The Dog Lover
The Dog Lover (2016)

Sara Gold is a rising star at the United Animal Protection Agency (UAPA), a major animal rights organization that conducts animal rescues and lobbies for better animal welfare laws. Handpicked for a major assignment, Sara goes undercover as… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: July 8, 2016
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

It's all as clunkily melodramatic as it sounds, with the climactic trial sequences proving particularly slow going.

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Michael Rechtshaffen
Los Angeles Times

The film's prevailing theme may be that nothing is black and white, but the execution ... proves spottier than a kennel full of caged Dalmatians.

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Edward Douglas
Film Journal International

At best, The Dog Lover is like a bad Hallmark Channel or Lifetime movie, so bland and vanilla it would be inhumane to canines to call it a "dog" of a movie.

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Glenn Kenny

The movie is shamelessly manipulative on several levels, and the cast members do their respective bits effectively.

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Roxana Hadadi
Punch Drunk Critics

The Dog Lover may be "based on a true story," but everything about it feels so artificial and agenda-driven that it's impossible to enjoy unless you're already firmly on its side.

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Dann Gire
Chicago Daily Herald

The Dog Lover looks less like a cheesy drama destined for the Lifetime Channel than it does a piece of anti-government propaganda. In this movie at least, the businessman is the underdog.

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Owen Gleiberman

Rescue-dog purists may not approve of the line "The Dog Lover" takes, yet to this dog lover it comes off as compassionate and realistic: a plea for a place where good care can become common sense.

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Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media

Heavy-handed drama is well-acted but manipulative.

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Harvey S. Karten

Clever but manipulative.

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