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The Secret Life of Pets

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United States, Japan · 2016
1h 26m
Director Chris Renaud
Starring Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Jenny Slate
Genre Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family

Max is a spoiled terrier whose idyllic New York City life is upended when his owner adopts Duke, a giant and unruly canine. During a walk outside, things go awry, but the duo are luckily saved by a rebellious bunny named Snowball. In exchange, Snowball demands that Max and Duke join his gang of pets who seek vengeance against the humans who abandoned them.

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Empire by

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


Time Out London by Cath Clarke

There are some funny-sweet observations about pets and our projections on to them. And the animation is expressive.... But the manic pace, piling on the action sequences, is exhausting.


The Hollywood Reporter by Jordan Mintzer

Like the professional dogwalker who can’t exactly keep count of Max and his cohorts, it feels like the filmmakers are juggling too many chatty creatures at once, while trying to maintain a plot that tends to grow more outlandish as the story progresses.


Variety by Peter Debruge

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.


The Telegraph by Robbie Collin

To borrow a screenwriting buzz-phrase, "fun and games" is all you get, and the lack of meaningful connective tissue between the antics means the film begins to flag far earlier than it should.


Movie Nation by Roger Moore

Speaking of Looney, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention how violent this pre-tween farce is. Slapfights, brawls, violent death and near-death experiences abound. Along with butt-sniffing and toilet-sipping (at a party) gags.


Screen Daily by Wendy Ide

The latest film from Chris Renaud (Despicable Me) and his team is a madcap caper full of densely-packed sight gags, dizzying action set pieces and a healthy side-helping of Renaud trademark silliness.

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