Box art for Hotel For Dogs

Hotel For Dogs


Hotel For Dogs is a funny, heartwarming and inspiring animal adventure that shows how far love and imagination can take you.

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common sense

ON for kids age 7
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
Educational value
1 out of 5
1 out of 5
Positive messages
2 out of 5
Positive role models
1 out of 5
Sexy Stuff
1 out of 5
Violence & scariness
1 out of 5

Young pet lovers will get a kick out of dog comedy.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this Nickelodeon-produced comedy about an orphaned brother and sister (played by tween faves Emma Roberts and Jake T. Austin) who set up a secret refuge for stray dogs is targeted squarely at the family market. Because the main characters are orphans living in foster care, there are some references to dead parents, but it doesn't get too emotional. And with no swearing or consumerism and only mild flirting (though there are a couple of kisses), the movie is age-appropriate for grade-schoolers while still appealing to tweens.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about why so many movie kids are orphans. Do you feel more sympathy for kids who don't have parents? Do they seem like bigger heroes than other kids?
  • Do movies like this ever make you anxious about your own family?Parents: Talk to your kids about any fears or worries they might haveabout being without you.
  • Kids: Can you think of ways that youractions can make a positive change in your community?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Dog people will like it.

- Ben Lyons, At the Movies, Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Rotten: Will the kids like it? Yeah, probably. Will the parents tolerate it or enjoy it? Probably not.

- Ben Mankiewicz, At the Movies, Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Fresh: All in all it's a very pleasant way to spend the afternoon with a bunch of kids.

- Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, Thursday, January 22, 2009

Audience Reviews

3 stars

All the innocence of the Beethoven film series but with more dogs.

- roygutteridge, Sunday, July 26, 2009

5 stars

Really cute movie. I adored it. A great family movie.

- movieguru12, Tuesday, June 16, 2009

4 stars

Hotel for Dogs is a movie that tells the story of a two orphan brother and sister with a dog. One day they found a abandoned hotel and decide to transformed it on a shelter for dogs. The movie is good, it has some funny moments and also some dramatic ones. The plot is good yet predictable and with some flaws. The cast is decent Emma Roberts and Jake T. Austin aren't bad but I think they were a little weak, Lisa Kudrow and Kevin Dillon were very good as a couple, both were very funny and Don Cheadle in a very different role that we have seen him lately more hedaded to comedy than to drama. In conclusion, Hotel for Dogs is a enjoyable and entertaining movie for the whole family and for those who love dogs.

- barrys, Friday, February 20, 2009