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A Dog's Purpose

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Lasse Hallström

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About the Movie

Based on the beloved bestselling novel by W. Bruce Cameron, A Dog’s Purpose, from director Lasse Hallström (The Cider House Rules, Dear John, The 100-Foot Journey), shares the soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog (voiced by Josh Gad) who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love. The family film told from the dog’s perspective also stars Dennis Quaid, Peggy Lipton, Britt Robertson, K.J. Apa, Juliet Rylance, Luke Kirby, John Ortiz, and Pooch Hall.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 118
  • Fresh: 35
  • Rotten: 83
  • Average Rating: 4.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: A manipulative script about dog reincarnation that whacks your emotions like a pinata - that's forgivable. But no mercy for a film charged with canine abuse behind the scenes. It shouldn't happen to a dog. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, Jan 27, 2017

Rotten: All the emotional resonance of a dog-themed novelty coffee-table book. – Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, Feb 2, 2017

Rotten: A peculiar kibble of vignettes, wrapping reincarnation and life lessons together in a sappy Hallmark Channel-style doggy sweater. – Brian Lowry,, Jan 30, 2017

Rotten: The movie somehow manages to be both trite and macabre. – Craig Mathieson, The Sunday Age, May 21, 2017

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Customer Reviews

Abused is not true

Movie preview is great and can't wait to see it. If you watched the video with a producer from "A Dog's Purpose" he specially says that the video taker edited and abused the footage and they took extra precautions with the dog in the water. Such as some crew going under the water, unseen, and helping the dog swim. He also said the dog happily wanted to go into the water. Anyways, even if the dog didn't want to go into the water, I hardly call it abuse. Abuse is like physically or emotionally damaging the animal and I don't see anything in that edited video like that. People can be very gullible and believe the first thing they see that looks even slightly disturbing.


This movie was an amazing experience, very emotional as well. Really made me want to spend as much time with my pets as I can.
At the foolish people who claim 'animal abuse' over one video, shame on you for being so ignorant. That video was made by PETA and TMZ - who are notorious for lying and changing up parts just to cause issues like this. The video was edited by both of them, making it seem like it was abused. Once the dog showed signs of discomfort, the team didn't force the dog into the water. Do your research, kids.

A beautiful movie, allegation aside

Aside from the alleged animal abuse issue (one edited video clip showing the German shepherd dog actor being forced into the violent water), this is a beautiful and touching movie. If there was indeed animal abuse, I want the producers and anyone responsible to get fined - but at the same time, will I reject this movie about how wonderful our best friends are? No.