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Dog's Purpose, A (PG)

Adventure, Comedy, Drama

A dog looks to discover his purpose in life over the course of several lifetimes and owners.
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The critical consensus

The veteran director gives a professional gloss to A Dog's Purpose, but all the skill in the world can't make this dog's dinner palatable.

**(*)(*)(*)Eddie Harrison, The List, 01/05/2017

It’s a bizarre endeavour, a rambling tale whose purpose, in spite of its title, is very hard to work out.

**(*)(*)(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 03/05/2017

Lasse Hallström’s tale of a dog that keeps getting reincarnated is cutesy, creepy and icily manipulative.

**(*)(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 04/05/2017

Call it Ground Dog Day. Just don’t call it good.

**(*)(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 04/05/2017

Innately sweet, due to the high number of fluffy animals, but it has the gloopy emotion and silly plotting of a Nicholas Sparks novel. Nicholas Barks, if you will.

**(*)(*)(*)Olly Richards, Empire Online, 04/05/2017

A Dog’s Purpose feels like a Lassie film written by Nicholas Sparks and you will need a boundless love of dogs and a high tolerance of schmaltz to enjoy it.

**(*)(*)(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 05/05/2017

Lasse Hallström’s canine tale is steeped in sentimentality, heavy with nostalgia and full of furry charm – but ultimately banal.

**(*)(*)(*)Simran Hans, The Observer, 07/05/2017

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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