• 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

Tom Long
Detroit News
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Between the gypsy psychic and the distracting characters, "Darling Companion" loses its way.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: C

May 18, 2012
Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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[It] has a fine cast, but doesn't seem to have much to say other than lamenting the unfairness of getting old.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 2/4

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
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
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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If good intentions were everything, this benevolent film would be Best in Show. Alas, it's flawed by a drowsy pace (there is far too much hiking) and superfluous, ill-conceived characters.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

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
Rafer Guzman
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The dog had the right idea.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 1/4

May 4, 2012
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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You wonder why this fine cast - which has nine Oscar nominations (with four wins) among them - would bother with something so featherweight...

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 1.5/4

May 3, 2012
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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Initially this struck me as something you'd take your grandmother to see, but by the end it seemed more like something your grandmother would take her grandmother to see.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

April 27, 2012
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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The film sputters and stalls and winds up behaving like the worst sort of oldster - passing gas and pretending to be deep.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 1.5/4

April 27, 2012
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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It is depressing to reflect on the wealth of talent that conspired to make this inert and listless movie.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 1/4

April 27, 2012
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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Lawrence Kasdan's fitfully amusing comedy-drama starring Diane Keaton and Kevin Kline.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2/4

April 27, 2012
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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Even as someone who enjoys the company of a dog, it didn't take long for me to wish the whole bunch of them would shut up, give up and go home. Get a bird or something.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 1.5/5

April 26, 2012
Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
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It's the story that strains credulity, a navel gazer about whether a search for a lost dog can bring an uninvolved family back together as they face life in their 60s.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/4

April 26, 2012
Nathan Rabin
AV Club
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A film no one will remember, not even the people who star in it.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C

April 26, 2012
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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"Darling Companion'' doesn't amount to much more than a fairly painless way for the AARP set to spend an hour and a half watching a movie with stars their own age.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

April 20, 2012
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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It feels like a film that got stuck at the pitch stage, and never quite got turned into a real screenplay.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2/4

April 20, 2012
Alonso Duralde
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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: TheWrap

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
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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How much more fulfilling it would have been to spend those hundred-odd minutes chasing a squirrel, taking a nap or disemboweling a stuffed animal on the living room rug.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 1.5/5

April 19, 2012
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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Like Freeway, the lovable stray dog at the center of this very teary comedy, "Darling Companion"has lost its way.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 1.5/5

April 19, 2012
Ella Taylor
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Let's just say that the dog gets the best lines.

Full Review Source: NPR

April 19, 2012
Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
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As bland and soft as a nice bowl of oatmeal.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

April 19, 2012
Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
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While it's not entirely lacking in sharp dialogue, Kasdan's movie is weirdly unwieldy and... a bit blinkered.

Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 2/5

April 19, 2012
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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The folksy shenanigans are well-intentioned but frankly interminable, with Kline's wry efficiency the best relief from all the yowling and whining.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 1/5

April 19, 2012
Jake Coyle
Associated Press
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It ... feels utterly neutered, a film with little on the line and a talented cast begging for a little wit and a few jokes. The characters are introduced awkwardly and a strange insertion of an animated dream sequence is entirely out of place.

Full Review Source: Associated Press | Original Score: 1.5/4

April 18, 2012
Andrew O'Hehir
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Kasdan was one of the hottest guys in the business for at least a decade. Today, although he's younger than Steven Spielberg or Martin Scorsese ... Kasdan looks like a flailing, irrelevant has-been.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

April 18, 2012
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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When all is said and done, the dog is the only thing you care about in Darling Companion.

Full Review Source: New York Observer | Original Score: 2/4

April 17, 2012
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
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Kasdan's film reveals itself as a pooch-whisperer gloss on The Big Chill...

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

April 17, 2012
Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
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The handsome pooch is ... the only appealing aspect of the latest tale of privileged boomer pulse-taking from Lawrence Kasdan, who co-wrote the script with his wife, Meg...

Full Review Source: Village Voice

April 17, 2012
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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It has the shapeless spread of nonfiction, of a home movie with a hint of that newfangled mumblecore thing the kids these days are into.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

April 15, 2012
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Lawrence Kasdan's comedy strikes a note of rib-nudging blah coyness that feels very 1987.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C

April 13, 2012
Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
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Lawrence Kasdan's pleasant dramedy boasts a prized ensemble but lacks bite.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

February 10, 2012
Lael Loewenstein
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Despite an intriguing premise, a marquee middle-aged cast and a veteran helmer (Lawrence Kasdan) schooled in character-driven ensemble movies, the result is more shaggy-dog story than incisive reflection on human relationships.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 27, 2012
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