If the phrase ''From the producer of Garfield'' doesn't scare you off, then step right up.
Adam Markovitz - Entertainment Weekly
Like most movies aimed at the kindergarten set, Marmaduke balances its giggly, gross-out gags with a stern moral agenda.
Stephen Holden - New York Times
Lines like "Get your bark on," "Who let the dogs out?" and "Cowabarka" abound. Many of the jokes revolve around excretory functions.
Michael O'Sullivan - Washington Post
When one of the last sounds you hear in a work of family entertainment is a Great Dane passing gas, there's only one conclusion to be drawn. The movie hates your family.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
Its only redeeming values are an insane dog-surfing competition that feels like a weird dream you may have once had, and a mangy street mongrel whose slobbery lips give perhaps the finest Sam Elliott performance ever. The rest is pure kibble.
Joe Neumaier - New York Daily News
It's a lot of twists and turns for very little reward. But bottom line, will the kids like it? Quite possibly.
Nancy Churnin - Dallas Morning News
The moment I saw Marmaduke's big drooling lips moving, I knew I was in trouble.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
As talking-dog movies go, Marmaduke makes Beverly Hills Chihuahua look like Up.
Carrie Rickey - Philadelphia Inquirer
Kids deserve better. Heck, dogs deserve better.
Tom Long - Detroit News
Scripters Tim Rasmussen and Vince Di Meglio have cobbled together a plot from bits and pieces of other family-friendly pics.
Joe Leydon - Variety
I'm envisioning a sequel that joins together two towering franchises, only with an R rating for excessive gore: Marmaduke Versus Alvin and the Chipmunks, anyone?
Kyle Smith - New York Post
Even by talking-critter comedy standards, Marmaduke lacks mirth and imagination.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
Marmaduke is a dog of a film that deserves to be put down.
Bruce Demara - Toronto Star
This is another opus to take that small, well-trodden step from the funny pages to the big screen. But we're in live-action territory here, meaning that real people actors compete for camera time with real dog actors.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
Bland sitcom romp based on the long-running comic strip features wisecracking canines in a beach-set family story.
Luke Sader - Hollywood Reporter
It's kind of fun. For about five minutes.
Glenn Whipp - Los Angeles Times
a gross mis-use of CGI animals
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
full review at Movies for the Masses
Joseph Proimakis - Movies for the Masses
Marmaduke sinks to Beverly Hills Chihuahua levels of awfulness and only reaffirms that talking animals aren't funny -- they're boring.
Jason Zingale - Bullz-Eye.com
Spectacularly sentimental, full of ridiculous computer-animated action, and makes sure its animals are a good deal less pallid than the humans on view.
Derek Malcolm - This is London
There is only so much fun you can have with a talking dog and Marmaduke quickly exhausts the possibilities.
- Daily Express
Better than Cats & Dogs, but praise hardly comes much lower.
Tim Robey - Daily Telegraph
Fans of the single-panel cartoon that has run in newspapers since the 1950s will find plenty to disappoint them in this live-action adaptation.
The incoherent, moralising script demeans a number of actors, including William H. Macy, Judy Greer and David Walliams, reduced by a kindly editor to an ineffective cameo.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
Dogs may be for life but the memory of this film will last about 20 seconds.
Limara Salt - Little White Lies
Anthony Quinn - Independent
Mirthless family romp that hits all the lowest comedy dominators.
Helen OHara - Empire Magazine
Once upon a time, there was a promising young acting talent who went by the name of Owen Wilson.
Sophie Ivan - Film4
Generally has its heart in the right place, there's some good slapstick and you have to admire the patience of filmmakers who are prepared to work with this many animals on one set.
Graham Young - Birmingham Post
Although comfortably under 90 minutes, Marmaduke is an epic chore to sit through.
Ben Rawson-Jones - Digital Spy
With his eyes goggling and his gob smudging all over the place, he looks like a haunted painting.
Robbie Collin - News of the World
Never veers from The Hollywood Guide To Mid-Budget Family Fare.
Elliott Noble - Sky Movies
While not quite as bad as it could have been, this is very much Hollywood-schmaltz-by-numbers.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
You could do worse with young kids, and they'll romp along with Marmaduke's throwaway adventures, it's just there's much better stuff out there that will entertain viewers above the age of 10 too.
Sam Bathe - Fan The Fire
It's as if Pixar never happened.
Alistair Harkness - Scotsman
The novelty quickly fades since -- you guessed it -- the story's just not there.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
It's dull and conventional, turning a half-century of mischief into 80 minutes of yawns.
Brian Orndorf - Dark Horizons
[It] sounds like the makings of a totally rad John Hughes movie. Instead, it's an intermittently amusing parable about an outcast's ascension, as performed by a pack of digitally manipulated dogs. Next.
Kimberley Jones - Austin Chronicle
Marmaduke was never meant to star in his own movie; trying to strap a story to his back ends up a clunky and often lame affair.
Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile
'The conventionality and predictability of every scene, the lame puns, the absence of comic rhythm, the fart jokes butt-ending the film--all was sly metafilmic parody of the sheer banality and crassness of so much present-day film comedy, yes?' (Silence.)
Brian Gibson - Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
The movie works in a way that toddlers and early primary schoolers will definitely dig.
Leigh Paatsch - Herald Sun (Australia)
...a bottom-of-the-barrel family film...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
It's not like the movie's target audience has fond memories of a newspaper comic strip. They probably don't even know that newspapers were things people used to read.
Dave White - Movies.com
Previously, director Tom Dey made "Failure to Launch" and "Showtime," the latter of which was one of the worst movies of 2002. Congratulations Tom, you've done it again in 2010 with "Marmaduke."
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Crammed with more recycled offal than a can of Alpo, Marmaduke exults in fart jokes, offensive stereotypes (the cat, voiced by George Lopez, laps guacamole), and sloppy storytelling. Bad, bad dog.
Alicia Potter - Boston Phoenix
It's a talking-animal movie based on a one-joke, not-very-funny comic strip. That should be sufficient information for anyone old enough to read this review.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Truly a milquetoast Scooby Snack for pet-friendly families who thrill to computer-generated mouth movements on real-life four-legged critters.
Stephen Garrett - Time Out
Well, here's another talking-animal movie, full of computer-generated imagery and body-function humor.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
What's next: a Family Circus movie? Where o where is the hero who will save us?
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Insipid and lumbering - with a title character perpetually emitting noxious gas fumes.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
Will entertain the kids but it should have been a Disney Channel movie
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
I had a Scooby-Doo nightmare flashback.
Michael Phillips - At the Movies
This movie is one big dog.
A.O. Scott - At the Movies
Biting the neighbors' tires for 90 minutes seems like a far better use of time. Like an overpopulated puppy park on a Fourth of July weekend, this shaggy dog story stinks to high heaven.
Kimberly Gadette - Indie Movies Online
A low-impact kid's comedy, "Marmaduke" may have little in common with the comic strip upon which it's based but remains a perfectly viable flick for dog-loving families.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
This threadbare film mostly feels like a way to keep out-of-school kids occupied during summertime.
Tim Grierson - Screen International
Instead of spending $20 or more on tickets to Marmaduke, read the original strip for free at http://comics.com/marmaduke. In addition to the more agreeable price, it also has more laughs.
Dan Lybarger - eFilmCritic.com
- National Post
It contains approximately twice the laughs of "Sex and the City 2" and half the number of bitches.
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
Remember when talking animals used to be funny?
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
If Hollywood insists on cranking out movies about dogs that won't stop yapping at us, I hope they'll all be as well-made as Marmaduke.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
No, the farting, peeing and dancing dogs don't add anything -- at least on the positive side -- to the proceedings that mercifully clock in at less than 90 minutes. (Parental Review also Available)
Jim Judy - Screen It!
Insulting and vile... Marmaduke presumes that [children] are the most loathsome, stupid beings in the world.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
The only revelation in this movie is that stilted dialogue doesn't sound any better coming out of a computer-animated dog's mouth than a human's.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
This tale of a philosophical Great Dane who speaks with Owen Wilson's voice is not entirely without merit. Well, actually, it is, but never mind.
Liz Braun - Jam! Movies
In a genre so choked with cynical films, this one was made with enough skill and heart to make its emotional payoffs believable and welcome.
Jason Heck - Kansas City Star
Brad Anderson's long-running saga of the melty-looking Winslow family and the gangling, interfering Great Dane that should've been put to sleep ages ago gets a film treatment.
Nick Pinkerton - L.A. Weekly
The dogs are cute -- I'll say that for it.
Amy Biancolli - San Francisco Chronicle
A bland, predictable blend of bad comedy and sentimentality.
Pam Grady - Boxoffice Magazine
For any adult, to watch Marmaduke is to stare into the gaping, digitally-enhanced maw of fluffy mediocrity for a ninety-minute stretch of valuable lifetime.
William Goss - Cinematical
This is a film that begins and ends with a fart joke. And those are two of the highlights.
Brian Tallerico - Movie Retriever
Somewhat amusing, but often cringe-worthy, cheesy, silly and, worst of all, fails to engage kids and adults simultaneously.
Avi Offer - NYC Movie Guru
America's favorite Great Dane is more "O.C." than "Lassie."
Sandie Angulo Chen - Common Sense Media
Because nobody demanded it, here's a live-action version of the five-decade-old comic strip about an abnormally large Great Dane. Insert your own "dog days of summer" joke here.
Ethan Alter - Film Journal International
Well, at least the dogs are cute.
Clint O'Connor - Cleveland Plain Dealer
There is only one word that can aptly describe this film --- painful!
Jeanne Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
These low-jinks wouldn't even make it on Letterman's Stupid Pet Tricks.
David Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
How bad is Marmaduke? Let's put it this way: Garfield, come home - all is forgiven.
Daniel M. Kimmel - New England Movies Weekly
Basically a Saved By the Bell episode performed by talking animals.
Katey Rich - CinemaBlend.com
Is there really a reason to insult the intelligence of children so?
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
The first of many instances of doggy-doo humor comes about three minutes into the film.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
A pathetic waste of time and money for all concerned, the movie pushes one's patience to the brink.
one long cringe-fest that starts out abysmally and gets worse with horrifying determination.
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
In terms of his longevity in the newspapers, 'Marmaduke' is a very old dog. And the movie has no new tricks up its paws.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
A lame, worn-out story wrapped in a pelt of fluffy dog fur.
Dezhda Gaubert - E! Online
Marmaduke the movie is exactly the kind of mind-numbing kiddie trash that parents dread taking their kids to.
Simon Abrams - Slant Magazine
Too bad Marmaduke wasn't released a few years ago, when forced viewings of it might have been offered as a suitable punishment for Michael Vick.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
It's no Babe, but it's no bomb either.
Bill Gibron - Filmcritic.com
Will future film historians, looking back, consider these CGI animal comedies to be the true horror movies of the 2000s?
Josh Larsen - LarsenOnFilm
You have to wonder what it was that got the talented Macy onboard, aside from a paycheck.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Kids love dogs and fart jokes. The goods are being delivered to the target audience. All others should look away.
Keith Phipps - AV Club
A sprightly family comedy about a frisky Great Dane and his human companion who both learn new things during a major transition in their lives.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
The unenviable task of adapting a famously mediocre newspaper comic is one the filmmakers meet with noticeable strain.
Michelle Orange - Movieline
The flea-bitten screenplay seems to have been plucked from the wastebasket of recycled ideas and rewritten by someone whose third language was English -- after Danish and Dog.
Joe Williams - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Staple of newspapers since 1954, leaving the producers over 50 years of canine antics to help build a screenplay. So, naturally, they invent a series of urine and fart jokes to best service the enduring legacy of the rascally Great Dane.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
No animals were used, and no humans were entertained in the making of this movie.
Matt Pais - Metromix.com