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Marmaduke

children & family, comedy


Marmaduke, the world's most lovable Great Dane, leaps from comic strip fame to big screen stardom.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    9%
  • Audience Score
    42%

common sense

ON for kids age 8
Consumerism
1 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
1 out of 5
Language
1 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
Sexy Stuff
2 out of 5
Violence & scariness
1 out of 5

America's favorite Great Dane is more "O.C." than "Lassie."

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Marmaduke is mostly inoffensive, unless your family detests potty humor, in which case this isn't the movie for you. The main issue with any talking-animal flick is the degree to which the animals are stand-ins for humans, and in this case, the animals are made to seem like high-schoolers with all their accompanying social and romantic drama. There's a lot of romantic pining and even doggie dating and flirting, which may go over the heads of kids too young to understand the nuances of romance. Some subtle drug references pop up that will also bypass the kids' radar. The language is limited to insults like "freak," "stupid," and "loser," and mimics the bullying and teasing you'd find in a movie about unpopular students. For such a short movie, there are several positive messages about the importance of honest, unconditional friendship and family versus work time -- not that they'll necessarily get noticed with all the dog-fart jokes in the way.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the movie's message about growing up "different" than the "cool" crowd (in this case, the top dog and his pedigree crew). How is the dog park like school?
  • Marmaduke is often made fun of for his size. Kids: Does this happen to you or your friends? What's the movie's take on discrimination and bullying?
  • Why are talking-animal movies so compelling to kids? Is it funny when animals have the same issues and thoughts as their human counterparts, like dating drama? Do you think this movie would still be for young kids if the characters were human instead of canine?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    9%
    reviews counted: 2
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  • Audience

    42%

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Bland sitcom romp based on the long-running comic strip features wisecracking canines in a beach-set family story.

- Luke Sader, Hollywood Reporter, Friday, June 4, 2010

Rotten: When one of the last sounds you hear in a work of family entertainment is a Great Dane passing gas, there's only one conclusion to be drawn. The movie hates your family.

- Wesley Morris, Boston Globe, Thursday, June 3, 2010

Audience Reviews

2 stars

why is "cute" an modern day insult? because it implies "not serious", and this is one cute film (if it's a film at all - it could be only a comic strip). strictly for the kiddies (and one day they'll be mad you made 'em watch it).

- moonrivers, Sunday, June 20, 2010

3 stars

This is the story of a lovable Great Dane and his human family, the Winslow's who move to a new home in the city of California. Marmaduke struggles to make new friends and to fit in as so the two older Winslow children, who encounter these very same issues. They all miss their old lives and friends back in Kansas but then they eventually adjust and at the end of the movie Marmaduke learns something very important.

- xxdebxx, Wednesday, July 14, 2010

3 stars

"Hey! Let me out of here, I'm not an animal!" Cute kids movie that played heavily on puns. My niece and nephew laughed a lot through this one. Owen Wilson's voice seemed perfect for Marmaduke. I agree with Daryl, the doggie dance scene at the end was terrific.

- debmm, Thursday, October 14, 2010