The official plot synopsis for A Dog’s Way Home reads: “As a puppy, Bella finds her way into the arms of Lucas, a young man who gives her a good home. When Bella becomes separated from Lucas, she soon finds herself on an epic, 400-mile journey to reunite with her beloved owner. Along the way, the lost but spirited dog touches the lives of an orphaned mountain lion, a down-on-his-luck veteran and some friendly strangers who happen to cross her path.”
What do critics say about A Dog’s Way Home?
A Dog’s Way Home has a fresh rating of 69 percent on reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.
Lindsey Bahr from Associated Press:
“Although it might be a stretch to categorize this as a movie, A Dog’s Way Home is harmless enough and a nice little adventure that’s fit for the whole family.
“But you might want to have the tissues ready.”
Jude Dry from indieWire:
“This franchise should follow its own advice: Find a purpose, a way home, or show yourself the doggy door.”
A Dog’s Way Home: The movie stars Ashley Judd and Bryce Dallas Howard as the voice of Bella
Rafer Guzman from Newsday:
“It’s a dog of a movie, alright.”
Yolanda Machado from TheWrap:
“A Dog’s Way Home is a joyless jaunt that offers an adorable canine star and not much else.”
Katie Rife from AV Club:
“Director Charles Martin Smith ploughs through the darker material at a relentlessly cheerful kids’-movie clip, for an incongruous marriage of tone and subject matter that’s honestly a bit unsettling.”
Courtney Howard from Variety:
“This family-friendly adventure, reminiscent of ‘The Incredible Journey,’ follows a tried-and-true but heartwarming path.”
Frank Scheck from Hollywood Reporter:
“Dog lovers of all ages will warm up to its adventure tale about a plucky pooch who embarks on a 400-mile journey to get back home to his beloved owner.”
Glenn Kenny from the New York Times:
“As ridiculous as it gets, and that’s plenty, A Dog’s Way Home manages to serve up a one-to-two-hankie finale, depending on the extent of your dog-person-ness.”
Hoai-Tran Bui from Slashfilm:
“Who is this for? Not the kid next to me squirming impatiently as Bella nearly dies of dehydration.”
Robert Kojder from Flickering Myth:
“There is a game Bella and Lucas play called ‘Go Home’ to avoid being impounded by authorities; it’s a game I wanted to play around 20 minutes into the film.”
A Dog’s Way Home: The movie has a respectable 69 percent on Rotten Tomatoes
Sandie Angulo Chen from Common Sense Media:
“Sentimental but sweet dog adventure has intense, sad scenes.”
Joey Magidson from Hollywood News:
“Manipulative or not, this tale made me cry almost uncontrollably.
“One specific tragic moment and one of happy release had me openly sobbing.”
Tomris Laffly from RogerEbert.com
“Between its belief in cross-species friendship, unmistakable anti-hunting/environmentalist message and overall progressive tone, A Dog’s Way Home is a good dog movie with its heart in the right place, just like any nameless canine regardless of its breed.”
A Dog’s Way Home: The movie charts a dog’s journey to her owner
Katie Walsh from Chicago Tribune:
“Even the cute factor of A Dog’s Way Home can’t obscure its narrative weaknesses.”
Roger Moore from Movie Nation:
“Dog’s Way Home is aimed at the very young, so don’t expect anything challenging.
“It moves along but felt limp and kind of lifeless, for all the sentimentality Smith & Co. serve up.”
A Dog’s Way Home is out in cinemas on January 25, 2019.