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34% Tomatometer 148 Reviews 74% Audience Score 10,000+ Ratings A devoted dog (Josh Gad) discovers the meaning of its own existence through the lives of the humans it teaches to laugh and love. Reincarnated as multiple canines over the course of five decades, the lovable pooch develops an unbreakable bond with a kindred spirit named Ethan (Bryce Gheisar). As the boy grows older and comes to a crossroad, the dog once again comes back into his life to remind him of his true self. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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

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A Dog's Purpose | Rotten Tomatoes (1) Tara Brady Irish Times A welcome, woofy warning against human speciesism. Rated: 3/5 Jun 14, 2017 Full Review A Dog's Purpose | Rotten Tomatoes (2) Jake Wilson The Age (Australia) This remains a textbook example of what the website Snopes.com refers to as "glurge" -- the kind of gooey uplift associated with the novels of Nicholas Sparks and their film adaptations. Rated: 1.5/5 May 10, 2017 Full Review A Dog's Purpose | Rotten Tomatoes (3) Simran Hans Observer (UK) It's hard not to be charmed by the film's pack of hyperactive, wriggling puppies, but there's only so much time to be spent watching them play before it becomes eye-wateringly banal. Rated: 2/5 May 7, 2017 Full Review A Dog's Purpose | Rotten Tomatoes (4) Hosea Rupprecht Pauline Center for Media Studies Lasse Hallström once again provides theater-goers with some food for thought in A Dog's Purpose. Of course, the food tastes better out of the trash and bacon from under the table is just the best. Aug 26, 2021 Full Review A Dog's Purpose | Rotten Tomatoes (5) Linda and Al Lerner Movies and Shakers It's a safe family film that's a heart tugger for dog lovers. Sep 4, 2019 Full Review A Dog's Purpose | Rotten Tomatoes (6) Rachel Wagner rachelsreviews.net The problem with that premise is you have to watch a dog die 5 times, which is like Marley and Me times 5. Rated: C Mar 12, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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Jack G If you love dogs, this one is worth watching, just make sure you have plenty of tissues Rated 5/5 Stars • Rated 5 out of 5 stars 07/08/24 Full Review Jack N It’s very sad but has a repetitive storyline until the end. Rated 3/5 Stars • Rated 3 out of 5 stars 06/23/24 Full Review Alayna F This is an amazing movie I highly recommend it for ages +5 every time the dog died it made me cry, this movie shows a lot of emotion. Rated 5/5 Stars • Rated 5 out of 5 stars 06/09/24 Full Review Audience Member A Dog's Life" is an exciting remake of Bruce Cameron's film, filmed in the USA. The world premiere of the film took place on January 27, 2017. Directed by Lasse Hallström. The genre of the film is drama, fantasy, action. The plot is exciting and fascinating, telling the story of a dog that can be reborn after death and with each new incarnation comes closer to understanding a person and his problems. The acting is great. The people were very nice and experienced, I also liked the dog in the main role and I was surprised how well trained and obedient he was. The special effects are simply fantastic. I recommend watching this movie because it is short, only 1 hour and 40 minutes, and the movie is filled with love and kindness. I also recommend watching this movie because it's the best thing I've seen in a long time! Rated 5/5 Stars • Rated 5 out of 5 stars 04/18/24 Full Review Dimitar M A heartwarming movie exploring the everlasting bond between a dog and his owner. Hating critics should be honest and just admit they like cats instead. Rated 5/5 Stars • Rated 5 out of 5 stars 04/14/24 Full Review Eduarda O This review may contain spoilers.Pessoalmente, a ideia de colocar uma pessoa para narrar os pensamentos de um cachorro me desagrada, mas foi até que bem colocada aqui, sem exageros, para expressar verbalmente as feições dos doguinhos. Parte que me pegou e diz respeito à prática dá-se no momento que a menina pergunta "No que você está pensando?" e ele responde "Que talvez eu já esteja pronto". Não esperava que choraria tanto nesse filme (três vezes KKK) mas colocarei a culpa na minha TPM. Adorei a maneira que cada uma das vidas foram exploradas mas sem muito enfoque, uma vez que este é de Ethan e Bailey. Ainda assim, da maneira que aconteceu, consegui me apegar o suficiente para chorar na morte da cachorrinha Ella 🥺🥺 Muito bom o filme, e mesmo abordando espiritualidade - assunto cujo qual nos me simpatizo - fez de isso de forma muito leve e proveitosa. Apenas tem um início muito lento e quase desisti de ver. Assistiria de novo caso quisesse pagar o choro da semana, novamente. Rated 2.5/5 Stars • Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 04/13/24 Full Review Read all reviews

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Lasse Hallström Director Josh Gad Bailey Dennis Quaid Ethan Montgomery Peggy Lipton Adult Hannah Bryce Gheisar Ethan - 8 Years Old K.J. Apa Teen Ethan
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Synopsis A devoted dog (Josh Gad) discovers the meaning of its own existence through the lives of the humans it teaches to laugh and love. Reincarnated as multiple canines over the course of five decades, the lovable pooch develops an unbreakable bond with a kindred spirit named Ethan (Bryce Gheisar). As the boy grows older and comes to a crossroad, the dog once again comes back into his life to remind him of his true self.

Director
Lasse Hallström

Producer
Gavin Polone

Screenwriter
W. Bruce Cameron, Cathryn Michon, Audrey Wells, Maya Forbes, Wallace Wolodarsky

Distributor
Universal Pictures

Production Co
Reliance Entertainment, Universal Pictures, Walden Media, Pariah

Rating
PG (Thematic Elements|Some Peril)

Genre
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Original Language
English

Release Date (Theaters)
Jan 27, 2017, Wide

Release Date (Streaming)
Apr 18, 2017

Box Office (Gross USA)
$64.3M

Runtime
2h 0m

Sound Mix
Datasat, Dolby Digital, DTS, Dolby Atmos, SDDS

Aspect Ratio
Scope (2.35:1)
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