Max Reviews

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August 7, 2015
Woof.
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.
June 29, 2015
Max is an absurdly violent PG-rated movie in which kids and dogs are repeatedly in peril.
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
It's like they invited the Coen brothers - or maybe Quentin Tarantino - to script a few scenes of a "Dora the Explorer" episode.
June 26, 2015
Yakin executes the touching material with the expected serviceability.
June 26, 2015
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.
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.
June 25, 2015
It might seem as though "Max" got its premise from heartstring-tugging YouTube videos of dogs at Army funerals, but the film is better than one might assume.
June 25, 2015
Mr. Yakin opts for bullets, explosions and blood vengeance when handcuffs and perp walks would do the job. Not that "Max" has any clear or coherent sense of mission.
June 25, 2015
Love the dog, hate the people.
June 25, 2015
Surely sincerity doesn't have to feel this amateurish.
June 25, 2015
It counterbalances sentimentality with a dose of cynicism and, although the film's second half is considerably weaker than the first hour, it offers better entertainment than several big budget films clogging multiplex auditoriums.
June 25, 2015
"Max" can be corny, but writer-director Boaz Yakin makes it mostly work.
June 25, 2015
When the films sticks with heart-tugging soldier stuff, it's not bad. When it goes beyond that premise, it becomes so entirely outlandish that it's not enjoyable anymore.
June 25, 2015
If only Max had played fetch with a better and less manipulative story.
June 25, 2015
Though the lead performance would do Lassie and Rin Tin Tin proud, the increasingly ludicrous, clich-packed plot generates not an ounce of suspense.
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