Year of the Dog Reviews

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September 22, 2007
What may catch audiences unawares is how unexpectedly life-affirming this little film about pet death is.
August 31, 2007
Loses its way, as if uncertain how to point out its moral and make us laugh at the same time.
August 31, 2007
A bit of a dog's brunch.
August 31, 2007
White also appears to have lost his grip, taking wild stabs at comedy and tragedy and ending up with something that's fractured and fluffy, and definitely not as cute as it thinks it is.
August 31, 2007
Though the film falters in terms of its lack of a streamlined narrative, there is no denying that it is packed to the rafters with meaty ideas and characters who are charged with a satisfying moral ambivalence.
May 4, 2007
Year of the Dog asks how far we should be willing to go for the love of animals, and for that matter, for love itself.
April 27, 2007
White's humanist account of a woman more comfortable with animals than people is another intricately crosshatched sketch in his gallery of outsiders.
April 27, 2007
There are those who believe empathy is the quality that separates man from beast, but what does it say that White directs his compassion exclusively toward animals?
April 27, 2007
Much is said in little moments: The entire cast offers jots of humor and insight, from Reilly and Sarsgaard to Laura Dern as a spiny sister-in-law and Regina King as Layla, a vehemently supportive friend.
April 27, 2007
Year of the Dog is a feel-good, feel-bad movie about personal choice in the face of an overwhelming world. It brings more than you expect and leaves you wondering. How extraordinarily brave.
April 27, 2007
Year of the Dog has been perfectly cast, and Shannon is a small revelation; shorn of the antic energy she has invested in her sketch characters and, given an actual character to play, she accomplishes something welcome and unexpected.
April 27, 2007
Year of the Dog has a sweetly off-kilter quality about it, and it also lays claim to an additional virtue: It probably won't remind you of every other dog movie you've ever seen.
April 27, 2007
Is it possible for a movie to anthromorphize humans?
April 27, 2007
Despite the gimmicky direction and a disappointing climax, this is a distinctive and unsettling comedy.
April 27, 2007
We're asked to laugh at her. Then we're asked to be ashamed of our laughter. It's a delicate balance, and White and his actors pull it off magnificently.
April 26, 2007
It's a movie in mourning, a dark comedy where we never quite see the light at the end of the tunnel.
April 26, 2007
The bittersweet Dog is a film that whimpers rather than barks.
April 23, 2007
A gentle, melancholy and silly movie about a loner whose only secure source of affection is her beagle.
April 23, 2007
There's a lot of truth and beauty in Year of the Dog, and most of it radiates from the performance of Molly Shannon.
April 23, 2007
There's an undeniable sweetness to the movie's celebration of surrendering to one's best self.
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