Show Dogs

Movie review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 8+

Talking-animal buddy comedy dogged by controversy.

PG 2018 92 minutes

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 70 reviews

Kids say

age 9+

Based on 23 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 10+


I thought it was odd there were so many reviews that were 1 star and said basically the same thing. Then I noticed they are all within a couple days of each other — 54 reviews all basically on May 21, 2018. Clearly a group of trolls. The fuss made is just a huge overreaction to a brief humorous moment in the film. That scene HAS BEEN CUT from the movie, so now there should be no objection to this film. Is this the best movie in the world? No. Is it a decent movie that kids will enjoy? Definitely.
age 2+

Enjoyable family movie

My daughters are 5 and 9, and they really enjoyed this movie! Lots of laughs, adventures, and a happy ending. I was hesitant to watch this movie due to the reviews on this site, however the movie didn’t contain the inappropriate scene referred to, not sure if it’s only the Netflix version where it was edited out.

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