Robert’s Reviews: A Dog’s Purpose

Hello Clever People, and welcome to my review for the new family book-to-film adaptation A Dog’s Purpose. This film revolves around the story of one soul that lives within a dog, and the multiple lives it lives, trying to discover the meaning of life. Enjoy!

Robert Burke
Robert Burke is a 14-year-old film critic currently attending Shasta High School. His love for film started when he was very young, and grows as he learns more and more about it. Robert expresses his love for film through reviews, which can be found on this website every Saturday. Film is not his only passion, as he also loves to act in local productions with Cascade Theater, Shasta College and Riverfront Playhouse. He currently lives in Redding, CA, and hopes to one day be a film director. To view all of Robert’s reviews go to
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5 Responses

  1. Kathleen says:

    As a dog lover I was tempted to see this movie until they showed, on the news,  the German Shepherd forced and terrified making a water scene.  After hearing your opinion I’m glad I didn’t take the time.  Thanks for another well done review, Robert.

  2. Oh, Robert, I loved this review, and I love you!

    You’ve given me a reason to like bad movies: so I can hear your review. I literally laughed out loud a few times.

    I love starting my Saturday with you and your reviews. Thank you!

  3. Beverly Stafford says:

    It’s puzzlement that people who put forth sophomoric scripts are still able to obtain backing for large scale movies.  My sister-in-law observed that in the past, most novels were about 350 pages long whereas many of today’s novels are 600 and 700 pages long.  Most of those excess pages are just padding as though the author is paid by the word.  I think these lengthy movies are like that, just as Robert stated.  Thanks, Robert, for saving me from a couple of hours of wasted viewing time.

  4. Joanne Lobeski Snyder says:

    Thank you for a great review Robert.   All of the faults you found with this film would be the sorts of things that would make me angry that I’d wasted money at a theater.  On the other hand, I like dogs and will probably see the film one day just for the sap and any good feeling that might be wrung from this movie, but thanks to you, I will have lowered expectations for quality of script and character development.


  5. Lisa says:

    Definitely made me cry at least twice, in remembrance of my own 4 fur babies!

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