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Megan Leavey (2017)

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Critic Consensus: Megan Leavey honors its real-life subjects with a sensitive, uplifting drama whose honest emotion more than makes up for its mild approach to the story.

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MEGAN LEAVEY is based on the true life story of a young marine corporal (Kate Mara) whose unique discipline and bond with her military combat dog saved many lives during their deployment in Iraq. When she is assigned to clean up the K9 unit after a disciplinary hearing, Leavey identifies with a particularly aggressive dog, Rex, and is given the chance to train him. Over the course of their service, Megan and Rex completed more than 100 missions until an IED explosion injures them, putting their fate in jeopardy. Directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite (BLACKFISH) from a screenplay by Pamela Gray and Annie Mumolo & Tim Lovestedt, the film also stars Edie Falco, Ramón Rodríguez, Bradley Whitford, and Common.

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Kate Mara
as Megan Leavey
Ramon Rodríguez
as Matt Morales
Tom Felton
as Sergeant Andrew Dean
Common
as Gunny Martin
Edie Falco
as Jackie Leavey
Corey Johnson
as Master Sergeant
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All Critics (83) | Top Critics (29)

Kate Mara is raw and riveting in the title role, a marine who ends up in combat in Iraq with a bomb-sniffing German shepherd. It's a true story that earns your tears.

June 19, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Director Gabriela Cowperthwaite's spare handheld camera work comes into its own once the canine teams are out in the field.

June 15, 2017 | Full Review…
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"Megan Leavey" isn't a big, or particularly surprising picture; it sketches out a simple story and then, reliably delivers.

June 9, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

If you're looking for a good cry, Megan Leavey gets the job done, I suppose. But it's a bit like a wet kiss from a puppy.

June 9, 2017 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

The film - the feature directorial debut for Gabriela Cowperthwaite, whose orcas-in-peril documentary, Blackfish, struck a nerve - treats the handler/dog relationship with respect, not cheap sensationalism.

June 9, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

With a female-directed, female-driven film this small, criticizing it feels like beating a baby seal. While well intentioned, the human-and-dog interest story lacks narrative drive and star Kate Mara is a limp noodle.

June 9, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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