Movie Spotlight: A Dog’s Way Home

A Dog’s Way Home is a 2019 American family adventure film directed by Charles Martin Smith and written by W. Bruce Cameron and Cathryn Michon, based on the book by Cameron. The film stars Ashley Judd, Edward James Olmos, Alexandra Shipp, Wes Studi, Chris Bauer, Barry Watson, and Jonah Hauer-King, and follows a dog (voiced by Bryce Dallas Howard) who travels more than 400 miles to find her owner. It was released in the United States on January 11, 2019.

A dog named Bella embarks on a 400-mile journey home after she is separated from her owner, Lucas, who is an aspiring medical student. During the separation, Bella encounters a coyote pack in a forest. They are defeated by a cougar which befriends Bella.

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 69% based on 26 reviews, with an average rating of 5.1/10.

On Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, the film has a score of 46 out of 100, based on 9 critics, indicating “mixed or average reviews”.