Max Reviews

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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.
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.
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 6, 2015
Attaboy.
August 6, 2015
The truly effective emotional arc is handed to the furry member of the cast.
July 10, 2015
A busy film crowded with serious subject material that rarely goes for cheap nods at sentimentality while still being a patriotic movie that has plenty of heartfelt moments.
July 3, 2015
Tugging at the heartstrings, this movie has enough innocence to get you misty-eyed.
June 30, 2015
As usual, the dog (a Malinois, a Belgian Shepherd MWD) steals the film. Writer/director Boaz Yakin has made a film that has youthful romance, boy-dog affection, and suspense with bad guys all around.
June 29, 2015
Older kids and anyone who loves dogs will get something from "Max" but not quite enough.
June 29, 2015
Schmaltzy canine action-adventure...
June 26, 2015
Tugging at the heartstrings isn't always a delicate process. Sometimes just plain yanking gets the job done.
June 26, 2015
Brave military dog saves the day in intense adventure.
June 26, 2015
Yakin doesn't condescend to his audience, and infuses his plot with a surprisingly ambitious and revealing commentary about the experience of war.
June 26, 2015
Yakin executes the touching material with the expected serviceability.
June 26, 2015
Don't you sometimes want Cheetos? Well, "Max" is like a big bowl of them, with a dog to share them with. Who's such a good boy. Such a good boy.
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