...a cuter-than-cute, sweeter-than-sweet family film about animal-loving kids who embark on a crusade to rescue all the stray pooches in a fictional city.
—A. O. Scott New York Times
With engaging young actors and clever contraptions (and, of course, adorable dogs), it's a pleasant stay.
—Betsy Sharkey Los Angeles Times
...not bad, not great, a little less pushy and grating than the usual.
—Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune
...a sweet, innocent family movie...
—Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times
...for dog-fixated kids of a certain age, that's probably just fine. For the rest of us? What time is it?
—Keith Phipps Onion AV Club
...there isn't a malicious bone in the film's body.
—Ed Gonzalez Slant Magazine
...this one is for kids.
—Leah Rozen People
—Adam Markovitz Entertainment Weekly
Be forewarned that the marketing of this film is deceptive. Those posters of dogs being pampered human-style, like with cucumbers on their eyes and food on silver platters? That stuff only happens during the last five minutes of the movie.
—Luke Y. Thompson E!