Hachi: A Dog's Tale Reviews

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Joly Herman
Common Sense Media
December 19, 2010
Dramatic story of a dog's devotion is emotionally intense.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
October 17, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Alissa Simon
Variety
April 29, 2010
Pic's main problem is that its human story lacks drama; Hachi's the central attraction.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 20, 2010
An immensely appealing drama about the extraordinary love and devotion of a dog for his beloved human companion.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Robbie Collin
News of the World
March 16, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Derek Malcolm
This is London
March 16, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express
March 16, 2010
A simple, old-fashioned heartwarmer that all the family can enjoy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent
March 16, 2010
Bland beyond endurance.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
March 16, 2010
This is mutt mush, pure and simple-minded, for those in the mood.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Cath Clarke
Guardian
March 15, 2010
Lasse Hallstrom dishes up more classy mediocrity with this brazenly uncomplicated treat for dog lovers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

Daily Mail [UK]
March 15, 2010
Painstakingly innocuous.
Philip French
Observer [UK]
March 15, 2010
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.
Trevor Johnston
Radio Times
March 15, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Wendy Ide
Times [UK]
March 15, 2010
The man who once directed What's Eating Gilbert Grape? is now the Hallmark greeting card of movie-makers.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Edward Porter
Times [UK]
March 15, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5

Sky Movies
March 15, 2010
Come the sniffly denouement, it would take a hard heart not to be won over. Even cynics might find their noses a little wet.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Simon Reynolds
Digital Spy
March 15, 2010
In the canon of recent canine cinema, there are far worse movies than this.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Derek Adams
Time Out
March 15, 2010
Sensitively directed and rarely over-sentimental, this touching parable will likely ravish the emotions of dog lovers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
March 15, 2010
Not a dry eye in the house - but not irritating schmaltz either.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
March 13, 2010
...a warm and winning family movie about a scholar (Richard Gere) who discovers a lost Akita puppy on his way home from work.
Full Review | Original Score: 85/100
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