Entertainment Weekly - 10/17/2003
"...Charm, heart...plus a winning story line..."
USA Today - 10/10/2003
"...Matthew Broderick gives voice to the lovable, wise-cracking Hubble....Carl Reiner does a nice job voicing old faithful Shep..."
Variety - 10/06/2003
"...[Hoffman] keeps the pacing brisk and the tone spirited..."
Sight and Sound - 12/31/2003
"[E]ngaging....The animatronics of the talking dogs are well done and convincing."
Ten year-old dog walker Owen (Liam Aiken) takes a trip to the pound and picks out an adorable, pensive mutt he decides to call "Hubble." What Liam doesn't know is that Hubble has just arrived from Sirius (The Dog Star) for the purpose of checking up on the canine colonization that began thousands of years ago. A trip to Hubble's crashed spacecraft allows Liam to hear his new pal's voice (Matthew Broderick), along with those of the five dogs he routinely walks: robust Boxer Wilson (Donald Faison), jittery Italian Greyhound Nelly (Brittany Murphy), flatulent Burmese Mountain Dog Shep (Carl Reiner), and high-maintenance Poodle Barbara Ann (Delta Burke). Hubble is greatly troubled to discover that his kind have become pets on Earth, a fact that he is rather nervous to have to report to his leader, the Greater Dane (voiced by Vanessa Redgrave)--who will be arriving on Earth very shortly to check up on the colonization.
A family film that provides ample amusement for dog lovers of any age, GOOD BOY is as close as anyone will get to hearing man's best friend talk. The illusion was skillfully created by the reliable Jim Henson Creature Shop, and young Aiken's performance makes the illusion all the more believable. The vocal talents of Broderick, Murphy, Faison, Reiner, and Burke give distinct personalities to their characters, with each getting their own moment to shine.