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Red Dog (2011)


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Based on the legendary true story of the Red Dog who united a disparate local community while roaming the Australian outback in search of his long lost master.


Drama, Kids & Family, Comedy

Louis de Bernières, Daniel Taplitz

Oct 2, 2012

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All Critics (34) | Top Critics (1) | Fresh (26) | Rotten (6)

It's not quite as blatant a tearjerker as some of its pooch-based predecessors, and frankly, it's all the better for it.

February 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Emotional dog tale features drinking, violence, and loss.

August 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

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.

February 25, 2012 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Even hardened blokes will struggle not to choke back a few tears at the end.

February 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Pretty sappy stuff, but the film-makers use knowing humour to snare more cynical viewers and are well-served by the cast.

February 24, 2012 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

I do like a good dog in a family movie.

February 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Birmingham Mail
Birmingham Mail

Heart's in the right place, but very broad and quite irritating too.

February 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

Hollywood's own family fare could probably learn a little from this sweet-natured and surprisingly affecting Aussie hit.

February 24, 2012 Full Review Source: What Culture | Comment (1)
What Culture

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.

February 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Guardian | Comment (1)

Shamelessly enjoyable, this raucous Aussie movie keeps us laughing - and ultimately sniffling back the tears - as it recounts an urban myth.

February 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Comment (1)
Shadows on the Wall

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.

February 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

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.

February 22, 2012 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

The humans are a pretty generic, but the dog is a charmer.

February 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Scotsman

A heartwarming tale about man's best friend.

February 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

The human characters are rather sketchily drawn and the storytelling follows a blandly 'uplifting' path.

February 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

A film with as much substance as a very long beer ad.

December 7, 2011 Full Review Source: | Comments (7)

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.

October 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Honolulu Star-Advertiser

I was immensely moved by "Red Dog", and I can't picture a movie-goer who won't be. It's wonderful.

August 11, 2011 Full Review Source: ABC Radio (Australia) | Comments (3)
ABC Radio (Australia)

Rough-hewn as it is, it's emotionally satisfying.

August 5, 2011 Full Review Source: MovieTime, ABC Radio National
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

What matters here is the heart, and only a true cynic would find Red Dog totally unenjoyable.

August 4, 2011 Full Review Source: The Standard
The Standard

Audience Reviews for Red Dog

Sentimental Australian family film and great emotional based-on-a-true-story tale of adventure, love and lasting friendship with a wandering, dust-covered Kelpie. It is familiar to Lassie, Benji and true Hachti as Red Dog is a dog for the soul.
Based on a short story penned by Louis de Bernieres, who was inspired by actual events in Australia, director Kriv Stenders has risen to the challenge. Red Dog is a stunningly shot fable that captures the beauty of the Outback while never losing sight of the human - and canine - spirit needed to exist in the often harsh environs.
Koko the dog plays as title role has expressions that would make some actors look wooden. He steals your heart. The landscapes of the northwest show the expanse of the area, whilst capturing the spirit of the 'settlers' of Dampier, which is a real town. It's a wild country and the stubby shorts the blokes are wearing are so 1970's.
As for star power, Josh Lucas stars as the wanderer turned bus driver John who becomes the one and only de-facto owner of Red Dog as they form a loyal master-dog relationship, with Rachael Taylor playing Nancy his love interest whom he met while serving the community, and she getting into a tussle with Red Dog on his bus. Their romance will form the crux which the story will revolve around briefly, although there are other stories which I enjoyed such as how Red Dog got into assisting an Italian miner Vanno (Arthur Angel) go after a nurse (Keisha Castle-Hughes), and a heart-wrenching moment involving the themes of loyalty and longing. And I was surprised to see two supporting actors, Noah Taylor and Loene Carmen played as married couple, reunited again since 1987's The Year My Voice Broke - almost 25 years.
February 17, 2013
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

A great story and a visually rich film, directed beautifully with a good cast of actors. Unfortunately the story is told badly and a couple of dodgy supporting actors are given far too much screen time. That and the disjointed way the story is told (told to some random cardboard-cut-out actor) spoils what could and should have been something special. A huge error in judgement by someone and a massive disappointment.
September 3, 2012

Super Reviewer

Nothing you haven't seen before crossed with a whole heap of sappiness. Full review later.
August 6, 2011
Thomas Bowler

Super Reviewer

A heartwarming Aussie tale about a small mining town setting their differences aside to look after a Kelpie dog by the name of Red Dog. This film made me and my family laugh, cry and generally gave us a warm and fuzzy feeling inside. It stuck such a powerful chord to me and my family, who all of us have been owners of a variety of animals (Corgi breed dogs, rabbits and birds) If you don't feel any strong emotion from this film, you're either selfish or heartless.
March 26, 2013
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