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12 Dogs of Christmas: Great Puppy Rescue

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Cute dogs can't save muddled sequel with constant peril.

Movie PG 2012 102 minutes
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Too many story elements, characters, and threats combine to keep everything underdeveloped, hurried and slapdash, and, in many instances, entirely unresolved. In addition, amateurish and/or miscast actors in some of the roles and the filmmakers' decision to make a sequel with the very same structure as the first movie (kids coming together to put on a show and save the adorable dogs from evil-doers) contribute to the overall inadequacy of the project.

The film is earnest and tries hard to be heart-warming, but it's done in by not having the most elementary of "must-haves" -- an intelligent script, accessible plotting, and an original idea.

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