Emotional dog tale features drinking, violence, and loss.
| Original Score: 4/5
It's guaranteed to bring tears and laughter to popular audiences, and those who turn up their muzzles at it are on a canine to nothing.
Even hardened blokes will struggle not to choke back a few tears at the end.
| Original Score: 3/5
Pretty sappy stuff, but the film-makers use knowing humour to snare more cynical viewers and are well-served by the cast.
I do like a good dog in a family movie.
Heart's in the right place, but very broad and quite irritating too.
| Original Score: 2/5
Hollywood's own family fare could probably learn a little from this sweet-natured and surprisingly affecting Aussie hit.
Well, it's a doggy story for humans, anyway: an avowedly true-life tale that comes across like a well-meaning PG-certification of the real world.
Shamelessly enjoyable, this raucous Aussie movie keeps us laughing - and ultimately sniffling back the tears - as it recounts an urban myth.
All this is relayed in flashback and the storytelling is a tad episodic but it's exuberantly told, with some engaging characters and colourful visuals. Dog-lovers may even find themselves wiping away a tear or two.
Enjoyable, emotionally engaging doggy drama with likeable characters, a nicely structured script, a strong sense of place and terrific performances from a superb ensemble cast.
It's not quite as blatant a tearjerker as some of its pooch-based predecessors, and frankly, it's all the better for it.
The humans are a pretty generic, but the dog is a charmer.
A heartwarming tale about man's best friend.
The human characters are rather sketchily drawn and the storytelling follows a blandly 'uplifting' path.
A film with as much substance as a very long beer ad.
Miners are telling Red Dog stories, and so it's essentially a series of personal flashbacks that grow larger with the retelling, exactly the way mythology gets kickstarted.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
I was immensely moved by "Red Dog", and I can't picture a movie-goer who won't be. It's wonderful.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Rough-hewn as it is, it's emotionally satisfying.
What matters here is the heart, and only a true cynic would find Red Dog totally unenjoyable.