Max Reviews

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April 9, 2020
Max is cynical, joyless, and filled with surprising violence.
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.
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 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).
August 7, 2015
Jingoistic propaganda and heart-tugging cornball melodrama about a dog with PTSD. It's how we are Enduring Freedom. God bless America.
August 7, 2015
August 6, 2015
This drama is an intensely patriotic affair, which plays at times like a canine version of Clint Eastwood's American Sniper.
August 6, 2015
A bizarrely earnest kids movie.
August 5, 2015
With every clunking homily to obedience in the script by Rambo III's Sheldon Lettich, Max starts to feel less like wholesome family entertainment and more like some ideological project.
August 3, 2015
Not as flag-wavingly cheesy as it might have been - but that doesn't make it a good film.
August 3, 2015
An overly sentimental, ham-fisted family drama ...
July 20, 2015
This story of a loyal dog is not as, uh, fetching as it could have been.
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