect perfection from a film called Beverly Hills Chihuahua, but the chewed bone of a story makes it all mutts ado about nothing.
Elliott Noble - Sky Movies
A state-of-the-art kid-pleaser for sure, but recession-weary parents will probably find it a mite obnoxious.
Chris Hicks - Total Film
Younger audiences will adore this canine caper, though grown-ups might feel its one joke is stretched too far.
Neil Smith - Film4
Only watch this if you adore seeing dogs wearing shades.
Dean Essner - Sun Online
It's put across with enough brio to excuse the inherent stupidity of the premise.
Neil Smith - thelondonpaper
What doesn't make sense is that while the doggies can follow human speech, the humans don't get pooch talk, it's all Yap-Yapanese.
Victor Olliver - Teletext
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
It kind of reaffirmed a lot of cultural stereotypes.
Ben Lyons - At the Movies
It's cute and sweet and funny.
Ben Mankiewicz - At the Movies
... it's a lapdog of a script, all gussied up. And the Beverly Hills scenes made me want to arf.
Michael Wilmington - Movie City News
The terminally cutesy Chihuahua is just another demonstratively derivative kids' narrative that barks up the wrong creative tree...[a] forgettable fleabag farce...
Frank Ochieng - Movie Eye
A single moment of magical realism shows the Babe-that-might-have-been, very charitably speaking, had the makers of this doggie adventure-comedy chosen a more daring and creative route...
Frank Lovece - Film Journal International
What is more confusing, the spelling of the word Chihuahua or how a movie this dull has been number one at the box office two weekends in a row?
Kevin McCarthy - WJFK-FM (CBS Radio)
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
...a sort of live-action hybrid of Lady and the Tramp and Saludos Amigos...
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
Beverly Hills Chihuahua is by no means a good movie, but as plain-old bad ones go, it's as generic and inoffensive as they come.
Todd Gilchrist - IGN Movies
Watch some rich folks with unbelievably pampered pets in an LA enclave make money for studio executives. What would be 'depressing' is if the 'real' world out there ever made the sight of clothed and bejewelled lapdogs talking unfunny, right?
Brian Gibson - Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
It's a happy report that the preview's bark is far worse than the movie's bite. There is a Chihuahua brigade (fronted by Placido Domingo, no less), but thankfully no musical numbers. It's a modestly charming old-dog family film with few new tricks.
Nick Rogers - Suite101.com
Tremendously routine, in a way that an adventure film about talking Chihuahuas should not be.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
A doggone good movie for kids
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
Kids movies over the past few years have proven they can be just as good as grown up films (WALL*E), but this one brings us back to the drawing board.
Austin Kennedy - Sin Magazine
In less enlightened times those responsible for making animals talk would have been burnt at the stake as sorcerers. That's why those times were known as 'the good old days.'
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Even after a slow start, this silly kiddie flick has a little more pep than you might expect. It's no doggie classic, but neither does it deserve a pooper scooper.
Donald Munro - Fresno Bee
a shallow cinematic shill at best.
Bill Gibron - Filmcritic.com
The script's one original idea, a lost Aztec city populated solely by militant chihuahuas, comes too late to save this dog of a movie.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
For the seven year olds out there, this is a perfectly fun movie and there's nothing that a cranky film critic can say to sour the experience.
Sean McBride - Sean the Movie Guy
Delgado (voiced by Andy Garcia), a reluctantly heroic German Shepherd, definitely deserves a movie of his own! Eat your heart out, Rin Tin Tin.
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
This anthropomorphic tale will likely please the kiddies, and the animal trainers and vocal talent are to be commended, but anyone over the age of twelve will be bored.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
This being Disney, wholesome character-building messages abound, but for once they're freshly spun as cautions against stereotyping both ethnic and canine.
Ella Taylor - L.A. Weekly
The predictable story may be enough to keep dog-obsessed children entertained, assuming they don't get distressed by the pups-in-peril aspects, but for adults it's only sporadically entertaining.
Dean Essner - The Australian
I spent a lot of time in the early scenes wondering how much Jamie Lee Curtis had to be paid to go on cooing in a demented way as Viv, Chloe's besotted owner.
Sandra Hall - Sydney Morning Herald
What appeared to have all the potential of a so-bad-it's-fun masterpiece turned out to just be an average friendly enough kid's flick that often wanders the deserts of Mexico without much direction.
Jennifer Cady - E! Online
some will think this is a cute funny movie, and the rest of us will go running and screaming from the theater begging God to take away our eyesight so we never have to see it again
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
Margaret Pomeranz - At the Movies (Australia)
Most movies in the talking-dog genre -- yes, unfortunately, there are enough of them to be a genre -- feature dogs doing stand-up shtick. But the pooches in Beverly Hill Chihuahua have character, and so does the movie.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
A live-action movie with a boatload of cute pooches that, despite bewitching effects and a charming voice cast, buries its sentiment in a too-tangled tale.
Sue Pierman - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
A welcome surprise.
Ruth Hessey - MovieTime, ABC Radio National
Depending on your tolerance for talking Chihuahuas, this live-action comic offering from Disney could make for a fun family night out.
Walter V. Addiego - San Francisco Chronicle
In a year light on family films, this may be a good bet. Exciting adventure, admirable messages, and good, clean fun--but be warned, its bite is worse than its bark!
Brandon Fibbs - Christianity Today
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
In the words of another famous talking dog, Beverly Hills Chihuahua looks like something for me to poop on.
Kevin Williamson - Jam! Movies
The real stars of this film are the dogs. The humans were lackluster in comparison. But the reality is that you can't beat talking dogs on the cuteness meter.
Kevin Carr - Film School Rejects
If celebrity purebred Tinkerbell sees this canine consciousness-raiser, there could be a putsch in Paris Hilton's purse.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
[During the credits]Disney warns people to be careful when picking a dog and that all dogs deserve a good home. If only they were that concerned about their movie.
Gary Wolcott - Tri-City Herald
A Lady and the Tramp for the Taco Bell set, Beverly Hills Chihuahua fits nicely into the long line of Disney dog movies designed to delight children and animal lovers.
Glenn Whipp - Los Angeles Daily News
Chihuahua turns out to be a pretty good family comedy that is more than the sum of its effects.
Tom Keogh - Seattle Times
It's hard to go wrong with a movie full of talking dogs. But the makers of Beverly Hills Chihuahua sure try.
Chris Kaltenbach - Baltimore Sun
It's still only October, but I'll go ahead and say it: Beverly Hills Chihuahua is the best film of 2008 starring a purse dog.
Carla Meyer - Sacramento Bee
Paris Hilton and lower-level office workers who own calendars featuring Weimaraners wearing hats will love it.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
Disney is now content with the likes of the wholly inoffensive, uninventive Beverly Hills Chihuahua, whose canine antics will divert undemanding youngsters and adults who believe the simple absence of profanity, sex and violence counts as a virtue.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
At first glance, it seems like just another 'cute' movie where we see life through the eyes of an animal. Your first glance would actually be pretty accurate but as far as this genre goes, the kids should love it and adults won't need to keep checking the
Jeffrey Lyles - Gazette (MD)
Compared to the best doggie flicks, it may be the runt of the litter, but like most mutts it grows on you.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
A surprise charmer that mixes family-friendly slapstick with shrewd adult humor.
Rafer Guzman - Newsday
A painfully unfunny, virtually charmless talking-animals pic. What did the lovely Jamie Lee Curtis see in this project that she felt warranted coming out of semi-retirement for?
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
For kids who like dogs and grown-ups who don't mind a movie filled with pro-adopt-a-shelter-dog messages, it could theoretically be worse.
Keith Phipps - AV Club
Could Cheech Marin ever have predicted that he would once again appear in a movie that features his signature song, "Low Rider," and that it would be such a dog?
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
Like most recent Disney movies, this one has way too much going on in it, as if the producers were assuaging their distrust of the premise with meandering subplots and unnecessary characters.
William Arnold - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Once it gets the dumb 'Talk to the paw!' jokes out of its system, it's actually a reasonably charming, mostly benign kids' movie that adults can watch without their heads exploding.
Eric D. Snider - Cinematical
The good news is that "Beverly Hills Chihuahua" is not the 90-minute-long ethnic joke that the incessant trailers have been promising for the last few months. The bad news is that it isn't much of anything else either.
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
An unfunny, uninventive live-action variation on animated Disney animal adventures Lady and the Tramp, Oliver and Company and The Aristocats.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
Portraying Mexico as a breeding ground for criminal activity, imagining the local police as incompetent fools, and encouraging lines such as "hold your tacos!," the movie doesn't exactly make a strong case for racial harmony.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
Like CNN, the film assumes it needs nothing more than our unlimited interest in the drama of a white female gone missing in a foreign country.
Amy Nicholson - Boxoffice Magazine
While CGI works its ventriloquism on the doggy mandibles, it neglects the human contingent, who are left to fend for themselves amid the manipulated menagerie.
Anna King - Time Out New York
Upbeat talking-animal adventure is fun for kids.
Sandie Angulo Chen - Common Sense Media
While it doesn't work particularly well on any of those levels, it is a colourful addition to the always popular talking dog genre.
John Hazelton - Screen International
Actually better than its premise and its trailer might lead you to expect.
Philippa Hawker - The Age (Australia)
It's cute alright, with wild ideas, funny lines and a central premise that reinforces loyalty and being true to yourself. Beyond the obvious frivolity
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile