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The long-running cartoon from William Hanna and Joseph Barbera that began life in 1969 as Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? becomes this live-action, tongue-in-cheek comedy-adventure featuring a computer-generated version of the easily frightened, mush-mouthed Great Dane. Freddie Prinze Jr. stars as Fred, the blonde, confident, ascot-sporting leader of Mystery Inc., a ghost-busting service that exposes phony supernatural phenomena as the work of shysters. Working with Fred are: his rich, beautiful girlfriend, Daphne (Sarah Michelle Gellar), who has a bad habit of getting kidnapped by villains; Velma… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 30%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Scooby-Doo knows when to take itself seriously and when to laugh at itself -- even if its audience isn't laughing along at every gag."
‑ Robert K. Elder, Chicago Tribune
"Much funnier than it has any right to be, and filled with just enough inside jokes to please longtime fans of the cartoon franchise."
‑ Joe Leydon, Variety
"Everyone got into the spirit of the movie (no pun intended) and made a cute film."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
""Scooby Doo" really didn't need a big screen adaptation, and this terribly unfunny, weird live action variation proves it."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson,
"The acting is stiff, the story lacks all trace of wit, the sets look like they were borrowed from Gilligan's Island -- and the CGI Scooby might well be the worst special-effects creation of the year."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"The movie drags, and the occasional bursts of mirth and self-referential humor can't save it from bogging down."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Too scary for most kids, too dumb for most teens."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"O roteiro é, na melhor das hipóteses, medíocre, mas o charme dos personagens acaba se refletindo na tela grande."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"... About as close as it can be to the TV series without being animated."
‑ Greg Maki, Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
"As this movie knows what it is, Scooby-Doo's a relatively painless 85 minutes."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"The source material here is flimsy to begin with, and neither Gunn nor Gosnell seems to know how to flesh it out."
‑ Ernest Hardy, L.A. Weekly
"What really makes this movie special is Matthew Lillard's inspired performance as Shaggy. It's not only a dead-on impersonation of the cartoon character, but it also comes with a certain kind of unique joy and a genuine soul."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Far more dull and just plain dumb than it ever is funny."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Is this really the sort of entertainment America wants?"
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
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