A Dog's Purpose
A Dog's Purpose (2017)

"A Dog's Purpose" shares the soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love.

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: January 27, 2017
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Critic Score: 34% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A Dog's Purpose offers an awkward blend of sugary sentiment and canine suffering that tugs at animal-loving audiences' heartstrings with shameless abandon.

Katie Walsh
Los Angeles Times

All the emotional resonance of a dog-themed novelty coffee-table book.

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

"A Dog's Purpose" left me cherishing my borderline-venerable Skeezix; longing to see Scamp and Fluff and Sukoshi and Sally, the dear departed dogs of my life; and wishing I could have been reincarnated as a better master than I was.

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Pete Vonder Haar
Houston Press

A Dog's Purpose will find a great Hallmark Channel following among folks who refer to their pets as their children and mean it.

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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Magazine/Vulture

By the end, I was worn out by all the selfless devotion, all the joyous running across meadows and wheat fields while the camera soars as high as a dog's love for his human.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

A manipulative script about dog reincarnation that whacks your emotions like a piñata - that's forgivable. But no mercy for a film charged with canine abuse behind the scenes. It shouldn't happen to a dog.

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Pete Hammond
Deadline Hollywood Daily

An irresistible boy and his dog tale that will have you laughing through tears. For anyone who ever loved a dog.

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Brian Lowry

A peculiar kibble of vignettes, wrapping reincarnation and life lessons together in a sappy Hallmark Channel-style doggy sweater.

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Matthew Lickona
San Diego Reader

Whatever a dog's purpose might be, the movie's purpose is clear: to make you smile and say, "Awww." Woof.

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Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

The movie is enjoyable enough.

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