A Dog's Purpose

Drama • PG • Directed by: Lasse Hallström • 100 minutes

Based on the beloved bestselling novel by W. Bruce Cameron, A Dog’s Purpose, from director Lasse Hallström (The Cider House Rules, Dear John, The 100-Foot Journey), shares the soulful and surprising story of one devoted dog (voiced by Josh Gad) who finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love. The family film told from the dog’s perspective also stars Dennis Quaid, Peggy Lipton, Britt Robertson, K.J. Apa, Juliet Rylance, Luke Kirby, John Ortiz, and Pooch Hall.

Viewer reviews

Heart warming!!!
★★★★
Enjoyable for anybody who loves dogs. — Plantation Florida

i loved it
★★★★★
it really kind of made me sad and happy with mixed emiontions.it reminds me of my dogs i used to own i loved those dogs thats what made me happy in live — Magicnike696969

Loved It!
★★★★★
If you want a feel good movie this is it. It was like pulling teeth to get my husband to sit and watch it but one he did it was a done deal. Makes your heart happy and we need a little more of that. — Zombiegirl1963

Touching and Humorous
★★★★★
The movie starts off great, gets a little slow in the middle, then ends fairly strong. For dog owners, there are enough funny and real "first person" commentaries from the dog to make it ring true. The storyline is typical Hollywood in many ways, but overall it's interesting and entertaining. If watching the movie with younger children, be warned the story line can be very sad and serious at times. I wouldn't let them watch it alone for sure, and if very sensitive, it may not be the best choice. — BDBDBD

Awesome 😍😍
★★★★★
It sooo sad — arash Hakimi 3624

Livid
★★★★
I don't support this movie at all. 👌🏻🖕🏻 — Who u calling a horse 🐴

Loved the movie
★★★★★
My new top 10 favorite movie 👍😛😍 — ChickenMandy

Animal abusers
★★★★
They not only abused a dog, but cover up and deny their abuse. — Switchfoot Fan 27

Dog stuff
★★★★★
I am in love with this movie. — Josh_1515

Animal Abuse
★★★★
Anyone actually care about animals, don't watch this movie — Rowan Rosenblum

OmG i CaNt ExPlAiN
★★★★★
This movie is Byfar the best movie I've ever watched it will take you on a roller closer of emotions I've cried 7 times in this movie it really helps you appreciate things you have and especially your animals and how much they mean to you because I think this movie impacted me in that way I would especially recommend this movie to animal lovers or even if your looking for a emotional movie this ones perfect ; this movie has all qualities of a good movie and it's VERY REALISTIC. — Abby 5152

Trailer Was great
★★★★★
I want to see the movie 🎥 so badly. I will soon enough — ufjkxkghxk

it's amazing
★★★★★
it made me cry laugh and smile this movie is absolutely amazing and i 100% recommend you watch it — 🌹👑Queen Katie👑🌹

Good watch!
★★★★★
My cat sat next to me the entire movie. I think he was wondering when a cats purpose will release lol This was a joyful and tearful watch, and I like it.. — Rockabye0

Really enjoyed it
★★★★★
Really nice movie to watch, especially if you're a dog owner. — Army Wifey86

If you love Dogs, avoid this movie
★★★★
Anyone that believes animal mistreatment in filmmaking is overblown should read the reports from various animal organizations that claim otherwise. A prime example is Clyde, the Orangutan that gained famed as a Clint Eastwood pal in "Any Which Way But Loose". Clyde was beaten so badly he died before the movie was released. Working with animals is always difficult and time consuming. Time is money and trainers do not always have the animals best interest at heart. If you believe the producers claims that animals safety and concern come before money than you are the gullible one. Puppy mills and dog fighting are a cruel and extreme example of how people use animals to make profits. Why should "Animal Actors" companies be that much different. Put away the rose colored glasses and watch Pelican Dreams or Blackfish. Anyway the critics unanimously claim this movie stinks. Don’t waste your money. — maddogmovies7

Sweet movie
★★★★★
This is a great movie... a slight tear jerker at times but all in all, a great family movie! — ERidgell

No abuse detected
★★★★★
Really the only bad reviews I have seen is PEOPLE CLAIMING THE DOG IS BEING ABUSED! THE DOGS PRACTICED AND WERE TRAINED TO DO THE MOVIE AND NOT DOING IT UNWILLINGLY! THEY WERE ACTING! ACTING I REPEAT! ACTING! (sorry about that but it is a the best movie ever) — 2938884488THE DAB IS DEAD

Awesome
★★★★★
Awesome Movie 5 stars all the way! — CENTERVILLEAWESOMEPERSON

Charming movie, I dont think I have ever cried so much!
★★★★
I am not normally a person who cries when watching movies, but I balled my eyes out the entire time, I seriously had to leave the room because my mother couldnt hear the movie over me. So if you have a hard time with dog movies BEWARE! Honestly I loved it from start to finish! — Chili baby

Great Movie
★★★★★
I have two dogs.. Nicely done... a must see family movie. — Joenyt

Great Watch
★★★★★
Great movie with a wonderful ending and comedic narration. Suggested for family movie night and is worth every star. — TrinityLovesPineapples

Best Movie😍
★★★★★
This movie is amazing!! It is super good and a little sad but a supper good show for a family❤️ — MalloryEileen10

O M G
★★★★★
It was sad, but SO GREAT! I saw this on my family's Apple TV and it was so worth renting. You all should watch it! (Unless you don't like sad moments) Because some moments are sad — mckdmsk

Such a cute movie
★★★★★
I love it and it was very emotional but I did not cry because it is hard to get me to cry over a movie but I almost did I'm reading The book and I wish the movie want more in depth. — sophie✌🏻👌🏻

Phenomenal Movie!!!!!!
★★★★★
This movie made me laugh and cry!!!! Abuse, really people???? I really don't think they would abuse a dog to make him do a scene. It's called acting. Besides do your research before you badmouth a movie. I loved it!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ — Bbkay76

Beautiful movie!
★★★★★
My sons (13, 11 and 9) and I, we all love this movie. All the dogs are cute! — Grace BKK

Dogs are wiser than humans
★★★★★
Dogs teach us more than any human can in their shorter time on this earth. Yeah there was controversy about this movie, but I held our six-year-old rescue in between her barking at her furry fiends on screen. We cried our eyes out missing our 14-year old rescue we had to put down after the 2012 Presidential Election. All dogs steal your heart and make you wish you had more time with them. I still get to see our dog we do not have with us by looking up 14-year-old dog gets the mail on YouTube. They know more about us than we will ever know about ourselves. — PhotogDarin

For Dog Lovers and Future Dog Lovers
★★★★★
Perhaps this movie is more a reflection on people than dogs. "Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven." Be here now... — GDKinsman

It's such a good movie. Loved it
★★★★★
Simply loved it, I truly don't believe the whole abuse thing. People always want to find the bad in many things like always. But movie was excellent as a dog lover and owner myself, I wanted to kissed and hug the whole time my pups. — AB-84

Humane Society...
★★★★★
... calls the abuse cries a lie. An independent study by the humane society found that the animals were treated quite well during the filming of this movie. See it. — AGmanowar

Excellent Movie for 8 & 10 Year Old
★★★★★
I was worried to buy this and have it be sad but it was so well done. It's a neat idea of what happens to our loved furry friends. My kids really enjoyed it too. — mahollar

Great movie
★★★★★
I rarely cry at movies, but this one got to me... big time. — 5*****s

A Dog's Purpose
★★★★★
I would love to see this movie soooo badly that I would like to have it come out on DVD already... and I will be the first one to get it... but I think it may be already out on DVD I'm not sure.😕--🙂☺️😊😃😎 — Sidney/Serria-VR.

Loved it!
★★★★★
Great movie! My 3 kids watched it and loved it. Reading all the reviews where everyone is huffing and puffing about abusing dogs to make the movie…. seriously? You really think they did that because everything you see in movies is true? Or is it ‘just the thought’ of a dog possibly going through that is unbearable? When people get more passionate about an animal suffering over humans, you’ve got a problem and should problem reassess what’s really important in life. ‘Be a HERO, save a Whale, save a Baby, go to Jail.’ — K to the E ven

A dogs purpose
★★★★★
This movie is so gooood! I love it ! This movie is sad with a twist to it. — Shire Kelley

Animal Abuse
★★★★
Terrible. — Wheelchairbrian

AMAZING
★★★★★
The message behind this amazing. It brings sad tears, happy tears, feelings of sadness, and joy. I'm sad people had to point fingers and cry abuse. This is far from it. I truly believe my past dog Sammie lives on in my dog Merry. Thanks for bringing me joy. Definitely a tear jerker. I cry every time. A good cry though. — YELLOW_B4LL

Critical of Critics
★★★★★
It seems most critics should find anonther line of work. Beautiful, well crafted movie. If you love dogs then don't miss this movie and even if you don't, it great. — dotsordashes

So cute & sad!!!
★★★★★
I loved it!!! I couldn't stop crying!!!😭 I love this movie I definitely recommend watching it!!!❤️🐶❤️ — Buglovre

I defy you not to cry
★★★★★
A dogs life explores one dog's search for a sense of purpose over several lives. A must see for anyone who has ever loved a dog! — abclcj

A feel good movie with some funny moments
★★★★★
A very enjoyable movie. Gets undeserved bad reviews because people who think there was mistreatment of animals behind the scenes didn't fact check before voting. — PxDesignGeek

THE BEST MOVIE
★★★★★
I cried through out the whole movie!!! So sad... — Linalina227

A real tearjerker
★★★★★
Thought it would be just be a kids movie - but found it very moving and well made. — Danisri

Amazing
★★★★★
No dogs were harmed in the making of this movie👏🏼🐶🐶🐶 — Pyro 589

Love it!
★★★★★
I simply adored it. Pure,simple with emotions.No sex,drugs or violence. — E&Helo

sooooo good
★★★★★
this is the best movie I have ever seen sents ariel came malfeasant came out. It is really good. This is a touching movie that moved my heart — raideoactive villiger

Great movie & truly enjoyed it....
★★★★★
Ignore these so called "movie critics" (especially Rafer Guzman). Really and truly was entertained. Not just as an adult, will also be enjoyed by the young. Do yourself a favor and buy it to enjoy the extra nuggets. — beach_dood

are we all being too righteous
★★★★★
It seems a bit righteous when people (who probably have dogs) compare themselves with a professional dog trainer. Think about this...when you force a dog to simply sit. You typically push the dogs butt down to sit when they are first learning. They don't naturally sit when you say sit...so you are really forcing them to learn something new. I trained my dog to hunt...and my other dog was our house pet...the reality is...teaching a dog, a person or anything else requires things that they don't necessarily want to do. When my child started school, he hated it...I had to force him to go...he cried...screamed...but in the end he went...he got used to it and loves school now. Same with your dog...you force them to do something and they eventually learn. If you have ever taken your dog out for a walk on a leash the first time...I'm sure you yanked them around until they finally followed you according to your will...well...that's training...it's forcing a dog to do something they don't want to do... seeing eye dogs probably go through the most rigorous training...there lives are about serving people...but people don't have videos of what they go through for training (so no avenue to complain). The video shows the dog underwater...well...my friends dog actually knows how to dive down under water...dogs naturally know to hold their breath under water...they naturally know how to swim (unlike humans who have to be taught). I saw the complete movie. It's not something I want my 6 and 8 year old to watch yet...I think they will love this movie when they get a bit older...Great ending by the way...I love happy endings :) — Fly Fishing for Bonefish !

So pity on dog
★★★★
Don't push the dog in movie.It is very popular now and great. But the more push is the dog is terrify thing — Melody Auro