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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: 121
- Fresh: 36
- Rotten: 85
- 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.
Rotten: All the emotional resonance of a dog-themed novelty coffee-table book.
Rotten: A peculiar kibble of vignettes, wrapping reincarnation and life lessons together in a sappy Hallmark Channel-style doggy sweater.
Rotten: It's hard to work how who this film is pitched at given the very simple narrative.
THERE WAS NO ABUSE OF ANY DOGS!
FROM AMERICAN HUMANE:
The investigation and eyewitness reports affirmed that throughout its work on the set, the dog was treated with great care, attentiveness and respect. At the same time, American Humane believes that the handling of the dog in the first scene in the video should have been gentler and signs of stress recognized earlier. That being said, it is important to note that this was recognized and the scene did not proceed as insinuated by the misleadingly edited video. Although the dog was momentarily stressed, based on studying additional footage not included in the video, body posture, and the fact that he quickly and willingly went into the water and performed the scene soon afterwards, a separate, independent, board certified Veterinary Behaviorist brought in to examine the events concluded that there was “no lasting stress response or conditioned fear of the water as a result.” Eyewitnesses also report that following the water scene, the dog was wagging his tail and wanted to go back into the water. The New York Times recently noted that the accusations of mistreatment on the set have been “largely debunked.” The findings of the independent, third-party investigation corroborate this conclusion.
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.