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Max (2015)



Critic Consensus: Max has good intentions and tries to hearken back to classic family-friendly features, but its disjointed, manipulative plot overwhelms the efforts of its talented human and canine stars.

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A military dog from Afghanistan is adopted by his late handler's grieving family in the U.S., where his close bond with the soldier's brother leads to a life-altering revelation in this family-friendly adventure from MGM and director Boaz Yakin (who penned the screenplay alongside writer Sheldon Lettich). ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Josh Wiggins
as Justin Wincott
Jay Hernandez
as Sergeant Reyes
Luke Kleintank
as Tyler Harne
Robbie Amell
as Kyle Wincott
Owen Harn
as Deputy Stack
Raymond W. Beal
as Animal Control Handler #1/Marine
Edgar Arreola
as Cartel Leader
Jason A. Davis
as Police Officer
Pete Burris
as S-2 Major
Joan Q. Scott
as Blue-Haired Lady
Ian Gregg
as Latino Kid
Thomas LaMarche
as Bike Teen #1
Alex Schuler
as Bike Teen #2
Zarina Aurah
as Afghan Village Woman
Varkas Everest
as Afghan Village Man #1
Nazareth Dairian
as Afghan Village Man #2
Naim Alherimi
as Afghan Village Man #3
Issa Alherimi
as Afghan Village Man #4
Zeeko Zaki
as Afghan Policeman
David Flores
as Bike Kid #1
Khamary Grant
as Bike Kid #3
Hayley Alexis Joplin
as Bike Park Teen
Nik Allen
as Moving Truck Driver
as Max
Jack Solomon
as Marine Dog Handler
Sean Archulet
as Highway Patrol Officer
Christian Brunetti
as Alpha Team Leader/Marine
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Critic Reviews for Max

All Critics (90) | Top Critics (27)

Not as flag-wavingly cheesy as it might have been - but that doesn't make it a good film.

Full Review… | August 3, 2015
Time Out
Top Critic

Max is an absurdly violent PG-rated movie in which kids and dogs are repeatedly in peril.

Full Review… | June 29, 2015
Top Critic

Yakin doesn't condescend to his audience, and infuses his plot with a surprisingly ambitious and revealing commentary about the experience of war.

Full Review… | June 26, 2015
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

It's like they invited the Coen brothers - or maybe Quentin Tarantino - to script a few scenes of a "Dora the Explorer" episode.

Full Review… | June 26, 2015
Associated Press
Top Critic

Yakin executes the touching material with the expected serviceability.

Full Review… | June 26, 2015
Village Voice
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Lassie and her child companions often got into some dicey scrapes, but as much as I can recall, they usually didn't result in much of a body count.

Full Review… | June 26, 2015
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Audience Reviews for Max

Filmed in Charlotte, North Carolina by a bunch of my friends- it's a positive story- although a bit forced. I definitely think it's more violent than it's PG rated tends to lead you. I wouldn't want my kid to watch it until they were teens. It feels like a TV movie but it from the director of Remember The Titans and from the producer of Marley & Me. Rating 6.5 / 10

Jonathan Grubbs
Jonathan Grubbs

Entertaining and fun, Max is an inspirational family film. The story follows a military dog who's slated to be put down after going feral in the wake of a firefight in Afghanistan, ,but he's rescued by the family of his former handler and retrained. The plot's pretty clichéd and predictable, yet it kind of works; giving the audience what they want (animal and family bonding and healing together). Still, the kid is kind of annoying at times and the subplot about black market arms dealing is rather contrived. However, despite its little problems, Max is a solid film with a positive message about friendship and bravery.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

Super Reviewer


I like the homage to the veterans and serving dogs this movie boasts, but it is predictable at times. Great young cast they make you laugh. The interaction between the dog and boy is quite believable and well done.

Jarrin Rozenblad
Jarrin Rozenblad

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