The Secret Life of Pets
The Secret Life of Pets (2016)

For their fifth fully-animated feature-film collaboration, Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures present The Secret Life of Pets, a comedy about the lives our pets lead after we leave for work or school each day. Comedy… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: July 8, 2016
DVD Release Date: December 6, 2016
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Critic Score: 74% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Fast-paced, funny, and blessed with a talented voice cast, The Secret Life of Pets offers a beautifully animated, cheerfully undemanding family-friendly diversion.

Christy Lemire

It is an incredibly simple yet irresistible idea for a movie. It's also exactly what you think it's going to be - no more, no less.

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Katie Walsh
Tribune News Service

Draws on the universal experience of pet ownership to draw out the "awww" in all of us. But the film butt-scoots by on its premise. There's not much more going on, thematically or emotionally below the surface.

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Rain Jokinen

Probably fast-paced enough to keep the kids engaged, but I say hold out for the inevitable Snowball-centered spinoff.

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Sophie Gilbert
The Atlantic

There's something quietly therapeutic about spending 90 minutes with some nutty, heroic furballs on a hero's journey with very low stakes.

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Amy Nicholson

As the owner of a Maine Coon I've weed-whacked into a goofy lion cut, I gulped when Snowball the bunny, a former magician's assistant, bellows, "All of us have suffered at the hands of man!"

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Sarah Cullen
Film Ireland Magazine

The real reason to watch The Secret Life of Pets is for the animation, with the beautifully sprawling vistas of Manhattan a wonderful reflection of the animals' idealised version of the city as their home and centre of their universe.

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James Berardinelli

The Secret Life of Pets is strong enough that parents won't fall into a catatonic state while watching it with their offspring.

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Brian Lowry

What should have been an enthusiastic tummy rub doesn't merit more than a grudging pat on the head.

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Rick Kisonak
Seven Days

The Secret Life of Pets is that rare achievement: an animated movie that entertains on so many levels, and at such a level of cockeyed brilliance, that it really is fun for the whole family.

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Flixster Audience Score: 62% Flixster User Reviews
Nani Vang
Funny and sweet movie!
Eugene Bernabe
The humor is nearly out-of-control like the depicted creatures and it tends to be raunchy for its younger viewers at times. Even if its plot is vaguely loose,… More
Alice Shen
Pretty cute, but escalates really quickly and almost too fantastically. And was Snowball's psycho-dream murmuring, "That raccoon is lying! He's… More
JY Skacto
The Secret Life of Pets, from Chris Renaud and Yarrow Cheney, lays it all out on the carpet. Sprinting in at a brief 80+ minutes, The Secret Life of Pets… More
Carlos Magalhães
It always amazes me how Universal never cares to create anything remotely clever when it comes to their animations, and so once again they come up with a… More
Film Crazy
A funny, interesting cartoon but not as good as expected.