Max Reviews

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April 9, 2020
Max is cynical, joyless, and filled with surprising violence.
December 8, 2019
Filled with emotion, the joys of summer, the excitement, and thrill of adventure, there's nothing quite like the story of a boy and his dog.
May 4, 2019
Max is deceptively simple and entirely effective. Heart-melting and humorous, this moving film has more to offer than an adorable dog.
April 17, 2019
Yakin may let Max may meander a little, thematically, but any filmmaker who takes the time to craft a family film (only a smattering of language and "peril") wedgied in the same week as an R-rated movie about a degenerate stuffed bear is OK in my book.
August 28, 2018
Suckers for animal movies will forgive the movie's predictability, but even the jaded may find that its script and musical cues reveal an occasionally thoughtful film wrapped in multiplex sheep's clothing.
August 21, 2018
"Max" is a family film that will capture your heart, pull on those heart-strings quite a bit, and deliver a message for every age.
October 30, 2017
Max is a doggy tale of canine heroism that comes with such a generous side-order of good ol' American, flag-waving patriotism that its potential appeal to British audiences will surely be limited.
June 10, 2016
How a sweet story about a boy and his dog turns into a lame thriller about backwoods weapons dealing is anyone's guess.
January 2, 2016
I'm sure a few people will be easily manipulated and distracted by the cute dog. It happens. Otherwise, Max is a waste of your time.
January 1, 2016
Despite some great performances from both the young Wiggins, Thomas Hayden Church and the impressive and loveable Max, if you're looking for anything other than a minor distraction you're barking up the wrong tree.
December 17, 2015
Lost in this shuffle of bullets and narrow misses is Yakin's stated goal of telling a story about the great service that military dogs provide... I'm not sure where that film went, but the bizarre, violent mess I saw isn't it.
December 4, 2015
There are life-and-death moments for both people and animals. But there are also moments of great vividity, of tearing through the woods with a dog at your side and choosing difficult honor over expedient disgrace.
November 16, 2015
Though littered with sentiment and family movie hokum, this story of a military dog suffering from post-traumatic stress finds the essence of true friendship, prompting uncontrolled saline leaks from the eyeball.
November 5, 2015
Max is much more interested in action than character development. The sad result is a noble film that starts strong but quickly circles the drain by the end of its 111-minute run time.
October 27, 2015
It starts off as a perfectly sweet and touching family film before making an abrupt left turn into something much darker and less appropriate for young children.
August 31, 2015
It has its moments--mostly involving the title character, a Belgian Malinois--but its human story remains stock and stodgy. A lot more bark than bite here; Max is nothing to go mad over.
August 13, 2015
I wasn't expecting to like Max - it's the story of a military-trained dog that is shipped back to America after his handler is killed in action - but it's surprisingly enjoyable.
August 10, 2015
Does a mediocre job at recognising the contribution of animals in wartime.
August 9, 2015
A watchable but predictable family film drenched in stars-and-stripes piety - Lassie Come Home with combat stress.
August 8, 2015
Hey buddy, if you don't like it here, go and live in Russia (or its 21st century equivalent).
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