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
DVD Release Date: May 2, 2017
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30%
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74%

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Critic Score: 30% 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.

Ellie Walker-Arnott
Time Out

Tugs at your heartstrings like a puppy at a postman's trouser leg.

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Brian Lowry
CNN.com

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

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Tara Brady
Irish Times

A welcome, woofy warning against human speciesism.

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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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Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane

It's hard to work how who this film is pitched at given the very simple narrative.

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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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Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com

It's a movie by dog lovers, for dog lovers, that's more concerned with being cute and cuddly than providing any meaningful insight or substance.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
Nicki Marie
Great movie, but I am never watching it again. The dog dies several times and the scene with the cop devastated me. Not just a few tears, literally bawled in… More
Philip Price
In the opening moments of the latest sun-drenched melodrama from director Lasse Hallström (Chocolat, Hachi: A Dog's Tale) a dog is born and just quickly a… More
EpicLadySponge the Adventurer
Children will have no problem with A Dog's Purpose, but adults who have better things to do will just look at the screen with a bored face wondering when… More