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Red Dog Reviews

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February 24, 2012
Heart's in the right place, but very broad and quite irritating too.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 7, 2011
A film with as much substance as a very long beer ad.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 31, 2011
Red Dog has all the ingredients of a durable outback yarn with iconic Australian characters and elements - except for the glue to hold it all together
August 3, 2011
The screenplay by Daniel Taplitz lays on the nostalgic populism with a trowel. A big speech celebrating Red Dog as an emblem of Dampier's pioneering spirit feels out of keeping with the laconic Aussie idiom.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
February 13, 2012
The human characters are rather sketchily drawn and the storytelling follows a blandly 'uplifting' path.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 23, 2012
Well, it's a doggy story for humans, anyway: an avowedly true-life tale that comes across like a well-meaning PG-certification of the real world.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 6, 2017
Though the film may be a little clumsy, and a few of the characters more annoying than endearing, you are guaranteed to have a good heartfelt laugh and quite likely a cry, thanks to this little Aussie legend.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 12, 2018
Flaws are balanced, however, by some terrific performances and Geoffrey Hall's superb cinematography.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 6, 2013
Emotional dog tale features drinking, violence, and loss.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 29, 2018
For some the sentimentalism will be too much to stomach, but ultimately director Kriv Stenders strikes the right balance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 28, 2011
Miners are telling Red Dog stories, and so it's essentially a series of personal flashbacks that grow larger with the retelling, exactly the way mythology gets kickstarted.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 11, 2011
I was immensely moved by "Red Dog", and I can't picture a movie-goer who won't be. It's wonderful.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
February 24, 2012
Hollywood's own family fare could probably learn a little from this sweet-natured and surprisingly affecting Aussie hit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 20, 2012
The humans are a pretty generic, but the dog is a charmer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 4, 2011
What matters here is the heart, and only a true cynic would find Red Dog totally unenjoyable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 1, 2011
It was this second half of the film I enjoyed most. The cheesy dialogue is left behind and we get to see these characters (including Red Dog himself) at their most vulnerable.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
February 24, 2012
I do like a good dog in a family movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 24, 2012
Even hardened blokes will struggle not to choke back a few tears at the end.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 22, 2012
All this is relayed in flashback and the storytelling is a tad episodic but it's exuberantly told, with some engaging characters and colourful visuals. Dog-lovers may even find themselves wiping away a tear or two.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 2, 2011
An affable Aussie dramedy that turns back the clock and pretends that the golden age of Australian cinema never ended.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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