'Underdog' Critic Reviews

50%
MovieWeb:   5 reviews
16%
Rotten Tomatoes:   74 reviews
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    59
    The endearing airborne-beagle effects help to offset the formula twists.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Jeannette Catsoulis New York Times (Top Critic)
    30
    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.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Cath Clarke Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Janice Page Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    38
    Where (oh where) are Tennessee Tuxedo and Phineas J. Whoopie when we need them?
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Jack Mathews New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    63
    Underdog is made for the Saturday morning TV crowd, and parents who lead their tykes to this adventure aren't likely to leave disappointed.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Joshua Katzman Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    25
    Underdog is an underachiever in almost every way.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Justin Chang Variety (Top Critic)
    The sort of noisy, over-produced affair in line with much recent family-friendly programming.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Kyle Smith New York Post (Top Critic)
    38
    I have an idea for the sequel: Underdog Vs. Michael Vick.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    20
    It's a harmless bore.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    50
    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.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Kirk Honeycutt Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    Good one-liners and dog tricks, but no best in show.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Sam Adams Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    40
    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.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Hank Sartin Time Out
    40
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Joshua Rothkopf Time Out
    60
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Tom Meek Boston Phoenix
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Kevin Carr 7M Pictures
    40
    Underdog as a film is not totally worthless. It's a winner with kids, as is anything with a talking dog.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Tim Grierson Screendaily
    Underdog works best when spoofing superhero conventions, but the film goes to the dogs thanks to a drab story and frequent stabs at heartwarming bromides.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Steve Biodrowski ESplatter
    The essential cartooniness of the plot and the gags works against the rather lame attempt to lather on a message about reconciliation between father and son.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Saxon Bullock Film4
    30
    While this idea may have been enough to happily fill 25 minutes, the film version fails to effectively stretch it out to feature-length.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Urban Cinefile Critics Urban Cinefile
    Call me a kid at heart, but Underdog is the cutest doggone fantasy.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • James Rocarols BBC
    40
    At just over 80 minutes it feels not so much like a proper film as a piece of extended filler for slow afternoons on Disney's TV channels.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • David Nusair Reel Film Reviews
    50
    ...an affable, sporadically entertaining piece of work that's ultimately undone by its emphasis on relentlessly silly elements...
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Anna Smith Empire Magazine
    40
    Despite the talent on show, there's little to distinguish this from any other bland family comedy.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Matthew Turner ViewLondon
    40
    Full Review » 6 years ago