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

Beautiful movie
★★★★★
This movie is so beautiful I was crying the whole movie best movie ever.... — YORYINA

I loved it so much
★★★★★
I like it loved it a lot but it made me cry ALOT — Amazing me 123

Animal abusers
★★★★
They terrorized a dog on set, making it do something it was terrified of. They shoved the dog into rapids. It could not keep its head above water in the rapids. — Switchfoot Fan 27

Well written!
★★★★★
What a great movie!! I cried sad and happy tears. The ending was amazing! — Mamanb

Really emotional
★★★★★
It was really good, the story was really good — Mlg swag gamer

Luved it😊
★★★★★
Read the book in under 2 weeks watch movie directly after. Through tears of joy and of sorrow, this story has brought me closer to not only my 2 golden retrievers, but my family 😭😭😂😇😘 — Bailey Bailey Bailey Bailey

HORRIBLE AWFUL MOVIE
★★★★
I wish I could give it 0 stars. Dogs were abused in the making. Enough said. — Soph.04

A Wonderful Movie
★★★★★
A wonderful movie. Everyone needs to bring their own box of tissues. — all my x's live in texas

Great Actors
★★★★★
KJ APA IS DADDY AF — PitBullFan2

It's amazing make more please
★★★★★
Wow! — a dogs purpose 2?

Good Movie, Sad Behind the Scenes
★★★★★
If people are correct when saying that they abused the animals in the making of this movie, I must say that is sad, horrible, cruel, and pisses me off. I hate people who hurt animals and I hate it when they don't admit to it. The movie itself made me cry several times, but I did like it. — C.love (Pronounced"see-love")

Beautiful
★★★★★
This movie brought back memories of my dog rocky. I loved him very much and miss him. This movie is well made. — Santi316

Boycott
★★★★
Boycott. — Familie Thomas

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this movie
★★★★★
This was a GREAT movie. Watched w/ my two dogs, & they couldn't get enough of it either (including the "extras"). HIGHLY RECOMMEND the movie. 👍👍 — JCarver.Auburn

Awful
★★★★
If you want to cry the ENTIRE movie and feel this gut wrenching pain and sadness then you should watch this. My two twins were crying so much we had to leave the theater. — Ktbug1988

Amazinggggggg
★★★★★
It was so amazing. I cried a million times — Fan of Maleficent

Amazing
★★★★★
This movie was truly an amazing one. completely loved it. very emotional. be careful where you watch it because it will make you cry like a young child (SO DO NOT WATCH THIS IN PUBLIC) i watched this on a plane and cried like a fool. I loved this movie and it is so worth the $15. — thebest reviewer

Best
★★★★★
I think this is the best movie because it is so sweet I love it and I like how it is in the dogs point of view I just love this movie!!!😍😘 — Cadance jones

First time review
★★★★★
I watched this movie last night, and cried three times. If you ever owned a dog, this is the perfect movie to watch and to think you can be reunited again. I recently had a dog that was euthanized and would love to see him one, even to hold him. This was truly an incredible move. — Sal Boogz

Cue the water works.
★★★★★
It was a great movie, despite all the controversy around it. A good movie gives you all the feels and that's what this movie did. — psy1744

Don't buy! They Abused dogs on Set!
★★★★
Why would anyone give money to buy a movie that was found to have abused the animals on set! I don't care how good the movie is. They hurt and abused dogs to make a profit! Don't buy! — LordMike1

Good
★★★★★
It was amazing but a kind of emotional on some parts but it was a good movie it kind of made me cry a little on the inside on some of the parts of the movie — THEYELLOWENDER

Feel good movie!
★★★★★
Great movie, you'll laugh and cry and it will pull on your heartstrings. Everyone who has ever had a dog will love this. Claims of dog abuse were false. — Harki82

Lovely And Endearing Movie!
★★★★★
Make sure you have plenty of tissues on hand when you watch this movie! It is a must see for any dog owner. It made me realize even more how truly blessed I am with my two little dogs that I love so dearly! — EdensHalo

Abuse
★★★★
Would never watch a film that abusedthe animals. The reveiwer saying its false beause one of the producers said so??? Really? And you try to call people gullible! As if the producers going to admit it. The Dog was mistreated and people trying to justify it to themselves are laughable. — dan880088

Wow
★★★★★
The movie was hilarious and sad at the same time. It makes you appreciate life and your dog(s) more. If you are looking for a movie, this is the one to watch. It is truly a "hit ya in the heart" kinda movie. Watching the dog come upon new lives was fun to watch on how he adapted and created a relationship with his/her owner. Each character (human) had a special story and you can really see how dogs make lives better((: Well done! — Janette Lauren

Disappointed
★★★★
Even giving the crew the benefit of the doubt when it comes to the video of the shepherd being forced into the wave pool, it's painfully obvious the dog endured emotional, possibly physical, abuse, even if it was unintentional. Most people trying to argue otherwise just don't want to feel guilty about supporting this horrendous endeavor. I wouldn't call the video 'heavily edited'; it's just been cut to only show the moments when the dog was in horrific distress. Under no circumstances should the dog ever have experienced the trauma he went through on the set of this movie. Before the dog was lowered into the water against his will he was showing obvious signs of discomfort and anxiety. The responsible move would have been to take a break and come back to the scene later or on another day, not push the dog past his emotional/physical threshold. It makes no difference that the dog had rehearsed the scene totally fine earlier; you do NOT under any circumstance force a distresssed dog into a wave pool against his will for your entertainment. The whole scenario was disgusting to watch and set cinematic animal training back decades. Excusing this behavior is grossly unfair to all the ethical trainers in the industry. By supporting this film you are supporting the emotional exploitation of all animals being trained for movies. — Faithmft

Do not watch!
★★★★
First off the movie was very disappointing:( bad directing and worse acting! The best acting came from the animals that was forced through abusive and strenuous methods to get the animals to submit to the will of these awful people who claim to be animal lovers. If you're an animal lover this movie is not for you! Read the book. There was quite a bit of media coverage on what the animals in this movie went through yet still much was never brought to the attention of the public eye. Do not, repeat, do not watch the movie! — Spliffer2000

I love this movie! One of the most heartfelt movies I've ever seen!
★★★★★
This movie has stolen my heart. Every time I get closer to the ending I always cry. It's such a shame that this movie was ignored because of those stupid protesters saying that the dogs were abused. This movie is such a brilliant one A Dog's Purpose is an awesome movie about a dog's love for their human. The movie literally portrays so many different ways that dogs are treated. A Dog's Purpose did an amazing job at building up raw emotion in a short amount of time. The movie builds a human's love for their dog, and it really portrays how a dog is truly a man's best friend. The movie was very touching. This movie is about a dog who is trying to figure out why he exists. He goes through 4 different reincarnated "lives" of various types of dogs, until he ends up finding the boy (now a man) who he was with in his first 'life', thus ending with his analysis on what his purpose is. The movie builds a human's love for their dog, and it really portrays how a dog is truly a man's best friend. Go see this movie. Its beautiful. — O.E.K.

Loved this Movie. Great ending
★★★★★
Forget all the bad press. This will make your heartbeat strong, and tears flow its heart warming. — Jchalups

Great movie and fun story
★★★★★
As a dog owner, it's wonderful to think of your dog as never dying but merely reincarnating as a different dog. This is a heart warming tale of a boy and his dog and the lives the dog touches through his journey. — RGIrv3

I LOVE It!!
★★★★★
This movie was absolutely FANTAStIC!! It was also extremely sad though so have some tissues ready! This movie makes you really think about things and makes you realize how important animals are! Watch this movie!! — Dogs Forever!

A dogs purpose
★★★★★
This is the best movie I have ever seen and I personally love dogs but it is so sad. I also loved reading the book which made me cry also. This is the best story out there. — the4murrays

Can't wait
★★★★★
I cried just by the trailer. I read the book and can't wait to see what they do with it in the movie. It's such an inspiring story and makes you see life through different lenses. I am a bit concerned with this whole "animal abuse" thing but I am pretty sure that people just exaggerated it to get a good story. The trailer was so good that I just can't wait to see the movie! — Joyorlose1204

Loved it
★★★★★
Amazing and sad movie — Matthews2111

If you think this movie is just about a dog, then I think you're an idiot
★★★★★
The book is amazing! Can't wait to experience the movie!💕🐾🐾💕 — sb9ron

I'm looking forward to it
★★★★
I'm going to see this movie soon. I think it will be pretty good! 😄 — Catsdogsbunnies101

A great movie!!
★★★★★
Do not listen to the bad reviews. This is probably one of the best movies of the year. It was very nice and had a great plot. Animal abuse is nowhere seen, also was proven that there is none. — Cheeto8008

Loved it! My favorite movie of all time!
★★★★★
Yes it was very sad and emotional but is also relatable, heartwarming, and a movie you just can't miss. Discard all the bad reviews on this movie, Idc what they say, this movie's awesome! — Shootingstar231

Haven't seen it yet but looks good
★★★★★
I love dogs — HB video

I hae yet to see it but.....................
★★★★★
Only sociopaths would give it a bad review.Dogs,if,you're a dog lover and believe god created everything then the dog is by far and wide thee greatest living creatures on earth. — NUTSAQ75

NO DOG ABUSE
★★★★★
They're is no dog abuse in this movie. Dog abuse is keeping them outside in the cold! This film is beautiful! — Hay for horses

Are You Kidding Me?
★★★★
Why would anyone want to watch a dog snuff film? Is this really what we are resorting to for entertainment? Pathetic! — Ocelot2000

Those puppies & dogs were wonderful
★★★★★
My family and I saw this in the theatre last night and A dog's purpose is amazing like it was also a book. Wonderful movie! — Jolovesgum

Love it so much ❤️❤️
★★★★★
I love this movie so much made me cry a lot I just want it to come out so I can watch it again — Romero15

Amazing!!
★★★★★
Best movie I have ever seen. I dont even remember a time when I wasn't crying! Every single life Bailey goes through is AMAZING!! Definitely recommend seeing, it's as good as the book!😍 — Scotty 1 fan

This is a great movie and I cried
★★★★★
I cried during the movie and there was laughter and there was a dogs purpose. It touched me. My favorite part was the end. I love the movie and I always will. A dog needs a second chance and and they have a purpose. Truly yours. -Mackenzie ❤ — fuchiafrostbite

Great Movie
★★★★★
Makes you love your dog even more. — rmgoncal1980

A dogs purpose
★★★★★
Loved it. If your a dog lover and you love dogs, go see this amazing movie — Amarchena

Awesome
★★★★★
This movie is awesome it really makes you think how special your dog is!!! — Wonderful movie 🎥