Good Boy!
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For his debut feature, John Hoffman wrote and directed this effects-heavy family film based on the story Dogs from Outer Space by Zeke Richardson. Produced by Jim Henson Productions, Good Boy! presents the idea that dogs are actually an intelligent alien species sent to earth thousands of years ago to spy on humans in preparation for a full-scale invasion and takeover. But when the spies stop reporting back to the home planet, Canid 3942 (voiced by Matthew Broderick) is sent to earth to investigate. Once there, Canid 3942 encounters Owen Baker (Liam Aiken), a young boy who runs a dog-walking… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 45%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Jim Henson Pictures happy meal."
‑ Richard Gehr, Village Voice
"Surprisingly nimble and fun to watch."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"Not particularly imaginative, but not the worst."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"The ensuing wackiness will no doubt please children given to mooning over the family pet; it will lull their parents into a painless, agreeable stupor."
‑ Adam Nayman, eye WEEKLY
"Good, wholesome fun."
‑ Kevin Carr, Film Threat
"... terrible, terrible movie."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"No new ground is dug up in Good Boy, but the story is well-paced, sweet and lively, filling a void for very young filmgoers."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"This high-concept melding of E.T., Dr. Doolittle, and Roots is goofy enough to intrigue."
‑ Andrew Wright, Portland Mercury
"Good Boy! is in that mid-range of family films that kids will like and that parents will enjoy rather than endure."
‑ Daniel M. Kimmel, Worcester Telegram & Gazette
""Good Boy!" is rather fetching, especially for the small fry."
‑ Linda Cook, Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
"A simple but perfectly satisfying little story about a boy who wants to keep his dog."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"A film which effectively capitalizes on the human heart's weakness for cute things."
‑ Daphne Gordon, Toronto Star
"...perfectly suited for the small screen..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Like a flea-ridden old hound that hasn't learnt any new tricks and insists on slobbering over your shoelaces, it's curiously loveable all the same."
‑ Jamie Russell,
"First-time director John Hoffman ... betrays a novice touch, shuttling the film between slapstick sequences and sentimental excess."
‑ Harry Haun, Film Journal International
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