'Marmaduke' is one rambunctious Great Dane, but lets give the cartoon canine some credit. He's had to wait over 50 years for the big-screen treatment (the newspaper strip started in 1954).

Well, the wait is finally over. 'Marmaduke' opens today, fetching, walking and talking (voiced by "Lightning McQueen" himself, Owen Wilson). The humans involved aren't too shabby, either: 'Pushing Daisies'' Lee Pace and the always-animated Judy Greer co-star.

As big as he is, Marmaduke can't create havoc alone. Among the other voices you'll hear in the film are George Lopez, Fergie and McLovin' (aka Christopher Mintz-Plasse).

Parents of preteens will certainly find the movie's PG rating comforting, especially since some flicks of late have carried a PG-13 (we're looking at you, 'Prince of Persia'). Is 'Marmaduke' as brisk as a walk in the park? A top dog of summer films? Let's see if the critics wanted to flea the theater (Okay, okay, sorry). 'Marmaduke' is one rambunctious Great Dane, but lets give the cartoon canine some credit. He's had to wait over 50 years for the big-screen treatment (the newspaper strip started in 1954).

Well, the wait is finally over. 'Marmaduke' opens today, fetching, walking and talking (voiced by "Lightning McQueen" himself, Owen Wilson). The humans involved aren't too shabby, either: 'Pushing Daisies'' Lee Pace and the always-animated Judy Greer co-star.

As big as he is, Marmaduke can't create havoc alone. Among the other voices you'll hear in the film are George Lopez, Fergie and McLovin' (aka Christopher Mintz-Plasse).

Parents of preteens will certainly find the movie's PG rating comforting, especially since some flicks of late have carried a PG-13 (we're looking at you, 'Prince of Persia'). Is 'Marmaduke' as brisk as a walk in the park? A top dog of summer films? Let's see if the critics wanted to flea the theater (Okay, okay, sorry).

Roger Ebert: "The moment I saw Marmaduke's big drooling lips moving, I knew I was in trouble. There is nothing discreet about a Great Dane with a lot on his mind, especially when he's the narrator of the film and never shuts up."

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Boston Globe: "The pets interact with each other as humans do - they're petty and territorial. While the humans' mouths are stuffed with bogus sentiment: "A real top dog looks out for his family.'' Sigh. [Lee] Pace and Judy Greer, who plays his wife, are two likable actors who have never been worse. Every line sags with forced cheer."

New York Post: "I've sat through a lot of beast-based cinema lately, and, predictable and thinly plotted as it is, I'd place "Marmaduke" well above "Beverly Hills Chihuahua," and even ahead of the Wilson-starring "Marley & Me" [ ... ]

Washington Post: "[I]t's just not very funny. Lines like "Get your bark on," "Who let the dogs out?" and "Cowabarka" abound. Many of the jokes revolve around excretory functions."

Los Angeles Times: "[T]he movie settles into a predictable family-film groove about being yourself and fitting in and passing gas and finding the answer to the age-old question: Who let the dogs out?"