Megan Leavey Reviews

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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.
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 9, 2017
"Megan Leavey" isn't a big, or particularly surprising picture; it sketches out a simple story and then, reliably delivers.
June 9, 2017
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
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
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
The emotion in Megan Leavey is not forced. It flows, up and down the leash, just like it's supposed to.
June 9, 2017
"Megan Leavey" works because it takes Leavey seriously as a character, and it studies her journey through her life and through the Marines before Rex is even a factor in the story.
June 9, 2017
May not be the smoothest piece of filmmaking, but wears its emotions honestly and benefits from offering a look at a rarely explored arena of human-animal relationships: dogs trained for combat.
June 8, 2017
If the conclusion doesn't bring a tear to your eye, you're way too cynical.
June 8, 2017
As it stands, the movie's power never pops off the screen.
June 8, 2017
Kate Mara imbues the role with plenty of grit and pluck but it's Rex, the dog she bonds with, who turns out to be a natural in front of the camera.
June 8, 2017
This movie is rarely more than merely competent, but it should stir lovers of justice as well as dog fanciers.
June 8, 2017
This is a good story, well told.
June 8, 2017
This is an affecting story about loyalty, sacrifice, and the forging of identity.
June 8, 2017
If you have a soft spot for dogs, this is a love story you'll find irresistible.
June 8, 2017
"Megan Leavey" is an affecting look at the bond between a Marine and her dog. It's not quite so successful on the human front.
June 8, 2017
When Megan Leavey touches upon the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder in both humans and animals, it looks capable of bringing something novel to the human-and-dog formula. Most of the time, it's a rote biography of someone a dog really liked.
June 8, 2017
Not only is it a compelling metaphor for a woman finding independence and empowerment, it dramatizes a primal emotional relationship that proves heartbreaking and triumphant.
June 7, 2017
A somewhat low-key war drama, but it's hard to resist its sweet spirit and fuzzy warmth.
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