Hotel for Dogs
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Adapted from author Lois Duncan's 1971 children's book of the same name, director Thor Freudenthal's Hotel for Dogs follows two mischievous orphans as they attempt to hide dozens of stray dogs in an abandoned hotel. Disheartened by their new guardians' announcement that pets are strictly forbidden, 16-year-old Andi (Emma Roberts) and her younger brother, Bruce (Jake T. Austin), race to find a home for their loyal dog Friday. Fortunately for Friday, there's an abandoned hotel just around the corner, and Bruce possesses just the kind of mechanical smarts needed to transform… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 45%

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"True, there's only the merest suggestion of an education system for these juveniles, but credibility's secondary when you've got lots of dogs doing cute stuff."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"Dog people will like it."
‑ Ben Lyons, At the Movies
"Undemanding tykes will gets their giggles flowing with the Rube Goldberg-style contraptions invented for the dogs."
‑ Phil Hall, EDGE Boston
"Not bad. It is funny and touching at times, even though the premise is pretty close to impossible."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"So, never work with children and animals, eh?"
‑ Simon Weaving, Screenwize
"All in all it's a very pleasant way to spend the afternoon with a bunch of kids."
‑ Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times
"It's sad to see a promising fantasy turn into yet another industrial-scale fantasy-delivery system that beats up on its audience with mindless intensity and undercuts its own humanity."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"...unapologetically geared towards younger viewers..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"You'll admire the doggie tricks and tolerate the rest, which is both the best and worst thing that can be said about it."
‑ David Cornelius,
"Até mesmo Cheadle e Kudrow, dois intérpretes normalmente confiáveis, parecem estar no piloto automático nesta produção que tem, como único atrativo, os truques de seu elenco de quatro patas."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Will the kids like it? Yeah, probably. Will the parents tolerate it or enjoy it? Probably not."
‑ Ben Mankiewicz, At the Movies
"The human dramas are less involving [than the dogs'], and a pair of teen romances feel like something on the Disney Channel."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"All that matters is that the loose ends of this sweet, kids-outsmart-the-adults fable are ultimately tied together nicely in a fashion certain to satisfy the average five year-old by the time the closing credits roll."
‑ Kam Williams, NewsBlaze
"In Thor Freudenthal's heartwarming wag based on Lois Duncan's book, the strays aren't your usual mangy curs but well-groomed pedigreed show dogs who're aw-shucks cute."
‑ Tom Meek, Boston Phoenix
"The dogs are never quite as entertaining as they should be for the kids in the audience, and the hypercutesiness and speechifying at the end will lead to much tightening of adult sphincters."
‑ Peter Whittle, Times [UK]
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