Turner and Hooch
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One by-product of two consecutive Oscar wins is that Tom Hanks no longer has to appear in such potboilers as Turner and Hooch. Hanks plays Turner, a meticulously groomed, excruciatingly well-organized detective working in a small California coastal town. When local "character" Amos Reed (John McIntire) is murdered by drug smugglers, the only witness is Reed's slobbery, smelly mutt, Hooch. You're way ahead of us, folks: Turner, who despises dogs in general and Hooch in particular, is compelled to put the cantankerous dog up as his house guest. Also easily predictable is the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 54%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The rather mechanical style of director Roger Spottiwoode (who took over the film after original director Henry Winkler departed) fails to enliven the stereotypical criminal proceedings."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"If there's a new hair in this dogeared dramedy, it would take a bloodhound to sniff it out."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"I laughed heartily with the film, but I almost went cross-eyed trying to consider what the hell this script actually contained before Disney, five screenwriters, and two directors tore it apart."
‑ Brian Orndorf, BrianOrndorf.com
"Silly, early-Hanks fun"
‑ Sarah Chauncey, Reel.com
"...[the ending] feels out of place and out of synch with the rest of the movie."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"From the moment when Hooch first appears to the strains of Strauss' 'Also sprach Zarathustra', the gags can be smelt a mile off, and the thriller elements are as hackneyed as an episode of Murder She Wrote."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Hanks, who can even grace a film such as "The 'Burbs," is always a movie's best friend."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"So-so little comedy that's better than you'd think."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Hanks is great. A nice mix of laughs and tears"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"The beginning of the end for Hanks as a comedian -- dig it for that, but don't be too kind."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
"The one level on which this mild children's comedy works is as an extended gross joke for 8-year-olds."
‑ Caryn James, New York Times
"Dog-buddy comedy has lots of slobber and some violence."
‑ Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media
"Cute dog 'n' guy comedy"
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"A dumb idea that winds up being an entertaining buddy picture"
‑ Jon Niccum, Lawrence Journal-World
"Proof of the W.C. Fields adage that you should never work with animals or children."
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
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