Excerpt: The Marmaduke comic is about a family that lives with a Great Dane, and what they deal with owning a large dog. Marmaduke the movie is about a Great Dane that lives with a family, talks, and enters into a series of high school-level antics. You could not have missed the point anymore. It’s not fair to blame anyone in particular, aside from that one solo person who thought the concept would make a movie in the first place.
Conclusion: I'll tell you one thing, I'm freaking sick of typing "Marmaduke." I mulled over typing Duke for short, but then thought that would be a horrible offense to John Wayne. So from here until the end of this last paragraph I'm not going to type it again. This movie is terrible. Just awful. It's one of those kids films that threaten to make your kids dumber as they watch it. Would you rather have your kids laugh at a Great Dane's flatulence or at something witty from Pixar?
Excerpt: The Movie The comic strip about the oversized Great Dane comes to computer-enhanced life in the recent family comedy, Marmaduke . His infamous enormity is not used as a point of contention nearly as much as expected, as he spends a remarkable amount of time in the company of his fellow canines and less with his human family. This two-legged brood, The Winslows, moves to a new town, with a new job for Dad at an organic dog food company.
Excerpt: I know that Marmaduke is a movie that was made by actual human beings, but I'll be damned if I could prove it. Like a dog that's been rolling around in garbage, it comes to audiences with all sorts of random pop culture detritus stuck in its fur, leaving it to us to pick through the Mean Girls references and The O.C. jokes to figure out what, exactly, this movie is trying to tell us. Having sat through it so you and your kids won't have to, I really couldn't say.
Excerpt: The comic strip "Marmaduke" has been a staple of newspapers since 1954, leaving the producers of the film adaptation over 50 years of canine antics to help build a screenplay. So, naturally, they invent a series of urine and fart jokes to best service the enduring legacy of the rascally Great Dane.
Excerpt: It’s tempting simply to note that director Tom Dey bookends Marmaduke with fart jokes, and leave it at that. Dey’s cinematic adaptation of Brad Anderson’s widely tolerated comic strip about a giant, awkward dog is meant for kids. Kids love dogs and fart jokes. The goods are being delivered to the target audience. All others should look away.
Excerpt: Hollywood gillar hundar. Varje år kommer det en rad filmer där rara jyckar får barn att skratta och vuxna män att trilla på ändan. Förutom att teknikens framsteg har gjort att hundarna numera kan göra ännu knasigare konster (som synkroniserad jazzdans) så är det mesta sig likt sedan Lassies stjärna tändes 1943. Marmaduke bygger på en tecknad serie som har publicerats i dagstidningar sedan 50-talet, och handlar om en spexig grand danois och hans helyllefamilj.