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My Dog Skip (1999)

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73

Average Rating: 6.7/10
Reviews Counted: 82
Fresh: 60 | Rotten: 22

Critics say My Dog Skip is cute, wholesome entertainment for the family. It's especially designed to appeal to your sentiment, but you might find yourself choking up just the same.

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Average Rating: 6.6/10
Critic Reviews: 24
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 7

Critics say My Dog Skip is cute, wholesome entertainment for the family. It's especially designed to appeal to your sentiment, but you might find yourself choking up just the same.

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Average Rating: 3.1/5
User Ratings: 46,056

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The popular memoir by Pulitzer prize-winning author Willie Morris became this family comedy-drama about a boy and his dog. Young Willie Morris (Frankie Muniz) is a shy eight-year-old in 1942 Yazoo, MS, who is more comfortable reading than playing sports. A target for local bullies, Willie's only real pal is his older next-door neighbor Dink Jenkins (Luke Wilson), once the town's living sports legend and a big brother figure to Willie, an only child. When Dink is shipped overseas for service in

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Drama, Kids & Family

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Gail Gilchriest

Jul 11, 2000

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All Critics (96) | Top Critics (26) | Fresh (60) | Rotten (22) | DVD (15)

In its own quiet, poignant, character-driven way, it's a movie for almost anyone of any age who's hungry for a beguiling 95 minutes.

January 1, 2000
Boston Globe
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The formula may be an old one, but it's still a good one.

January 1, 2000
Film.com
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From the very first words you hear in My Dog Skip, you know you have hit a rare, precious breed of movie, one that honors and rejoices in the language.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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Good dog. Good dog movie.

January 1, 2000
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Worst of all, the Jack Russell playing Skip is allowed to mug à la Frasier's Eddie instead of behaving like an actual canine.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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I had shelved a movie critic's usual reserve and just started identifying with Willie and Skip.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: At the Movies
At the Movies
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...a gem of a movie for children and adults, despite its clichés.

December 31, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Great boy-and-dog tale, but be prepared for tears.

December 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Not a mawkish dying-dog tearjerker, "My Dog Skip" carries a touch of Mark Twain, with quasi-dangerous tall tales and awareness of a gap between childhood and boyhood. Plus, as it's said of "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," there's cussin' in it.

September 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Suite101.com
Suite101.com

Features two irresistible lead characters -- and you can't always say that about a movie.

July 1, 2004 Full Review Source: Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

So riddled with live-action Disney movie clichés that I kept waiting for Cruella de Ville to show up and threaten to skin the dog alive.

July 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Comments (3)
Combustible Celluloid

A heart-affecting boy-with-a-dog drama.

March 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

An affectionate and tender family film...

February 14, 2001 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

While this family film often follows the traditional mechanics of its genre, the emotions it elicits feel far from manufactured.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

Skip may not change your life, but if you want a movie you can take your kids to without any trace of off-color jokes, sex, or violence, this is one.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Citysearch
Citysearch

Bring plenty of Kleenex.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Works because it never tries to be more than the very personal memory piece it is.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

This might well be worth a rental for the kids when it comes out on video, but it's a bit too literary despite the wonderful cinematography.

January 1, 2000
Greenwich Village Gazette

Audience Reviews for My Dog Skip

My Dog Skip is a very good family drama. The film is quite simple, but manages to be very good. The cast do a fine job here, and lead actor Frankie Muniz is very good compared to his other film roles. This is a well acted film, one that is sure to appeal to the entire family. This film has charm, a well written story and a good dose of comedy into its drama, which makes it a memorable film. The film is nothing new, but it works well enough to be fun, dramatic, sad and entertaining. What makes this film worth watching is the performances of its cast, and the witty script which make the film much better even with a not so brand new plot. This is the type of film we've seen many times before, however it still manages in being a must see film due to a good script. This is also a well directed film, and it's one terrific film that is sure to please anyone of all ages. This is among the best family films in the last fifteen years, and it has something for everyone. The film is a must see if you're looking for the perfect family film, and it has everything you'd expect from a good family oriented drama comedy. The film is not perfect, but it still has enough going for it to make it worth watching. With a good cast, a good story and good directing, My Dog Skip is a wonderful film. This is one of those rare family films that is actually something that anyone of any age groups will surely enjoy. The film is not cheesy and is always fun, dramatic and sad.
July 12, 2012
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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Cute, but no recommendable movie.
January 28, 2012
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

This true story has been re-created for one reason only, to touch the hearts of all ages and to feel sympathy for a boy and his dog as he faces the challenges that every boy his age faces. This film is brilliantly acted, well casted, good-hearted, family-friendly, funny, and will have you in tears by the time the credits role. This film touched me in ways that many movies have been incapable of touching me in. There may be a few scenes that seem a little undeveloped and rushed, but that is not enough to stop this film from being what it is: amazing! I feel some charcters (particularly the bullies) are a little too quirky for such a heart-felt story, but this film knows what it is trying to accomplish, and does it with ease. It will make you think twice about life, and just how precious every living thing in life truly is. Fantastic Film!
July 30, 2011
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

Very touching and emotional to the max. Full review later.
August 21, 2010
TomBowler
Thomas Bowler

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    1. Narrator: Old Skip was eleven, and feeble with arthritis, but he never lost that old devilish look in his eye. He made my room his own. Came across an old photo of him, not long ago. His little face, with the long snout sniffin' at somethin' in the air. His tail was straight out, pointin'. Eyes were flashin' in some momentary excitement. He always loved to be rubbed on the back of his neck. And when I did it, he'd yawn and he's stretch, reach out to me with his paws, as if he was tryin' to embrace me. I received a transatlantic call one day. 'Skip died,' my Daddy said. He and my mama wrapped him in my baseball jacket. 'They buried him out under our elm tree,' they said. That wasn't totally true. For he really lay buried in my heart.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (7 months ago)
    1. Dink Jenkins: It's not the dyin' that scares me, it's the killin'.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (7 months ago)
    1. Narrator: I almost lost old Skip that day. Even as he was sleepin' on the operatin' table, he was still teachin' me. That day, I became a young man. Why, in childhood and youth, we wish time to pass so quickly. We wanna grow up so fast. Yet, as adults, as we wish just the opposite.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (7 months ago)
    1. Ellen Morris: I'm not askin'.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (7 months ago)
    1. Jack Morris: (Willie runs off to find Skip) Sometimes he gets mad and says things he doesn't mean. He gets it from his mother. When I got back from Spain, I got into accountin'. I figured I could hide behind a desk. I looked down, and I didn't so much as look up for a whole year. When I finally did, people weren't starin' at me anymore. I guess they kinda forgot about it.
    2. Dink Jenkins: Well, Mr. Morris. You got a purple heart. I got a yellow stripe. You can trust me. They don't forget about cowards.
    3. Jack Morris: Well, folks like to keep things small, Dink. Fit you into one pocket or the other. Give a man a label, and you never really need to get to know him. My son, he looks up to you, Dink. Now because you can run or throw a ball. You're his hero because you're his friend. And that's what he needs. A friend.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (14 months ago)
    1. Dink Jenkins: You think I don't know what folks are sayin'. That old Dink's a coward?. Huh?. Well I know. And you know?. They're right. I got scared. And I ran. You think it was 'cause I was afraid of dyin'?. Because I wished I was dead of plenty of times.
    2. Willie Morris: Then what was it?.
    3. Dink Jenkins: It ain't the dyin' that scary, boy. It's the killin'. Now look, that dog ain't lost. You just need to know where to find him. There's gotta be at least one place around here that you hadn't thought of to look at, right?.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (14 months ago)
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