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Max (2015)



Critic Consensus: Max has good intentions and tries to hearken back to classic family-friendly features, but its disjointed, manipulative plot overwhelms the efforts of its talented human and canine stars.

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A military dog from Afghanistan is adopted by his late handler's grieving family in the U.S., where his close bond with the soldier's brother leads to a life-altering revelation in this family-friendly adventure from MGM and director Boaz Yakin (who penned the screenplay alongside writer Sheldon Lettich). ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Josh Wiggins
as Justin Wincott
Jay Hernandez
as Sergeant Reyes
Luke Kleintank
as Tyler Harne
Robbie Amell
as Kyle Wincott
Owen Harn
as Deputy Stack
Raymond W. Beal
as Animal Control Handler #1/Marine
Edgar Arreola
as Cartel Leader
Jason A. Davis
as Police Officer
Pete Burris
as S-2 Major
Joan Q. Scott
as Blue-Haired Lady
Ian Gregg
as Latino Kid
Thomas LaMarche
as Bike Teen #1
Alex Schuler
as Bike Teen #2
Zarina Aurah
as Afghan Village Woman
Varkas Everest
as Afghan Village Man #1
Nazareth Dairian
as Afghan Village Man #2
Naim Alherimi
as Afghan Village Man #3
Issa Alherimi
as Afghan Village Man #4
Zeeko Zaki
as Afghan Policeman
David Flores
as Bike Kid #1
Khamary Grant
as Bike Kid #3
Hayley Alexis Joplin
as Bike Park Teen
Nik Allen
as Moving Truck Driver
as Max
Jack Solomon
as Marine Dog Handler
Sean Archulet
as Highway Patrol Officer
Christian Brunetti
as Alpha Team Leader/Marine
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Critic Reviews for Max

All Critics (100) | Top Critics (40)

How a sweet story about a boy and his dog turns into a lame thriller about backwoods weapons dealing is anyone's guess.

June 10, 2016 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Lost in this shuffle of bullets and narrow misses is Yakin's stated goal of telling a story about the great service that military dogs provide... I'm not sure where that film went, but the bizarre, violent mess I saw isn't it.

December 17, 2015 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
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A watchable but predictable family film drenched in stars-and-stripes piety - Lassie Come Home with combat stress.

August 9, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Hey buddy, if you don't like it here, go and live in Russia (or its 21st century equivalent).

August 8, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…


August 7, 2015 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

This drama is an intensely patriotic affair, which plays at times like a canine version of Clint Eastwood's American Sniper.

August 6, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Max

Entertaining and fun, Max is an inspirational family film. The story follows a military dog who's slated to be put down after going feral in the wake of a firefight in Afghanistan, ,but he's rescued by the family of his former handler and retrained. The plot's pretty clichéd and predictable, yet it kind of works; giving the audience what they want (animal and family bonding and healing together). Still, the kid is kind of annoying at times and the subplot about black market arms dealing is rather contrived. However, despite its little problems, Max is a solid film with a positive message about friendship and bravery.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

Super Reviewer


I like the homage to the veterans and serving dogs this movie boasts, but it is predictable at times. Great young cast they make you laugh. The interaction between the dog and boy is quite believable and well done.

Jarrin Rozenblad
Jarrin Rozenblad

Super Reviewer

This plays out like a made for TV movie but it is still endearing and has a human tale to tell with a lot of heart. Max is undoubtedly the star of the movie and if you have seen any animal movie you know what to expect from this. Still enjoyable though.

Ian Walker
Ian Walker

Super Reviewer

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