Metascore
60

Mixed or average reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Rob Humanick
    May 22, 2012
    88
    The exquisite live-action Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog may be the family film of the year.
  2. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    May 17, 2012
    75
    What sets this film above so many movies about animals is that it's about a dog who is realistic in every aspect.
  3. Reviewed by: Andy Webster
    May 18, 2012
    70
    Therein lies the essence of this simple, bluntly effective movie. Its principal selling point - the supreme watchability of dogs, especially working dogs - is undeniably powerful.
  4. Reviewed by: Melissa Anderson
    May 15, 2012
    70
    When isn't it a good time to show a movie tracing the development of a kind, charismatic yellow Labrador retriever from frolicsome puppy to devoted seeing-eye companion to weary senior?
  5. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    May 17, 2012
    60
    Yoichi Sai's movie may be a bit tough for young viewers, but it is gentle and illuminating.
  6. Reviewed by: Matt Singer
    May 15, 2012
    60
    The real star is Rafie, the golden pup that plays Quill; dogs can be taught to sit or lie down, but they can't fake the sort of connection he makes with the people around him.
  7. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    May 14, 2012
    60
    Puppy appeal nudges past some dramatic deficiencies -- if just by a nose.
  8. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    May 16, 2012
    42
    The rigors of identifying and training companion dogs are fascinating, but they would fit more comfortably in a non-fiction format, where nobody has to play pretend. As it stands, the dog is the only creature who acts naturally.

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