Hachi: A Dog's Tale
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Based on the 1987 Japanese film Hachiko Monogatari, as well as on a true story, Hachi: A Dog's Tale stars Richard Gere as a college professor who finds an abandoned dog and takes the poor lost animal in. The film follows the two as the man and animal soon form a strong and unexplainable bond. Joan Allen co-stars in the Inferno Entertainment production. ~ Cammila Albertson, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 62%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Pic's main problem is that its human story lacks drama; Hachi's the central attraction."
‑ Alissa Simon, Variety
"Dramatic story of a dog's devotion is emotionally intense."
‑ Joly Herman, Common Sense Media
"This is the film equivalent of Nice biscuits, or snow globes, or N-Dubz. You're vaguely aware that they exist but you don't know anyone who actually likes them."
‑ Robbie Collin, News of the World
"Bland beyond endurance."
‑ Anthony Quinn, Independent
"Painstakingly innocuous."
‑ , Daily Mail [UK]
"Sensitively directed and rarely over-sentimental, this touching parable will likely ravish the emotions of dog lovers."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"An unapologetic tear-jerker. You might resent being emotionally manipulated by this film, but I challenge even the most hard-hearted moviegoer not to spill some saltwater while watching it."
‑ Christopher Lloyd, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
"Itâ(TM)s an extraordinary and touching story but told with too beady an eye on the box-office for comfort - even if youâ(TM)re a doggy person."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"This is mutt mush, pure and simple-minded, for those in the mood."
‑ Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
"Hachiko: A Dog's Tale is pretty pointless, and the director, Lasse Hallstrom, who made his name with the remarkable Swedish movie My Life As a Dog, continues to punch below his weight with another candied slice of sweet-natured Americana."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Even the manliest moviegoer likes to have a good cry from time to time."
‑ Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly
"An immensely appealing drama about the extraordinary love and devotion of a dog for his beloved human companion."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"A simple, old-fashioned heartwarmer that all the family can enjoy."
‑ Henry Fitzherbert, Daily Express
"Lasse Hallstrom dishes up more classy mediocrity with this brazenly uncomplicated treat for dog lovers."
‑ Cath Clarke, Guardian
"The subsequent tragic events are moving rather than just manipulative, while the bond between man and canine is treated with a tender gravitas that might surprise those expecting merely some doggie-themed weepie."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Radio Times
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