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

My Favorite Movie 🎥🐶
★★★★★
This is my new favorite movie! I just watched this yesterday I definitely recommend it! And remember guys, dogs can act! — MyEmeraldBiome

Don't Support Animal Cruelty!
★★★★
"'A Dog's Purpose' Faces Backlash after 'Disturbing' Video Surfaces," CNN, January 19, 2017. There's a reason why this film has such negative critic reviews: because of the leaked set footage of animal abuse. — James9791

Be here now...except
★★★★★
Entier movie was about longing to return to past, wonder about popping back into existence, constant evaluation of present - time. Most of the movie is about regret. Then concuding sentence is that dogs's purpose (no spoiler here) is to live in the joy of the present. This is heinous case of anthromorphism. We have six dogs who do live in the present and force us to do the same. — ceegail

It made me cry!
★★★★★
I was so attached that it made me cry! — Camel Guy

Good
★★★★★
So good 5 star — IlbamlI

Saina
★★★★★
I can't write about the feeling I got from this film it was awesome I feeled I can cry for years I got a dog and it's a real film — Saina Zoroufi

Good movie
★★★★
I didn’t intend on this movie but I did. It is actually good. It goes on throughout a dogs life living through other dogs. The dog tells the story. I will say that I almost cried at the end of the movie cause of how it played out. I won’t say how it ended. But it is a good movie. Check it out. — double digit

I'm a HUGE dog lover, but...
★★★★★
I adore any size, color, fur of dogs there is, but this simply isn't a good movie! The only reason you want to keep seeing the movie for is the dogs and how adorable they look, but when that's the only reason why then the filmmakers are in trouble. — sofiamolleda

you have to see it
★★★★★
probably the best movie. super sad, i balled the whole time. very good story and acting though! definitely recommend — Mackenzie ziegler13

A beautiful story
★★★★★
The whole movie I was in tears it was outstanding, if you don't think so, you're insane! — shepherd_girl_710

Amazing Movie!!
★★★★★
This is a MUST SEE! It will pull you're heartstrings and 💯% make tears flow. Awesome Flick👍👍 — EASNOSGAS259

Life changing
★★★★★
This is by far the best movie I have ever seen. It really makes you think and appreciate the dog in your life. Truly an amazing movie, wouldn't change a thing about it. — # Swagacorn swimmer

Beautiful, Emotional, Wonderful
★★★★★
This movie is truly amazing. It’s one of those movies that you can watch over and over again and never get tired of it. In fact I’ve watched this movie 10 times and then some. The story is very unique and inspiring. It described the loyalty a dog has for its partner/human. I would really recommend this to all dog lovers and even those who are not! — Eshuamazon1527

AMAZING❤️❤️
★★★★★
This movie has a meaning message behind it, it takes it to the heart. I love it — Susana❤️

I own the movie
★★★★★
It is sad but also good spoiler alert stop right here if haven't seen before is he finally found his first boy — Anakin116

Very campy
★★★★
This movie is PURE CHEESE. I kid you not. A Dog's Purpose is your typical animal movie. I do not recommend on any level. Unless you are a two year old who has no brain capacity. — Xyhsjsggvb

Hermosa y perfecta para toda la familia
★★★★★
Hermosa y perfecta para toda la familia — Escalofrio190

No animal abuse dumbies.
★★★★★
Guys, chill. There is no animal abuse in this movie. Maybe if you got the HD you would realize how well they treated to dogs. Even throughout the film the dogs looked happy as can be. Again, chill. — PshycoSniperRaptor

For dog lovers!
★★★★★
I believe in reincarnation of humans so why not dogs! — Laine1128

Not well done
★★★★
It didn't help with stories that surfaced upon the making of this movie. Better luck next time — Mcanalez2001

😊
★★★★★
Amazing movie — Calm down cause life is great

Great for the whole family.
★★★★★
My daughter is 8 and she loved it. It's a tear dropper for grown ups thou. Have to watch it till the end. — Pablo2k

ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!!
★★★★★
THIS MOVIE IS SO EMOTIONAL I CRIED!! I JUST ADORE DOGS AND DOG MOVIES!! — Diva ✌️✌️

Box of tissues required
★★★★★
My wife cried a lot in the movie, very sad but uplifting. up there with Hachi — Movie Critical

I dunno. . .
★★★★★
My friend saw it and said it wasn't good, so I think I'll skip this one. . . — AllTheLadiesLuvLeo

Great film!
★★★★★
I love the film, very touching and emotional!! — Gymchick UFO

Amazing
★★★★★
I have no tears left to cry after watching this movie. — 🕴🏌

Outstanding
★★★★★
As usual Rotten Tomatoes is WRONG and I'm interested in anything they can!!! If you don't love this movie you have no heart! Not recommended for a first date movie unless you wear your heart on your sleeves and don't care if someone sees you tear up. GREAT JOB in this period of overblown movies that are too long. — bodezafa 88

😭So good I cried😭
★★★★★
Very good but it will make you cry. — Leap0329

So good
★★★★★
I lost all faith in rotten tomatoes when I read there reviews they definitely didn't get the meaning behind A DOGS PURPOSE. This movie awesome it was happy sad and lots of emotions were shared with me and my girlfriend. My best friends are my dogs and after that movie they ate like kings. — nick and chelz

Great movies
★★★★★
Don't listen to the negativity. It's a movie full of emotion, especially if you love dogs. Greatly recommend it — Zxnmpowq

Dog Days
★★★★
On the surface, it was a well produced movie and showcased the wonders of owning a dog in any stage of life. The underlying theme about having fun and being in the moment was what I enjoyed most. Every dog, like a human, has a purpose. To quote the great dog philosopher AirBud, "woof." — iCarlyJensen

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

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