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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 31%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Rallies at the end to prevent chaperoning adults from feeling their time was completely wasted."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"A waggish tale of canine chicanery, an uproarious if impawsible symphony of drool, doggy fidelity and chewed shoes."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"A sloppy but lovable pooch of a movie."
‑ M. Faust, Common Sense Media
"I love dogs, but still had trouble getting through this."
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
"You'll laugh, You'll cry, You'll Howl?"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"Elevated from the doldrums of Digby-esque sentimentality by a surprisingly bouncy script, the film is also redeemed by regular interludes of acerbic dialogue and a brace of fine supporting performances."
‑ , Time Out
"It's the kind of clever, innocuous family entertainment that's always in short supply."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A safely banal concoction in the tradition of the bland live-action Disney features cranked out during the Magic Kingdom's dispirited years after Walt's death."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Overbearing (actually overdogging) family comedy."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"Family gets dog. Dog is large. Insert laugh track here. Still, it's a whole lot better than the wretched (and endless) series of sequels."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"Beethoven is no classic, but it's a sunny, energetic children's film with a good notion of what young audiences like."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"A family comedy about a wacky & destructive St. Bernard that is totally without any merit whatsoever."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Kids will 'ooh' and 'aah' over the shaggy, doe-eyed doggy as it demolishes the family home, but grown-ups should stay on the sofa and enjoy the acerbic asides which distinguish this offering from the glut of cute mongrel movies."
‑ , Film4
"Anti-working mom bias gives a sour feeling to an otherwise innocuous dog movie."
‑ Nell Minow, Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
"The first half of the film is amusing, but when it turns to a distasteful subplot that has an evil veterinarian/scientist stealing pets for nasty experiments, it goes sour."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
More reviews for Beethoven on Rotten Tomatoes

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