According to reviews from the time.
From the Chicago Times: « Dreadful. »
From Roger Ebert: « Watching the movie is like attending a party you weren't invited to, and where you don't know anybody, and they're all in on a joke but won't explain it to you. »
From the NY Times: « Apparently too much eye of newt got into the formula for Hocus Pocus, transforming a potentially wicked Bette Midler vehicle into an unholy mess. »
From the Film Journal International: « Air Bud may be bland, but it's also offensive. »
From Roger Ebert: « Is this a children's movie? I confess I do not know. Millions of kids will go to see it. There used to be movies where it was bad for little kids to hurt grown-ups. Now Kevin bounces bricks off their skulls from the rooftops, and everybody laughs. »
From the Las Vegas Mercury: « So, so bad. »
From the Baltimore Sun: « You feel as if you're being smothered in cotton candy by a director obsessed with infantility and who cannot bear to face the reality of childhood. »