The Secret Life of Pets

The Secret Life of Pets


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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.... More

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.Hide

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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.... More

Louis CK’s perception of all things pathetic makes him the perfect voice for lead dog Max. He blindly loves his owner Katie so much that when she adopts a new dog, Duke, he immediately becomes jealous and tries to kick him out. But when they both end up lost and without their collars, they are forced to stick together to get back home.

If this sounds a bit Toy Story-ish, that’s because it totally is. Illumination tries to tug at heartstrings, but simply isn't as good of a strummer as Pixar, Disney or DreamWorks. The story often touches on animal abandonment and even death but treats these morbid ideas with a weird lightness, as if the storytellers were unsure how to talk to kids seriously. This is especially telling when the film briefly explains what happened to Duke's former owner, a rather significant moment in his life that isn't given much significance in the end.

But for what The Secret Life of Pets lacks in story, it makes up for in character. Jenny Slate is flawless as hopeless/ruthless romantic Pomeranian Gidgit, Lake Bell continues being a voice acting queen as fat cat jerkwad Chloe, and Albert Brooks gets the honour of voicing cinema’s funniest hawk ever. And then there’s psycho bunny Snowball, which is basically a minion voiced by Kevin Hart – take that as you will.Hide

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BY Whitney lister

Didn't really capture me as an adult but would be excellent for children

Wasn't on my list - however the cut out pets in the cinema made me want to see it. I was not disappointed. A good versus evil story line, heros and heroines of the animal world. The skinny cats were fantastic. Made me chuckle throughout the movie. Leave your pets at home and this may happen. Friendship overrides jealousy and being an enemy.

Enjoyable family movie. Although not a memorable film it did have enough action to entertain throughout. The kids really enjoyed the movie.

BY RealityCheck superstar

The Secret Life of Pets
Songs and characters form other films, and sayings, little references like that keep us watching and enjoying the kids films a bit more than I should. Because lets face it, in some adult films I’m looking for the mouse so I can touch the bottom of the screen and see how much of the film is left… Not so is this beauty. As usual, the children films deliver just what they say, emotions in an animated fashion can al take in.
Genre : animated, family, adventure
3/5 : not... More great, but good, good characters but nothing really new, like a ‘Madagascar’ meets NYC pets. I nice chill evening viewing.Hide

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The Press Reviews

74% of critics recommend.
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  • 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. Full Review

  • 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. Full Review

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

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

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

  • 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. Full Review

  • 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. Full Review

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