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A dog looks to discover his purpose in life over the course of several lifetimes and owners.
Adventure Comedy Drama - While this animal-centered drama is aimed at kids and families, and
indeed most families would consider this profanity-free film safe for
kids, there are some dark and disturbing moments for the youngest of
children, including dog deaths and one act of violence toward a dog.
As such, parents of the very young should be cautioned. There is
also some alcohol drinking. The most recognizable stars here, Dennis
Quaid and Britt Robertson, have fairly limited screen time, while
Josh Gad is the one consistent presence as the voice of the dog.
Roger EbertFull Review Below Average This movie has its moments—no movie with such an adorable array of pooches could not...But the tonal weirdness and the philosophical fallacies and the general level of treacle did not sit very well with me.
Rolling StoneFull Review Below Average A Dog's Purpose is preposterous and, at first, hard to resist. A manipulative script about dog reincarnation that whacks your emotions like a piñata...
Slant MagazineFull Review Very Poor The film imbues Bailey with a human-like consciousness and ability to question his own existence, but it does so only to offer comforting reassurances about dogs' natural servility.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 157 moviegoers:
GREAT REVIEWS! Professional movie critics rated this movie low, but it's obvious that MOVIEGOERS LOVED "A DOG'S PURPOSE." Only a very small percentage rated it as low as "average," which is still higher than what many critics rated it. "A Dog's Purpose" is a GRAET MOVIE FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY.