• PG-13, 1 hr. 43 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Lawrence Kasdan
    In Theaters:
    Apr 20, 2012 Limited
    On DVD:
    Aug 28, 2012
  • Sony Pictures Classics

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Darling Companion Reviews

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John Hanlon
Big Hollywood

A complacent uncomplicated family drama with simple yet endearing sensitivities.

Full Review Source: Big Hollywood | Original Score: 3.0/5

June 30, 2013

Film Threat

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 3.5/5

January 22, 2013
Justin Craig
FoxNews.com

Featuring beautiful cinematography that captures the natural beauty of the Rockies and a superlative cast, Lawrence and Meg Kasdan's "Darling Companion" is a darling of a film.

Full Review Source: FoxNews.com | Original Score: 6/10

September 10, 2012
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a passably pleasant endeavor from Kasdan that is, admittedly, a far cry from his earlier work...

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 21, 2012
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

... meanders along from scene to scene in an amiable stroll ...

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 3/5

May 18, 2012
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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It's far from a great movie - an overwritten, underplotted vanity project that's a distant echo of what director Lawrence Kasdan could do in his prime. But it has Diane Keaton, and that's enough.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 17, 2012
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com

Although the end result can be a mixed bag of tonalities, it's reassuring to feel the Kasdan vibe after 10 years of silence. I hope it's not another decade before he decides to direct again.

Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com | Original Score: B-

May 11, 2012
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

The movie has a relaxed pace, which is appropriate as characters learn that their everyday worries aren't as important as human connections.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 11, 2012
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Don't expect to be blown away, but it's a pleasant comedy-drama.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 10, 2012
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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It's fun to watch Keaton and Kline together, bickering and (of course) bonding all over again.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 10, 2012
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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The movie takes a simple if shattering occurrence and uses it as a way to bring a family together, an old trick but one well played by director Lawrence Kasdan and his wife and screenwriting partner Meg.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

May 4, 2012
Jeanne Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan

Kasdan and his wife have almost perfected the patter of married life, combined with dog ownership. I think the writing is superb, and I laughed out loud multiple times.

Full Review Source: Kaplan vs. Kaplan

April 27, 2012
David Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan

You don't have to be a dog lover to like "Darling Companion". But it probably would be an asset in understanding why otherwise sensible adults would go to extreme lengths, even endangering their lives, to find their runaway pooch.

Full Review Source: Kaplan vs. Kaplan

April 27, 2012
Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin's Picks

...I found the movie disarming and quite likable. The cast couldn't be better, and the settings (Utah, substituting for Colorado, although there are some readily identifiable shots taken in Telluride) are beautiful.

Full Review Source: Leonard Maltin's Picks

April 20, 2012
Alonso Duralde
The Wrap
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Darling Companion is a "Pretty White People with Problems" movie, but like the dog at its center, it cozies its way into your lap and stares at you adoringly until you resist its flaws and find yourself won over.

Full Review Source: The Wrap

April 19, 2012
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Joseph's cynicism and wit are communicated with the spot-on casting of Kline, and Keaton ably conveys Beth's suppressed loneliness as well as her big heart.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 19, 2012
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A Lawrence-Kasdan directed dramody about how a lost dog helps a long-married couple find their way back to each other.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 4/5

April 19, 2012
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International

With its strong cast, gorgeous Utah mountain locations, brilliant fall colors and laudable story in praise of love, animals, family loyalty, friendship and dignified aging, Darling Companion should attract some traffic.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

April 19, 2012
James Luxford
The National

a paean to "First World Problems"

Full Review Source: The National | Original Score: 1/5

October 18, 2013
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

No doubt this yarn enthralled Larry and Meg Kasdan's dinner guests, but onscreen the crisis seems dull and inconsequential, in part because the quest for the dog is essentially a MacGuffin that drives the blah 'real' story about marital reconciliation.

Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Original Score: 2/4

September 17, 2012
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