The Secret Life of Pets Reviews: Do Critics Say It’s Worth Seeing?
“The Secret Life of Pets” is a Chihuahua of a movie, cute and hyperactive and charming, according to most critics, tiring and annoying for a few others.
Starring the voice talents of Kevin Hart, Louis C.K., Ellie Kemper and Eric Stonestreet, the animated feature from the people behind the “Minions” movies comes with a 78 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, deceptively high as even positive reviews came with provisos.
The most part, however, the world’s critics got swept up in the frenetic energy of the New York City-set story about what dogs, cats and one nasty little bunny do when the humans aren’t looking.
“The result is a series of clever action sequences set in and around New York City, so beautifully depicted that Woody Allen would be proud” — Jody Mitori, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“‘The Secret Life of Pets’ is an ADD-addled mess of a movie — and that, amazingly, is its charm” — Bilge Ebiri, The Village Voice
Even Positive The Secret Life of Pets Reviews Come with Provisos
But many critics tempered their praise by noting that “Pets” fails to live up to other recent animated animal features.
“(‘Zootopia’) and the ‘Shaun The Sheep Movie,’ in their different ways, managed to spin the idea of animals at large in the city into works of comic genius. This isn’t in the same league, but it’s still fun, with enough wit and invention to please the whole family” — Brian Viner, Daily Mail
And some reviewers said that after about a half hour all the action left them pooped.
“Things happen from one second to the next with no particular logic, to no discernible effect. There’s no secret life because there’s no life, only the promise of pets in perpetual motion” — Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
“For all the genuine charm on display, you may be disappointed to find that manic activity overtakes said charm, and that more isn’t made of a simple, clever premise that nevertheless seems destined to rake in big summer movie bucks” — Robert Abele, The Wrap
“The Secret Life of Pets” opens Friday.