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The Art of Racing in the Rain

United States
Comedy. Drama | Friendship. Animals
A dog named Enzo recalls the life lessons he has learned from his race car driving owner, Denny.
Author Review
United StatesUnited States F
Caryn James
The Hollywood Reporter
"[It] is watchable but flat, with only occasional flashes of wit and feeling (...) The plot takes several turns into melodrama, but it’s effectively done melodrama"  NEU
United StatesUnited States M
Peter Debruge
"This movie’s entire raison d’être is to make you cry, and in that respect, novelist Garth Stein piled on nearly every ploy (...) There aren’t a lot of surprises in 'The Art of Racing in the Rain'."  NEU
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Peter Bradshaw
The Guardian
"A film aimed with lethal efficiency at your tear ducts like Chuck Norris putting his boot into your kidneys (…) Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
United StatesUnited States F
Caroline Siede
AV Club
"[It] will play well for those who consider their pets to be full-fledged family members, but otherwise this dog’s journey lacks a purpose or any sense of artistry."  NEU
United StatesUnited States F
Stephanie Zacharek
"It could all be so winsome and adorable–but it isn’t (...) [The big problem] is that it’s nearly impossible to care about any of the humans."  NEG
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Ed Potton
The Times
"It really shouldn’t work. Yet somehow it steers a course between corniness and barminess. By the end I was crying like a baby (…) Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
CanadaCanada M
Sandy Schaefer
Screen Rant
"[It] is whimsical and manipulative in equal measure (...) Too often feels like a book that's been turned into a movie (…) Rating: ★★½ (out of 5)"  NEU
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Tim Grierson
"Curtis starts to pile on the melodramatic plot twists, robbing the narrative of emotional honesty. Some heartfelt performances and an adorable dog aren’t quite enough to combat the sentimentality and contrivances that follow."  NEG
CanadaCanada M
Andrew Parker
The Gate
"I rarely thought I was watching a masterpiece (...) but I can say that I felt some heartstrings being plucked, some sympathies forming for the characters, and sometimes I was even intellectually engaged (…) Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)"  NEU
United StatesUnited States F
Leah Greenblatt
Entertainment Weekly
"'Rain' is not a bad movie, really, and it doesn’t sell itself as anything other than earnest, floppy-eared family entertainment. But there’s a gooey out-of-time feeling to the whole thing"  NEU
United StatesUnited States M
Nell Minow
"I have eaten stacks of pancakes that were less syrupy than 'The Art of Racing in the Rain' (...) Anyone who cherishes a dog will be drawn into this story (…) Rating: ★★ (out of 4)"  NEU
IrelandIreland M
Paddy Kehoe
"[It] is not Sergei Eisenstein or Jean Cocteau, but it serves its purpose as a meat-and-two-veg family story which does what it says on the tin with real expertise (…) Rating: ★★★½ (out of 5)"  POS
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Ian Freer
"[It] relies too heavily on the charms of its golden retriever. It might be built on the notion that dogs are the wisest of us all, but the end result winds up stupid (…) Rating: ★★ (out of 5)"  NEG
United StatesUnited States M
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
"The movie’s life lessons can be hard to take. Luckily, Ventimiglia (...) brings sincerity and welcome humor to Denny (…) Rating: ★★½ (out of 5)"  NEU
United KingdomUnited Kingdom F
Clarisse Loughrey
The Independent
"It all quickly starts to feel like a conveyor belt of emotional manipulations (...) Even the racing scenes lack any sense of thrill or adrenaline (…) Rating: ★★ (out of 5)"  NEG
IrelandIreland F
Deirdre Molumby
"'The Art of Racing in the Rain' is broad enough to appeal to all members of the family. However, its lack of originality leaves a sense of dissatisfaction (…) Rating: ★★½ (out of 5)"  NEU
IrelandIreland M
"[It] is a story we've seen before but with enough important twists and turns on the track to impress (…) Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
IrelandIreland M
Paul Whitington
Irish Independent
"A strange and morbid film (…) Rating: ★★ (out of 5)"  NEG
IrelandIreland F
Tara Brady
Irish Times
"It’s so ramshackle you half expect the film to slide off the screen. But you couldn’t say it was dull (…) Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)"  NEU
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