The Art of Racing in the Rain

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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.



Total Count: 100


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Verified Ratings: 3,655
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Based on the best-selling novel by Garth Stein, THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN is a heartfelt tale narrated by a witty and philosophical dog named Enzo (voiced by Kevin Costner). Through his bond with his owner, Denny Swift (Milo Ventimiglia), an aspiring Formula One race car driver, Enzo has gained tremendous insight into the human condition and understands that the techniques needed on the racetrack can also be used to successfully navigate the journey of life. The film follows Denny and the loves of his life - his wife, Eve (Amanda Seyfried), their young daughter Zoe (Ryan Kiera Armstrong), and ultimately, his true best friend, Enzo.

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All Critics (100) | Top Critics (25)

  • 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.

    Aug 12, 2019 | 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.

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

    Aug 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.

    Aug 9, 2019 | Full Review…

    Brian Lowry
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  • As is, this tale of friendship and companionship between man and man's best friend is bogged down in weepy cliches ripped straight from the Art of Making the Audience Cry handbook.

    Aug 9, 2019 | Rating: C | Full Review…
  • A strong contender for most ridiculous tearjerker of the year, starring Kevin Costner as a golden retriever.

    Aug 9, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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