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2017-05-02 by Ellie Walker-ArnottTugs at your heartstrings like a puppy at a postman's trouser leg.
Los Angeles Times
2017-02-02 by Katie WalshAll the emotional resonance of a dog-themed novelty coffee-table book.
New York Magazine/Vulture
2017-01-30 by Farran Smith NehmeBy the end, I was worn out by all the selfless devotion, all the joyous running across meadows and wheat fields while the camera soars as high as a dog's love for his human.
2017-01-30 by Brian LowryA peculiar kibble of vignettes, wrapping reincarnation and life lessons together in a sappy Hallmark Channel-style doggy sweater.
Wall Street Journal
2017-01-29 by Joe Morgenstern"A Dog's Purpose" left me cherishing my borderline-venerable Skeezix; longing to see Scamp and Fluff and Sukoshi and Sally, the dear departed dogs of my life; and wishing I could have been reincarnated as a better master than I was.
2017-01-27 by Peter TraversA manipulative script about dog reincarnation that whacks your emotions like a piata - that's forgivable. But no mercy for a film charged with canine abuse behind the scenes. It shouldn't happen to a dog.
San Diego Reader
2017-01-27 by Matthew LickonaWhatever a dog's purpose might be, the movie's purpose is clear: to make you smile and say, "Awww." Woof.
2017-01-27 by Glenn KennyThe tonal weirdness and the philosophical fallacies and the general level of treacle did not sit very well with me. Then again, I have to admit I'm really more of a cat person.
Globe and Mail
2017-01-27 by Rebecca TuckerDespite the constant reincarnations, A Dog's Purpose doesn't contain much in the way of spirituality. But any agnostic big-picture messaging it may be reaching for doesn't quite come through, either.
2017-01-26 by Adam Graham"A Dog's Purpose" finds itself in a peculiar spot, pandering to dog lovers, but still not giving them what they want.
2017-01-26 by Rafer GuzmanIt's basically "Look Who's Talking" with a puppy instead of a baby.
2017-01-26 by Scott TobiasThe one distinguishing feature, baked into the film's conceit, is that we get to anticipate the dog dying at the end of every segment, and endure the repeated heartbreak of owners who cannot know its spirit is infinite.
2017-01-26 by Leah PickettGad's voice-over often seems incongruous with the dogs' onscreen behavior, and he's rarely as funny or touching as he tries to be.
2017-01-26 by Ryan PorterWhen Hollywood casts a dog as the lead in a movie, it's pretty much always because there is a sappily inspirational tale to be told. And that, as they say, is A Dog's Purpose.
2017-01-26 by Richard RoeperA Dog's Purpose just wears you down.
2017-01-26 by Michael O'Sullivan"A Dog's Purpose" is hokey but harmless bunkum.
2017-01-26 by Leah GreenblattPurpose ... plays like a family film from another era, its gentle sensibilities a million miles removed from the winky pop culture references and meta layers of most modern all-ages entertainment.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
2017-01-26 by Gabe Hartwig"A Dog's Purpose" will make you want to give your furry family members a big hug when you get home. If they're anything like Bailey, they'll be glad to see you.
San Francisco Chronicle
2017-01-26 by Peter HartlaubIf you have the kind of kid who cries hard when Old Yeller dies, you're sending him into a "The Wild Bunch"-style ambush.
2017-01-26 by Stephanie ZacharekAll that reincarnating is hard work, and watching it unfold is a slog too.