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By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Book-based dog tale has some emotional intensity.

Movie PG 1996 93 minutes
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Veteran performers Scott Wilson, Michael Moriarty, and Ann Dowd (as Marty's sympathetic mother) give Shiloh solid grounding even if it echoes many boy-and-his-dog stories. However, without over-explaining anything, the movie offers more depth than the usual such fare. The movie's bad guy was once a kid who played with Marty's dad, and his dad was famously mean and abusive, suggesting that Judd might be a better guy if he'd had better parents. The movie also offers a sympathetic way of assessing the villain, hinting that drinking and educational limits have turned him meaner than he might otherwise have been. For those reasons this movie will probably be best for tweens and up.

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