Review: 'A Dog's Way Home' is saccharine and sentimental - Associated Press
Associated Press - Fri 11 Jan 05:41 GMT

Review: 'A Dog's Way Home' is saccharine and sentimental - Associated Press

How much of a sweet tooth do you have when it comes to movies? It's a question you might want to consider before stepping out for "A Dog's Way Home ," W. Bruce Cameron adaptation of his book about a dog who finds her way back to her owner across 400 miles of…

  Bryce Dallas Howard provides the honeyed voice for the heroine, Bella, a stray who lives happily with some dogs and cats under an abandoned property until animal services snags about half (including her mom).

  Bella is a very cute pup who grows into a very cute dog with limited grammar and comprehension skills that never quite evolve past that of a 4-year-old (i.e. “I’m ready to do ’go home!

  Directed by Charles Martin Smith, of such animal adventures as “Dolphin Tale” and “Air Bud,” ″A Dog’s Way Home” is actually surprisingly intense.

  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.

  “A Dog’s Way Home,” a Columbia Pictures release, is rated PG by the Motion Picture Association of America for “thematic elements, some peril and language.”