Lost and presumed dead by his handlers, a pampered canine star becomes a troubled youth's (Josh Hutcherson) best pal and a rundown firehouse's official mascot.
" Rin Tin Tin would never have okayed a script like this. "
" This is an oddly second-rate production for a major-studio release; the underwhelming mystery belongs in a Scooby-Doo episode, and the slapdash direction is just as shaggy. "
" This latest entry in the doggy-acrobat subgenre of canine comedies has but one joke, and it comes early: In the Idol age, celebrity culture has gone to the dogs -- literally. "
" To me it doesn't mesh well. "
" We're forced to endure plenty of scatological gags and treacly exchanges between Shane and his distant dad as the film imparts an obvious message about the frivolity of stardom. "
" You'd be better off taking your kid to visit a dog run for a couple of hours. "
" An entertaining family comedy full of both tricks and trickery. "
" Firehouse Dog is a wholesome throwback to a time before computer animators made animals talk and penguins hogged the glory. "
" In a film that's effectively the canine version of Doc Hollywood, the title character learns to sift false from true values. It's barking up the right tree. "
" Intertwining more storylines than a dog walker's clutch of leashes, Firehouse Dog nevertheless gets them all neatly resolved, pets in the right hands and wrongdoers in the can. "
" It has one of the best -- if not always the most heartwarming -- dog-and-his-boy relationships since Lassie. "
" It may not set the box office on fire, but this canine caper is more agreeable than your average underdog tale. "
" Like a loyal pet, Firehouse Dog ends up being a fun family experience all ages will enjoy. "
" [The dog] looks like a cross between a rat and a llama. And he burps, farts, and even poops on dinner. "
" Firehouse Dog is credited to three writers, but not one of them seems to have a solitary spark of an idea. "
" If there was a good idea at the core of this film, it's been buried in an unsightly pile of flatulence jokes, dog-related bad puns and a ridiculous serial arson plot. "
" It's aimed squarely at primary schoolers, but they'll probably get fidgety before its 111 minutes elapse. "
" It's harmless enough for young kids, but director Todd Holland seems to have little interest in making anything but a generic, instantly forgettable family-friendly feature. "
" OK, Letters from Iwo Jima it's not. Firehouse Dog, though, serves a purpose, and it's a purpose you'd know quite well if you had a 6-year-old. "
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