Hotel for Dogs

2009

Action / Comedy / Family

24
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 45%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 55%
IMDb Rating 5.4 10 18630

Synopsis


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Cast

Emma Roberts as Andi
Lisa Kudrow as Lois Scudder
Don Cheadle as Bernie
Jake T. Austin as Bruce
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729.97 MB
1280*714
English
PG
23.976 fps
1hr 40 min
P/S 4 / 20
1.52 GB
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English
PG
23.976 fps
1hr 40 min
P/S 3 / 14

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by studioAT 5 / 10

A well made and entertaining family film

'Hotel for Dogs' isn't a masterpiece of cinema. It's not expected to be. What it is though is a perfectly enjoyable hour and a half film that has a good heart and good performances from all involved.

It's got some decent laughs in it too, thanks to some good adult talent like Yvette Nicole Brown and Lisa Kudrow, who seems to be specialising in stealing films from the side-lines these days.

Of the two young leads it's probably Emma Roberts who grabs the most attention, displaying the talent that has seen her go onto bigger and better things.

There is a lot of dross produced in terms of kids movies, poor animations or live actions with no charm. This however bucks the trend, and hopefully will be enjoyed for generations to come.

Reviewed by TheLittleSongbird 5 / 10

Harmless diversion, nothing more, nothing less

'Hotel for Dogs' this reviewer didn't find to be a great film, but there is far worse to choose from out there.

'Hotel for Dogs' was basically nothing more or less than a harmless diversion, that knew what it wanted to be and who it was aiming for (though for a family film, children are more likely to enjoy it more than adults).

There is a good deal to like about 'Hotel for Dogs', as well as an equal amount of not-so-good things. The star of the film is the dogs, who are simply adorable and very well-trained, loved the scenes and tricks with them that were adeptly choreographed, entertaining and cute. One of the film's highlights was the climactic escape across the city, which was quite exciting and paced in a very spirited way.

It's a good-looking film too, while the photography and editing are not award-worthy as such the film flows well visually and narratively and it's very nicely photographed. The locations and settings are beautifully done too. John Debney's score has the right amount of the rousing, the whimsical and the sentimental, with some sweet song choices.

Generally the dogs are more interesting than the humans, but Jake T. Austin and Emma Roberts are spirited, charming and compassionate child leads and Don Cheadle brings splendid dignity and compelling charisma to the most reasonable of the human characters, making the most of his very heartfelt speech (which will delight many people, but may be too much for the cynics). The message is well-meaning and heart-warming However, the rest of the cast don't make much of an impression in pretty depth-less stereotypical roles and with too many instances of weak, trite dialogue. The rest of the children are not as natural in their presence or comic timing, which come over as forced and trying too hard.

Kevin Dillon and Lisa Kudrow over-compensate badly (and often embarrassingly) as the foster parents (particularly Kudrow, who proved herself very funny and often hilarious and a scene stealer on 'Friends') and the dog catchers are just annoying and there isn't much need for them other than being a plot device.

While there are amusing, never hilarious, and touching moments, and many cute ones with the dogs, they don't come consistently. Laughs generally, in number and size, were lacking, and 'Hotel for Dogs' does fall into danger of being on the too-sentimental-and-contrived side. The story, while swiftly paced and with a number of nice scenes (apart from suffering from a slow and uninteresting start), is predictable, contrived and too good to be true, the very idealistic view of the adoption system may not worry people too much (there were some genuinely affecting parts still, if in a disarming way) but how things are so easily and conveniently wrapped up by the end is very likely to do. This reviewer found it an ending smelt from miles away, and even then still found it too easy and convenient.

All in all, harmless and inoffensive diversion, not bad, but not great. 5/10 Bethany Cox

Reviewed by rdoyle29 6 / 10

A bit of mindless fun

I have trouble being too hard on this film. What the concept promises is a hotel with a bunch of cute pups running around it, and it really delivers on that promise. You don't just get a hotel full of dogs, you also get a whole bunch of fancy contraptions that feed and entertain the dogs and take care of all of their needs. What surrounds this central idea is not too challenging ... orphans, evil step parents, a non-threatening teenage love interest for the girl orphan, friends who just come out of nowhere and volunteer to help, evil dog catchers and Don Cheadle. I won't for one second suggest that this is a conventionally good movie, but I kind of enjoyed it in a "don't think very hard about any of it" kind of way.

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