The most popular movie in the country has an enemy at the Los Angeles Times. TV critic Scott Collins says Marley & Me "represents a toxic hazard to dog owners as well as anyone who ever comes near a dog—basically everyone, in other words." Collins reminds readers and fellow fans of "Dog Whisperer" Cesar Millan that "there are no bad dogs, only bad owners."
Collins gives away the ending "because anyone over the age of 8 knows what happens before even buying a ticket," and the way the inevitable unfolds isn't earning the flick many fans. Fumes Tara Leonard of the Santa Cruz Wire website: "Nothing says holiday comedy quite like distraught children dropping letters and mementos into their beloved pet's grave!"