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Its heartstring-tugging overtures may be difficult for dog lovers to resist, but The Art of Racing in the Rain is sentimental and contrived. Read critic reviews

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Denny Swift is a Formula One race car driver who understands that the techniques needed on the racetrack can also be used to successfully navigate everyday life. Besides his career, Denny has three loves of his life -- his beautiful wife, their young daughter and his best friend, which is a dog that wants to be reincarnated into a human.

Cast & Crew

Gary Cole
Don Kitch
Al Sapienza
Luca Pantoni
Donald Heng
Sean Wright
Mark Bomback
Screenwriter
Donald J. Lee Jr.
Executive Producer
Joannie Burstein
Executive Producer
James C. France
Executive Producer
Ross Emery
Cinematographer
Adam Recht
Film Editor
Dustin O'Halloran
Original Music
Volker Bertelmann
Original Music
Brent Thomas
Production Design
Shannon Grover
Art Director
Zoe Jirik
Set Decoration
Monique Prudhomme
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  • For all of the talent of its cast and crew this adaptation of Stein's best-seller stalls out on the track long before it has the chance to reach the finish line.

    August 14, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • I feel like this device probably works a lot better on the page... It is so mawkish, smothered in cloying anthropomorphism from start to finish.

    August 12, 2019 | Full Review…
  • It's laughably contrived and shamelessly calculating. Dog's bollocks, but not in a good way.

    August 11, 2019 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • Cancer is to melodrama what CGI is to the MCU: a cheap, easy tool to control audience emotions used by filmmakers (in this case, director Simon Curtis and scenarist Mark Bomback) who have nothing to sell but tripe.

    August 10, 2019 | Rating: 0/5 | Full Review…
  • I wanted a refund on every lump in the throat and teary-eyed moment I had experienced...

    August 9, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Even with the occasional dollop of dog-related humor, The Art of Racing in the Rain feels as ponderous as its title.

    August 9, 2019 | Full Review…
  • For all of the talent of its cast and crew this adaptation of Stein's best-seller stalls out on the track long before it has the chance to reach the finish line.

    August 14, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • I feel like this device probably works a lot better on the page... It is so mawkish, smothered in cloying anthropomorphism from start to finish.

    August 12, 2019 | Full Review…
  • It's laughably contrived and shamelessly calculating. Dog's bollocks, but not in a good way.

    August 11, 2019 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • Cancer is to melodrama what CGI is to the MCU: a cheap, easy tool to control audience emotions used by filmmakers (in this case, director Simon Curtis and scenarist Mark Bomback) who have nothing to sell but tripe.

    August 10, 2019 | Rating: 0/5 | Full Review…
  • Though the sugar load jumps high at times, sappiness gets trumped by golden fur and a warm heart. Unless of course, your cynicism levels rank in the Scrooge range.

    July 23, 2021 | Full Review…
  • 'The Art of Racing In The Rain' is definitely a family movie that provides plenty of opportunities to talk with kids and teenagers about: life, death, raising children and changes in family dynamics.

    November 15, 2020 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

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