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Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009)


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Based on the 1987 Japanese film Hachiko Monogatari, as well as on a true story, Hachi: A Dog's Tale stars Richard Gere as a college professor who finds an abandoned dog and takes the poor lost animal in. The film follows the two as the man and animal soon form a strong and unexplainable bond. Joan Allen co-stars in the Inferno Entertainment production. ~ Cammila Albertson, Rovi


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Mar 9, 2010

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All Critics (26) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (16) | Rotten (10) | DVD (3)

Pic's main problem is that its human story lacks drama; Hachi's the central attraction.

April 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Variety | Comments (2)
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Sensitively directed and rarely over-sentimental, this touching parable will likely ravish the emotions of dog lovers.

March 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Even the manliest moviegoer likes to have a good cry from time to time.

March 11, 2010 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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Dramatic story of a dog's devotion is emotionally intense.

December 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

An unapologetic tear-jerker. You might resent being emotionally manipulated by this film, but I challenge even the most hard-hearted moviegoer not to spill some saltwater while watching it.

October 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune | Comment (1)
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

An immensely appealing drama about the extraordinary love and devotion of a dog for his beloved human companion.

March 20, 2010 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

This is the film equivalent of Nice biscuits, or snow globes, or N-Dubz. You're vaguely aware that they exist but you don't know anyone who actually likes them.

March 16, 2010 Full Review Source: News of the World | Comments (8)
News of the World

Itâ(TM)s an extraordinary and touching story but told with too beady an eye on the box-office for comfort - even if youâ(TM)re a doggy person.

March 16, 2010 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

A simple, old-fashioned heartwarmer that all the family can enjoy.

March 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

Bland beyond endurance.

March 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Independent | Comments (2)

This is mutt mush, pure and simple-minded, for those in the mood.

March 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

Lasse Hallstrom dishes up more classy mediocrity with this brazenly uncomplicated treat for dog lovers.

March 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Guardian

Painstakingly innocuous.

March 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]
Daily Mail [UK]

Hachiko: A Dog's Tale is pretty pointless, and the director, Lasse Hallstrom, who made his name with the remarkable Swedish movie My Life As a Dog, continues to punch below his weight with another candied slice of sweet-natured Americana.

March 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Observer [UK] | Comments (14)
Observer [UK]

The subsequent tragic events are moving rather than just manipulative, while the bond between man and canine is treated with a tender gravitas that might surprise those expecting merely some doggie-themed weepie.

March 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

The man who once directed What's Eating Gilbert Grape? is now the Hallmark greeting card of movie-makers.

March 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Times [UK] | Comments (2)
Times [UK]

It's not a story that could ever move me: all I see in it is a dumb animal who doesn't know any better.

March 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Times [UK] | Comments (56)
Times [UK]

Come the sniffly denouement, it would take a hard heart not to be won over. Even cynics might find their noses a little wet.

March 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

In the canon of recent canine cinema, there are far worse movies than this.

March 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

Not a dry eye in the house - but not irritating schmaltz either.

March 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

...a warm and winning family movie about a scholar (Richard Gere) who discovers a lost Akita puppy on his way home from work.

March 13, 2010 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Audience Reviews for Hachi: A Dog's Tale

Actually better than I expected. I don't really like Richard Gere, and Joan Allen's pillow face was distracting, but the dog is a real star and directed in a way that made you see through his eyes. Was very sad at the end, though.
March 2, 2013

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A great family film but real tear jerker. If your a animal lover or have a dog you will cry your eyes out on this movie. About a dog who is faithful to his master even after his death. A must see, no tissues, you will need paper towels. 5 Stars
December 8, 2011
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

This wonderful family film is one of the most treasured and heartwarming true stories ever told. In this story grows deeper, a beautiful friendship of a dog and his master unfolds embodying the true spirt of family and loyalty, while inspiring the hearts of an entire town. Beautifully shot and edited. At the end of the movie, I was in tears absolutely broken down crying my eyes out because I really love dogs.
Richard Gere makes fantastic performance, he bonds really well with the dog and it never feel like watching an actor at all - it genuinely seems to be a movie with his own dog!
This film generally adheres to the actual true story of a golden brown Akita dog in Japan in 1924. Highly recommendation!
Remade of Japanese's 1987 movie, Hachiko Monogatari (aka The Tale of Hachiko).
April 16, 2011
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

Very sad and touching story. It makes me proud to be a Swede whenever Lasse Hallström makes a movie of such beauty and high quality. But it's not just the directing and plot that's great, but also the acting in general. Richard Gere brings a really warm and heartfelt performance to the screen, and his bonding with the dog Hachiko is very authentic in its essence. The fact that it's based on a true story made it even more affecting. It's not often a movie makes me cry, but this one had me in tears during its last half hour. Anyone who is a dog lover ought to see and enjoy this wonderful film.
March 13, 2011
Mike S

Super Reviewer

    1. Cate Wilson: It's been a while.
    2. Ken: It certainly has.
    3. Cate Wilson: It's ten years. Can you believe it?
    – Submitted by Sira S (2 months ago)
    1. Ken: [talking in Japanese] It's been a year, hasn't it? I wake up sometimes in the middle of the night and think about Parker. He was a good friend. I understand how you feel. Hachi, my friend, Parker is never coming home. But if Hachiko wants to wait, then Hachiko should wait. You want to wait for him, don't you? Have a long life, Hachi.
    – Submitted by Thet M (2 years ago)
    1. Ken: Ronnie - 11 years: Where did Grandpa find Hachi?
    2. Cate Wilson: Ronnie, actually, Hachi found your grandfather.
    – Submitted by Anshul V (2 years ago)
    1. Carl: Look, you don't have to wait anymore. He's not coming back.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
    1. Parker Wilson: I'm a lot older than you but I tend to think that there's an element of music that cannot be captured. Life cannot be captured. Human heart cannot be captured. The moment of creation itself is fleeting.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
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