An inevitably episodic and repetitive film that for all its laboured canine capers - and my goodness, there are a lot of them - never comes close to charming, at least not until Dennis Quaid joins the cast for what I admit is quite a sweet final chapter.
"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.
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.