Megan Leavey Reviews

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June 27, 2017
Megan Leavey ultimately nails a few moments you weren't expecting it to, almost making up for its lack of focus and unwillingness to commit to its main storyline.
June 23, 2017
This deeply satisfying military drama demonstrates that a simple, even familiar story can be powerfully effective when told with big heart and solid craft.
June 19, 2017
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 16, 2017
The movie is pretty good, but it's hard to escape the feeling that there's a much better movie in Megan Leavey's true story, one that never got off the drawing board.
Top Critic
June 15, 2017
Director Gabriela Cowperthwaite's spare handheld camera work comes into its own once the canine teams are out in the field.
June 15, 2017
Offering The Ultimate Sacrifice
June 15, 2017
Based on the true story of a Marine and her bomb-sniffing dog, the movie is a well-told weepie, especially if you're a full-blown animal lover.
June 14, 2017
Mara has her best screen outing yet.
June 11, 2017
Occasionally harrowing and always touching.
June 10, 2017
A heart-warming weepy melodrama that's especially tuned into dog lovers.
June 10, 2017
Perhaps no two film genres are more susceptible to clichés than movies about animals and movies about war. "Megan Leavey" is both. And yet it's a very moving film that doesn't slip into melodrama or sentimentality, earning its tears from viewers honestly.
June 10, 2017
A never-ending return to the States makes it all seem like just a good TV movie, with a cast that includes Edie Falco and Bradley Whitford, as Megan's divorced parents.
June 9, 2017
Megan Leavey does the feel-good job everyone intends, an interesting story straightforwardly told. Cowperthwaite and Mara won't get a fraction of Wonder Woman's audience yet deserve as much respect.
June 9, 2017
It's hard not to like a good old-fashioned, drawn from life, girl-and-her-dog story.
June 9, 2017
Cowperthwaite is a documentarian and brings a low-key naturalism to the storytelling, and Mara is excellent in revealing Leavey's growing sense of confidence and purpose.
June 9, 2017
Cowperthwaite avoids potential pitfalls by concentrating on the title character and her extraordinary real-life journey.
June 9, 2017
It wants to treat war with the seriousness it deserves while sparing the audience of anything that might be disconcerting.
June 9, 2017
Megan Leavey is an energetic and emotional combat drama about a female warrior discovering the power of love on the battlefield, helmed by a female director who polished her craft in the independent-film world.
June 9, 2017
Cowperthwaite's approach is low key so that the heroics of both Leavey and her dog Rex play out as something that was just an everyday part of their job in Iraq and not like some Michael Bay action film.
June 9, 2017
As its title indicates, Megan Leavey is not interested in the war as such. What it offers instead is the story of her journey, heartfelt and well acted, but never surprising.
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