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By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Brave military dog saves the day in intense adventure.

Movie PG 2015 111 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 12 parent reviews

age 10+
The film is over all very friendly but some scenes may be intense for young viewers. Max is very kind, cute and protective, which will attract children by the age of 7 or 8. If a 7 or 8 year old is watching this film with you, its better for them to turn away because this movie focuses on themes of loss, death and war which is definitely not appropriate for that age. There is some gun use but nothing gets to intense. There is no language nor sex at all, and overall its a family friendly film. Max is a really good choice for children 9 or over. A must watch!
age 18+

my max

best movie ever

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (12):
Kids say (26):

With engaging performances that bolster a scenario combining Americans' attraction to heroic military epics and our love of dogs, this movie hums along. Max is magnificent and gives a performance that makes Rin Tin Tin and Lassie look like chopped liver. Owing to a need to wrap things up neatly, the movie can sometimes feel formulaic and even obvious: The bad guy is melodramatically identified early on, and when he pops up later in the story, Max goes nuts trying to communicate the danger -- but, hey, humans just don't listen. Still, there's lots to like about Max, and you can certainly expect your heartstrings to be tugged.

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