A canine superhero (Jason Lee) must save the day when an evil scientist (Peter Dinklage) and his enormous henchman (Patrick Warburton) threaten the citizens of Capitol City.
" After a lovably dopey prologue culled from the TV cartoon, this live-action adaptation gets down to the business of entertaining tweens, earnestly and nonironically. "
" I had a painless enough time. And so -- given a quiet Saturday, a stifling heat wave and a fretful kindergartener to contend with -- might you. "
" The endearing airborne-beagle effects help to offset the formula twists. "
" Underdog is made for the Saturday morning TV crowd, and parents who lead their tykes to this adventure aren't likely to leave disappointed. "
" Even at a lean 84 minutes, padded with a credit blooper reel, it seems long. If you've seen one flying dog, you've seen them all. Jay Leno's cameo appearance proves he's almost as big a publicity hound as Larry King. "
" Even the promising team of Peter Dinklage's mad scientist Simon Barsinister and Patrick Warburton's henchman Cad turns out to be a bust. "
" Good one-liners and dog tricks, but no best in show. "
" I have an idea for the sequel: Underdog Vs. Michael Vick. "
" It's a harmless bore. "
" Serious movie standards aren't necessarily required in an entertainment like Underdog. Still, as with most movies, it's frustrating to watch Hollywood undercut the intelligence of its target audience. "
" The lackluster story connects the cliches but leaves the characters isolated. Underdog may have been originally created to sell cereal for General Mills, but this latest incarnation couldn't sell Frisbees at a dog park. "
" The movie's sloppiness is galling, especially given its target audience. It's one thing to feed grown-ups junk, and another to serve it to consumers too young to know they're being had. "
" The sort of noisy, over-produced affair in line with much recent family-friendly programming. "
" The TV show was mildly subversive, with humor that children and adults could enjoy on different levels, but the movie strives for a blander, family-oriented middle ground. "
" Underdog is an underachiever in almost every way. "
" Underdog, putting it mildly, lacks the sleekness and cunning of other, better kids' flicks, though it gains points for respecting, while modifying, its source material. "
" Where (oh where) are Tennessee Tuxedo and Phineas J. Whoopie when we need them? "
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