The Secret Life of Pets (2016)

The Secret Life of Pets (2016)

The Secret Life of Pets (2016)

From the studio behind Despicable Me comes this family animation set in Manhattan that looks at the lives of faithful pets when their owners are away. Featuring the voices of Louis C.K., Lake Bell and Kevin Hart.

The quiet life of a terrier named Max (C.K.) is upended when his owner takes in Duke (Eric Stonestreet), a stray whom Max instantly dislikes.

2016Rating: PG, Low level violence90 minsUSA
AnimatedComedyKids & Family

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The Secret Life of Pets (2016) / Reviews

Flicks, Liam Maguren

Flicks, Liam Maguren

From the first teaser trailer, you knew Illumination Studios (Despicable Me) had school holiday gold on its hands with The Secret Life of Pets. The full film has plenty more rock-solid gags, more than enough to give anyone of any age the jollies. It looks gorgeous too – in 2D AND 3D – with plush-toy-worthy animal designs and a pristine art direction that makes New York look cleaner, happier, and more colourful than it probably deserves.

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Variety

Variety

The formula may be familiar, but the personalities are completely fresh, yielding a menagerie of loveable - if downright ugly - cartoon critters banding together to help these two incompatible roommates from ending up on the streets.

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Time Out

Time Out

Some funny-sweet observations about pets and our projections on to them.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

The animated action is bouncy and frenetic, and if the story becomes a little too busy, it moves quickly and makes room for a barrage of jokes and even some character development.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

It's not ground-breaking, but there are laughs, and it is a good audience movie.

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Stuff

Stuff

Bright, breezy and beautifully animated...

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Stuff

Stuff

An – at times – intoxicatingly enjoyable hour-and-a-half. Go have a look. Kids optional.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

Cute and funny but lacks originality.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

A glorified hairball pulled together from the strands of better, more appealing movies and then noisily coughed up and disgorged at a multiplex near you.

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Hollywood Reporter

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 in the long run.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

An affable adventure with a strong voice cast. What it lacks in originality, it claws back with strong visual gags and a witty script.

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