Benji - Off the Leash
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Directed by Joe Camp, Benji: Off the Leash! follows the plight of three underdogs: Benji, who is literally a dog; the funny but none-too-bright Sheldon; and Colby, a 14-year-old facing some real problems. The unlikely trio is brought together by the nefarious efforts of an ill-intentioned puppy breeder who wants to use Benji's mother in an irresponsible backyard puppy mill. The film serves as a prequel of sorts to the Benji franchise, and features Chris Kendrick, Nick Whitaker, Duane Stephens, Randall Newsome, and, of course, Benji the Dog.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 33%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A mildly pleasant, aggressively retro kidpic that should please undemanding moppets without unduly boring their parents."
‑ Joe Leydon, Variety
"Parents ... are more likely to experience the film as a blend of clumsy slapstick and mind-numbing bathos."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"Charming movie featuring an adorable dog."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"...nothing in this boring and inept movie is salvageable."
‑ Tony Toscano, Talking Pictures (U.S.)
"This is by far the best of the Benji films, with appeal to both adults and kids alike."
‑ Vince Koehler, Entertainment Spectrum
"All the Benji productions have had a high corn content, but in this one, even the corn is cheap."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"Long before the happy ending arrives, even the most dedicated dog lover will have ceased to care."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"Lacks creativity. The first Benji was original, and each new sequel needs to be a new creation. Instead, we get the same Benji formula."
‑ Mary Lasse, Christianity Today
"The movie is so earnest and sweet that to criticize it harshly would be like kicking a dog, and far be it from me to go there."
‑ Eric D. Snider,
"Good intentions aside, the return of writer-director-producer Joe Camp's "Benji" is terminally boring."
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"The overall unevenness of tone is the movie's biggest flaw, but the slo-mo scenes of doggie derring-do are quite funny, and the message about how to treat both humans and animals evergreen."
‑ Donna Peremes, Washington Post
"It all plays very much like an extremely drawn-out episode of Lassie updated with references to child, spousal and dog abuse."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"Horrible, loathsome, incompetent, wretched. The worst movie of the year? Undoubtedly."
‑ David Cornelius,
"A fun and frolicsome adventure for the entire family."
‑ Frank Wilkins, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"Families in search of a happy ending will have to hope that the next Benji movie is "Benji Finds a Better Script.""
‑ Nell Minow, Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
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