Year of the Dog Reviews

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April 23, 2007
It's enjoyable in a dry but fervent way that most American comedies aren't.
April 21, 2007
Evinces an appealing sentimentality without being maudlin or only puppy-dog cute.
April 20, 2007
[Writer-director White] is perceptive and gentle enough a director to allow Peggy to become a dog person of tragic proportions without laughing at her. He's a humorist with a humane core.
April 20, 2007
Year of the Dog succeeds in drawing you in, making you look at the world from her perspective. By the end of the movie, you will recognize what kind of a person she is -- and you'll understand how she came to be that way.
April 20, 2007
In the end, [writer-director] White settles for some unearned and unpersuasive optimism, which, in Hollywood scriptwriting, serves as shorthand for poignancy.
April 20, 2007
Year of the Dog is one of those quirky little movies that you marvel ever got made while being supremely grateful that it did. It's hard to even categorize.
April 20, 2007
[Writer-director Mike White] always had a knack for writing character-revealing moments; this time he demonstrates a talent for handling actors as well.
April 20, 2007
Neither extreme of the animal rights debate can take comfort from this take-no-prisoners comedy. Frequently disturbing but always compelling, Year of the Dog barks for attention from the right kind of audience.
April 16, 2007
I think [White] does a nice job of navigating that very tricky material.
April 16, 2007
The movie's meaning seems to be: we're all crippled in some way, so just live with it -- celebrate it, even. That isn't satire; it's moss-brained sentiment that turns 'sensitivity' into a dimly dejected view of life.
April 14, 2007
Poignant but not sappy and darkly funny without being farcical.
April 14, 2007
White's gently perceptive film is a funny, poignant, emotionally honest minor-key character study about a painfully shy woman whose scary, uncertain adult life begins when her dog's happy little existence ends.
April 13, 2007
A bittersweet dark comedy about a lonely middle-aged woman who finds that animals are the only beings she can truly rely on.
April 13, 2007
There's nothing wrong with ambiguity, but Year of the Dog seems more like a film that had a point of view, in some early draft, and then lost it in rewrites.
April 13, 2007
A very low-key, well-acted dramedy.
April 13, 2007
While some may be put off by Peggy's wild-eyed mania, and the film's broadly comic tone, Shannon makes this lost spirit strikingly sympathetic.
April 13, 2007
Year of the Dog is funny ha-ha but firmly in touch with its downer side, which means it's also funny in a kind of existential way.
April 12, 2007
White is a clever writer, and many of his best lines will sneak up on you long after you leave the theater. There's a stealthy sweetness to the movie, a desire to understand those who go their own way, that would seem to be his ultimate aim.
April 12, 2007
There's a good subject buried here: The way the lives of animal lovers can be upended by the loss of a pet.
April 12, 2007
[An] eccentric, affecting comedy.
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