Megan Leavey

Drama • PG-13 • Directed by: Gabriela Cowperthwaite • 117 minutes

Megan Leavey is based on the true life story of a young marine corporal (Kate Mara) whose unique discipline and bond with her military combat dog saved many lives during their deployment in Iraq. When she is assigned to clean up the K9 unit after a disciplinary hearing, Leavey identifies with a particularly aggressive dog, Rex, and is given the chance to train him. Over the course of their service, Megan and Rex completed more than 100 missions until an IED explosion injures them, putting their fate in jeopardy. Directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite (Blackfish) from a screenplay by Pamela Gray and Annie Mumolo & Tim Lovestedt, the film also stars Edie Falco, Ramón Rodríguez, Bradley Whitford, and Common.

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Viewer reviews

Favorite
★★★★★
I love this movie — Batista1997

Oohrah!!!!!!
★★★★★
Here’s the thing. Some people will rate this movie low because they are rating it for its cinematic value. But, this is a true story. The movie in my opinion was good. So I give it five stars. Why? Because, in life this women did what was right for herself and for her loved one Rex. A lot of people won’t be able to relate even after seeing the movie of the trauma that Veteran humans and service animals go through. But, I see it at Fort Hood all the time and in airports. The dedication these animals have to their handlers is unmatchable to any human to human bond. They 100% put their four legged lives on the line everyday and protect those they serve. They deserve more recognition and dedication to bringing them home and making them a service companion for other soldiers who understand the lives these dogs have led. Because of bomb detection programs military men and women have escaped death more than without the program. I solute them 100%. This movie deserved more promotion and recognition. Especially in a world that currently disrespects the service men and women coming home. — Gracie_Lou_82

My favorite movie
★★★★★
This is by far one of my favorite movies. It is awesome. — AmericanIphoneX

💜🇺🇸💜
★★★★★
I love this movie, been wanting to see it for a while and finally saw it. Was worth it I’ve ever loved a movie so much. If you haven’t seen it yet please watch it and support our troops. •R.I.P. Rex 1999 to December 2013🇺🇸 •Thank you for your service. Thank you to all everyone who has fought for our country thank you so much for your service. This movie has really hit me.💜 — Jody💎

Phenomenal
★★★★★
LOVED IT! Inspiring and truly amazing. — Fkskfkskfksjfksdjsk

Yep
★★★★★
Fantastic movie — Fivhubthotuuges

Awesome!
★★★★★
What a wonderful story. It def pulled on my heart strings. — Bartender126

Why
★★★★
Great idea terrible execution — S Reyna

Two thumbs Up!!!!
★★★★★
Beautifully filmed with an excellent roller coaster that kept me on my seat from start to finish! Well done!! I’d definitely recommend this to all dog lovers and fans of military films! — KenRun09

Great
★★★★★
Really heart touching. — Nollaf1897

Well written
★★★★★
A great study on the trauma our vets go through when deployed and PTSD when they return. — D-Day Infamy

Car Sick
★★★★★
It's really too bad many photographers do not understand that when their camera shakes the audience gets "car sick" nausea. Not all scenes but enough to make my GF ill. And, a little tighter script would have been nice but nevertheless a good tear and appreciation for the perils of war. I agree with other reviewers that Kate and Rex don't really connect not sure why but know it when I see it. — nettalk

Beautiful Movie.
★★★★★
Such an amazing movie. — Lllllllllllooooooooollllllllll

Megan Leavey
★★★★★
The inability of a young woman to relate to others, the lack of her parents, her mother in particular, to relate, the absent father, as so often, and the absence of meaning and direction in her life.... no discipline... it is so common. And yet, Megan turns it around and bonds, learns to care and gives, expecting nothing in return, like a parent and gets back what she never expected. For those of us hungry for those feelings it is the perfect movie, for those of us needing to learn to bond it is the perfect movie, for those of us animal lovers, it is the perfect movie. For those of us that are healthy critiques of the inflexibilities of the military and animal lovers - this is a good impetus to change policies! — Juliette Sabine

waste of time
★★★★
not even remotely based on the true story — surflocal

True American Heroes
★★★★
A good movie and Kate Mara does an excellent job portraying Megan Leavey. However the true beauty of this movie lies in the fact that it is based on a true story of two American heroes, the real Megan Leavey and her K-9, Rex, may he rest in peace. Thank you for your service, it is because of patriots like you that we can enjoy the freedoms we do on a daily basis in the greatest country ever. — JAF1969

Good movie !
★★★★★
Emotional movie of second chances and triumph over the odds. — ilove10cats

Gut wrenching
★★★★★
Loved this movie! If you have a dog and love them unconditionally, this will probably be a tear jerker for you. The best movie I've seen in awhile! — Jjewell4

MAKE U CRY
★★★★★
SEMPER FI — Firefighter Williams

Amazing!!
★★★★★
As a female marine, it is SO GREAT to see a movie about a female marine, and honorable at that. It is truly an amazing movie! — vanillacoyote

AMAZING
★★★★★
Amazing movie, would watch it over and over ! — Megan Leavey

Must Watch
★★★★★
Great Movie!! — Jesse's Comments

An inspiring, moving and informative film!
★★★★★
Some elements of the story are obviously compressed for dramatic effect, but the film as a whole rings true. Highly recommended! — Milo Jones

Loved it!
★★★★★
I don't leave many reviews, this was a GREAT movie. — Michael60013

Five star
★★★★★
Thank you for your service — Yankees

Great movie
★★★★★
Simply great. — Meggie Gray Andersen

Meagan Leavey
★★★★
Very inspiring story. Follow your dreams and don't let anyone or anything stop you. — 4evrBlessed

Nice older family movie
★★★★★
I loved this movie it depicts the life of a lonely person who finds purpose through the military bomb snifing dog, good movie a must — omajacks187

Absolutely amazing
★★★★★
Seriously one of the best movies I've seen in my life. — Johnxkill

No longer just a war story, More than that....
★★★★★
As a father, watch it together with your young daughters. Maybe it is inspiriting at many different levels or points in their young mind sets. — MKS88

Really
★★★★
Dysfunctional girl, great dog and dog story though — moonmycron

Loved this movie!!
★★★★★
This movie was one of the best movies I have seen in a very long time! — Morg10812

Great!
★★★★
Was great for a war movie. — Peterthepopo

100 x Better than Swiss Army "_"
★★★★★
Sentimental! Yea we all know, but worth viewing. Plus everyone hates getting stabbed in the back with a Swiss man knife just for dancing in the sun at a festival. That festival. Inc. lost my trust. — Marvin El Martian

a movie worth seeing.
★★★★
A very nice story of how a lost woman finds meaning in life through her bonds with her dog. I expected this to be a tear jerker, which it was but it was a joy to watch. Acting was top notch and you were rooting for Megan, her courage and tenacity throughout the movie. — cayrick

Megan Leavey
★★★★★
Amazing movie. I cried through out the whole movie but very touching. Enjoy the whole movie. Thank you for your services! ❤️ — Kimberly k pa

Semperfi 👏
★★★★★
This is a great movie 🎥. I'm really impressed how well done and the depth of it. I thought I'd just be watching another dog 🐶 flick ( which I love ❤️). But this is so much more. I had the opportunity to meet a female Marine at the airport not long ago while waiting on an overdue flight. She was an extraordinary person,wife,mother,daughter and has done 4 deployments to the Middle East. I say bravo 👏. I'll be buying this movie. I don't agree with war- but honor our heroes male- female and K9 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️🇺🇸. Added footnote- just bought this today and can't wait to see it again. Loved this movie 🎥. And it's based on a true story. Amazing 😉🐶👏👍 — Gamer holdem

Great story !
★★★★★
Great movie ! — Thomas Tourney

Loved it
★★★★★
I watched it twice because I liked it so much. The first time I watched it by myself and the second time I watched it with my friends. Each time this movie drew me in and made feel inspired by her and make my love for dogs even stronger than it was before. It made me go and get yet another dog. — Mw2beast

Worth it
★★★★★
The movie was worth the pre- order. It was scary and amazing story. The beginning and ending of how it showed when the story happened. It's was fonamonal. — jsneksn

Powerful true story, touching film
★★★★★
I was touched by this straightforward, powerful story that the film tells so well. It will appeal to anybody who has been healed by the unconditional love of a canine. Our war dogs are unsung heroes. A great watch. — Lupe L

BEST MOVIE EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!
★★★★★
It was sad, but amazing at the same time. Rex looks like he was an amazing dog. He taught Megan true loyalty and what love means when she felt so sad, lonely, and lost. Even though it had a few cuss words, it is an okay movie for kids, too. We loved the the movie.❤️❤️ — Nagi Po

Heartwarming
★★★★★
You don't leave your partner behind, no matter what it takes. She fought for her partner for years among hostile groups such as the US military - and that alone should earn here another medal... — AppsOnFire

tissues needed
★★★★★
I didn't want to see this movie at first bc I thought of Marley and Me, the movie, but I ended up watching it. Really god movie, but I cried a lot. — Nurserrt79

Megan and Rex
★★★★★
I honestly never write reviews but this movie was just extraordinary. It's so emotional and amazing and has a great meaning in it and the fact that it is based on a true story just makes it even better. — ThefreshprinceofbelairA1bruh

Just didn't draw me in
★★★★★
I usually love this type of movie. I usually cry at the end whether happy or sad. I think a lot of parts that would have helped to connect emotionally with the movie had to be cut. I just expected much more. Just didn't feel the connection between the actress and the dog. I think it could have been great, but choices were made that only allowed for it to seem like a movie of the week. Missed opportunity for greatness either from script or directors editing choices. — 311tmb

Rex/Megan
★★★★★
There love is so real and beautiful I love this movie — Awesomeamdhdh

Riley
★★★★★
Great movie — Ghost-Raleigh

Great
★★★★★
Outstanding movie well worth the purchase. — Mojavegreen1

worst movie of all time?
★★★★
yep — Tursiops86