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The Secret Life of Pets (2016)



Critic Consensus: Fast-paced, funny, and blessed with a talented voice cast, The Secret Life of Pets offers a beautifully animated, cheerfully undemanding family-friendly diversion.

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For their fifth fully-animated feature-film collaboration, Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures present The Secret Life of Pets, a comedy about the lives our pets lead after we leave for work or school each day. Comedy superstars Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet and Kevin Hart make their animated feature-film debuts in The Secret Life of Pets, which co-stars Ellie Kemper, Lake Bell, Jenny Slate, Bobby Moynihan, Hannibal Buress and Albert Brooks. Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri and his longtime collaborator Janet Healy produce the film directed by Chris Renaud (Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2), co-directed by Yarrow Cheney and written by Brian Lynch and Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio.

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Critic Reviews for The Secret Life of Pets

All Critics (236) | Top Critics (68)

Maybe Illumination and Universal should look at why Pixar succeeds instead of just ripping them off and regurgitating the leftovers.

November 19, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

The film [is] loud, colourful, frantic in pace, but less than the sum of its parts.

September 9, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It's co-directed by Chris Renaud, who co-directed the Despicable Me movies. It doesn't rise to that level, but it's still full of fun for young children.

September 9, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

After the first ten minutes I was incredibly excited to discover where the lot of them were going to take things next. I shouldn't have gotten my hopes up.

August 9, 2016 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

The Secret Life of Pets plays to animal lovers in the audience without offering up much original story.

August 1, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It is an incredibly simple yet irresistible idea for a movie. It's also exactly what you think it's going to be - no more, no less.

July 26, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Secret Life of Pets

Disappointing animated movie that is more or less remaking Toy Story 1 just with Pets. And while the title promises lots of pets, it's mostly dogs that are running the show. Cats are just fat, bitchy or antagonizing, while dogs show all kinds of characteristics. That's frustratingly narrow minded and not particularly original. The animation is flawless and a few jokes work, but overall you can't shake off the feeling that you've seen it all before, and better.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer


Funny and sweet movie!

Nani Vang
Nani Vang

Super Reviewer

Pretty cute, but escalates really quickly and almost too fantastically. And was Snowball's psycho-dream murmuring, "That raccoon is lying! He's not the president!" an implicit jab at President Obama using an antebellum epithet for African-Americans? How did that get past the censors?

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

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