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A Dog's Purpose (2017)



Critic Consensus: 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" shares the soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love.

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Britt Robertson
as Teen Hannah
KJ Apa
as Teen Ethan
John Ortiz
as Carlos
Dennis Quaid
as Adult Ethan
Josh Gad
as Bailey/Buddy/Tino/Ellie
Peggy Lipton
as Adult Hannah
Luke Kirby
as Ethan's Dad
Juliet Rylance
as Ethan's Mom
Bryce Gheisar
as Ethan - 8 Years Old
Gabrielle Rose
as Grandma Fran
Michael Bofshever
as Grandpa Bill
Peter Kelamis
as Dad's Boss
Caroline Cave
as Boss' Wife
Robert Mann
as Delivery Workman
Ron Verwymeren
as Delivery Workman
David J. Lyle
as Country Vet
Kelly-Ruth Mercier
as Atlanta Vet
Cory Wojcik
as Puppy Mill Owner
Ross Douglas Noble
as Puppy Mill Customer
Andrew W. Nolan
as Football Coach
Brent Holtzman
as Police Captain
Paul Jarrett
as Police Lieutenant
Violet Haas
as Elderly Woman
Denesha Lee
as Animal Control Officer
Kalyn Bomback
as Animal Control Yolanda
Dan DeJaeger
as Father at Shelter
Anita Daher
as Mother at Shelter
Reine Lecuyer
as Daughter at Shelter
Rayna Ens-Armstrong
as Daughter at Shelter
Mackenzie Thornton
as Tweener Girl
Avery Thompson
as Tweener Girl
Aidan Ritchie
as Ambulance Attendant
Brooke Warrington
as Bree - 7 Years Old
Kenyan Alexander Walcott
as Ty - 5 Years Old
Treyton Augustus Walcott
as Richie - 4 Years Old
John Bluethner
as Professor
James Janssens
as Alzheimer's Patient
Paul Griggs
as Hot Dog Vender
Grant Burr
as Hardware Store Clerk
Tom Young
as Hardware Store Employee
Alicia Johnston
as Hysterical Mother
Chris Webb
as Kidnapper
Naomi Frenette
as Kidnapped Girl
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Critic Reviews for A Dog's Purpose

All Critics (141) | Top Critics (31)

Tugs at your heartstrings like a puppy at a postman's trouser leg.

May 2, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

All the emotional resonance of a dog-themed novelty coffee-table book.

February 2, 2017 | Full Review…

By the end, I was worn out by all the selfless devotion, all the joyous running across meadows and wheat fields while the camera soars as high as a dog's love for his human.

January 30, 2017 | Full Review…

A peculiar kibble of vignettes, wrapping reincarnation and life lessons together in a sappy Hallmark Channel-style doggy sweater.

January 30, 2017 | Full Review…
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"A Dog's Purpose" left me cherishing my borderline-venerable Skeezix; longing to see Scamp and Fluff and Sukoshi and Sally, the dear departed dogs of my life; and wishing I could have been reincarnated as a better master than I was.

January 29, 2017 | Full Review…

A manipulative script about dog reincarnation that whacks your emotions like a piñata - that's forgivable. But no mercy for a film charged with canine abuse behind the scenes. It shouldn't happen to a dog.

January 27, 2017 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for A Dog's Purpose

Great movie, but I am never watching it again. The dog dies several times and the scene with the cop devastated me. Not just a few tears, literally bawled in public. Anyone whose ever loved a dog is likely to cry! Very well made and good acting. I didn't realise this director did Hatchi as well. That figures. I cried in that one too! Not like this though. Surely a dog shouldn't die more than once per movie!!!

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer


In the opening moments of the latest sun-drenched melodrama from director Lasse Hallström (Chocolat, Hachi: A Dog's Tale) a dog is born and just quickly a dog is euthanized. It's a strange way to open a PG-rated family film about man's best friend, but was apparently the best way to set the stage for a film whose premise is that of dog reincarnation as narrated by Olaf from Frozen. Sound strange? It is, a little bit, but not nearly as bad as you might think though not nearly as effective as it should be either. This is taking into considering the fact the writers/producers and Hallström don't shy away from exploiting what is arguably the easiest way to elicit tears from your audience-a dog dying. They do this at least four times. And yet, through each of these segments, each of these lives that we see different breeds and genders of dogs lead (all voiced by Josh Gad) there is never that moment that just breaks you in the way you expect a movie like this to do. It seems there was no hesitation in doing what it takes to get the audience to that point, but the execution never matches the intention thus making A Dog's Purpose more of a sleeper than the quickly euthanized pup we met in the first scene. read the whole review at www.reviewsfromabed.com

Philip Price
Philip Price

Super Reviewer


Children will have no problem with A Dog's Purpose, but adults who have better things to do will just look at the screen with a bored face wondering when is this going to end. Adults in general should look for a film that's worth seeing. Great movie to place children while watching your average R-rated movie.

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