The Art of Racing in the Rain Reviews

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August 12, 2019
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 10, 2019
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 9, 2019
I wanted a refund on every lump in the throat and teary-eyed moment I had experienced...
August 9, 2019
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
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.
August 9, 2019
A strong contender for most ridiculous tearjerker of the year, starring Kevin Costner as a golden retriever.
August 8, 2019
A clumsy potboiler that is that is long on melodrama yet strangely short on racing sequences and interesting animal behavior.
August 8, 2019
You're not experiencing the big moments yourself, you're just experiencing Enzo experiencing them, leaving you to wonder if the story and performances alone are anything special without the dog's metaphors and poeticisms.
August 8, 2019
"The Art of Racing in the Rain" mostly feels like a sentimental slog, punctuated by (admittedly adorable) very long close-ups of Enzo's handsome doggy face while Costner, all raspy and folksy, intones lines like "I was meant to be his dog."
August 8, 2019
It could all be so winsome and adorable-but it isn't.
August 8, 2019
A film aimed with lethal efficiency at your tear-ducts like Chuck Norris putting his boot into your kidneys.
August 8, 2019
Enzo is a bad dog, and his antics play worse for the film's lack of discipline.
August 7, 2019
It's a PG movie with pleasantly canned life lessons, and it's safe for kids and adults alike, although anyone with a shred of cynicism may not want to be seen caving in to the script's emotional inevitabilities.
August 7, 2019
The dog drops banal pearls of wisdom as if he were pooping on a rug or peeing on the floor (which he does often, and to the same effect).
August 7, 2019
One would hope that perhaps a film filled with such melodrama and pathos would unearth an observation about the existential nature of life and death beyond "racing cars is fun." But after all that philosophizing, that's all Enzo leaves us with.
August 7, 2019
Ultimately, The Art of Racing in the Rain has a dog's pure-heartedness that manages to beat strongly despite generic direction, milquetoast performances, and twelve cubic tons of Costner voiceover.
August 7, 2019
Only the most sentimental pet lovers will be able to get past the self-indulgent pretentiousness of the narration, and even they may find it troubling to be told a dog's highest purpose is to become human.
August 6, 2019
Who can resist cute dog stories, even if it is the centerpiece of a sappy film and the dog has Kevin Costner's voice?
August 6, 2019
This sentimental slog about the relationship between a golden retriever and the growing family of a race car driver is, under director Simon Curtis' no-nonsense stewardship, about as box-checked and rubber-stamped as mainstream entertainment gets.
August 6, 2019
While Ventimiglia and Seyfried are appealing actors, the story's human element just isn't that interesting.
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