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The 12 Dogs of Christmas

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Sentimental Depression-era Christmas story is fine for kids.

Movie G 2005 107 minutes
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age 5+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 5+

Best Dog Christmas /Movie ever

If your children love dogs this I the new Christmas favorite for years to come!

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age 5+

Very good

I have always enjoyed this movie. It's festive for Christmas and is good if you like dogs. Most all ages would like it if it's your style. Some parts are funny like the part were Delores says a haircut and a shave to Norman. The Christmas pageant at the end is festive and will get you in the Christmas spirit. If you want a good Christmas movie this is one of the best ones in my opinion.

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Adults who've seen their share of Christmas specials and films will probably find this one overly sentimental. But kids who love animals won't be disappointed by The 12 Dogs of Christmas, particularly with its climactic pageant scene that features an entire stage full of dogs. Yet if kids + Christmas + dogs isn't a winning formula for your family, there are plenty of much better holiday films to check out instead.

It's worth noting that the entire movie could be perceived as a feature-length reason to showcase the The 12 Dogs of Christmas song, which the film producer's daughter wrote when she was seven, and which her father subsequently had published into a popular book and CD. That's why we're treated to the entire Christmas pageant instead of cutting in and out (like most movies would do with such a scene). So if you're wondering why you have to hear the adorable little girl sing "And a poodle in a dog house" for the twelfth time, there you have it. Kids will sing along, as will some parents, but other grown-ups may feel their teeth ache from all the saccharine cuteness.

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