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The Secret Life of Pets

United States
Animation. Comedy | Animals. 3D
Taking place in a Manhattan apartment building, Max's life as a favorite pet is turned upside down, when his owner brings home a sloppy mongrel named Duke. They have to put their quarrels behind when they find out that an adorable white bunny named Snowball is building an army of abandoned pets determined to take revenge on all happy-owned pets and their owners.
Author Review
United StatesUnited States M
Jordan Mintzer
The Hollywood Reporter
"A film that starts off impressively but gradually tires itself out with a loud and loopy caper plot, taking a clever idea to mostly familiar places"  NEU
United StatesUnited States M
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
"An animated fluffball that does everything to drive you crazy and ends up by being totally irresistible (...) Rating: ★★★ (out of four)"  POS
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Robbie Collin
"'The Secret Life of Pets' is no 'Zootropolis', and comparisons with that recent Disney masterwork do it no favours – but it’s an amiable time-passer, and hopefully a promise of even better things to come (...) Rating: ★★★ (out of five)"  NEU
United StatesUnited States M
Peter Debruge
"The formula may be familiar, but the personalities are completely fresh, yielding a menagerie of loveable — if downright ugly — cartoon critters (...) “Pets” is the studio’s most accomplished feature"  POS
United KingdomUnited Kingdom F
Cath Clarke
Time Out
"There are some funny-sweet observations about pets and our projections on to them. And the animation is expressive (...) But the manic pace, piling on the action sequences, is exhausting (...) Rating: ★★★ (out of five)"  NEU
United StatesUnited States M
Ben Croll
The Wrap
"Don’t expect the Pixar touch (...) It's no masterpiece, but there's a lot to enjoy about this sprightly canine adventure tale"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times
"A two-star movie with moments of sheer exuberance (...) Even though I’m not recommending 'The Secret Life of Pets,' I wouldn’t mind seeing a sequel. The main characters deserve another at-bat (...) Rating: ★★ (out of four)"  NEU
United StatesUnited States M
A. O. Scott
The New York Times
"While this movie never achieves — and does not really aim for — the emotional richness or visual inventiveness of the better Pixar features (...) it has a playful absurdity and a winning, friendly spirit"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly
"Like a dog that endlessly chases its tail in circles, Pets is amusing for a while, then it just tires itself out"  NEU
United KingdomUnited Kingdom F
Wendy Ide
"While the trajectory of the story holds few surprises and the plot does owe a lot to other films, the quality of execution is high (...) There is enough here to appeal to most sections of the audience, be they young or old; dog people or cat fanciers"  POS
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Geoffrey Macnab
The Independent
"A relative disappointment (...) ['Secret Life of Pets'] boasts some inspired visual and verbal gags as well as plenty of very vivid characters but falls down in its storytelling, which is depressingly formulaic (...) Rating: ★★★ (out of five)"  NEU
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