A Dog Year (2009) - Rotten Tomatoes

A Dog Year (2009)





Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

A Dog Year Photos

Movie Info

A writer in the midst of an existential crisis finds his life transformed after adopting an abused border collie in this emotionally uplifting comedy. Based on author Jon Katz's best-selling memoir of the same name, A Dog Year opens to find the writer at an emotionally precarious stage in his life. The proud owner of two laid back Labrador Retrievers, Jon (Bridges) finds his staid existence shaken up as the twitchy new companion proves much more than a handful. Later, as Jon struggles to overcome a bad case of writer's block, his daughter Emma (Lauren Ambrose) returns home from college for a visit, and him know exactly how much she disapproves of his current living conditions. Finally inspired to make a change for the better, Jon relocates to a quiet farmhouse and seeks out the help of a compassionate dog trainer (Lois Smith), whose patience and insight help to improve not only the condition the traumatized dog, but the outlook of its troubled owner as well.

Watch it now


Jeff Bridges
as Jon Katz
Welker White
as Brenda King
Domhnall Gleeson
as Anthony Armstrong
Amelia Campbell
as Sandra Zeller
Jan Leslie Harding
as Nancy Longhetti
Michael Heintzman
as Jeff Clement
Deirdre O'Connell
as Donna Brady
Manish Baliga
as Airport Manager
Lindsay Brice
as Nosy Neighbor
Glenn Kessler
as Airport Policeman #1
Bernadette Quigley
as Busybody Woman
Myra Lucretia-Taylor
as Baggage Claim Girl
Ben Van Bergen
as Police Officer #1
Teresa Yenque
as Hispanic Woman
Show More Cast

Critic Reviews for A Dog Year

All Critics (1)

An okay presentation of an okay picture featuring a characteristically appealing Jeff Bridges performance.

December 10, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for A Dog Year


I love movies involving dogs and animals, but somehow this one wasn't as great as I anticipated. It seemed too short and didn't get very involved. I love the dogs in it though - they are adorable!

Sarah Prisbylla
Sarah Prisbylla

Super Reviewer


Jeff Bridges plays an author who we get to know over a period of a year. We don't know a lot about his background going in, but it's clear that he his not exactly a people person. He adopts a border collie...and while trying to understand the dog, he starts to get a better grip on his own life. Nothing earth shattering here, just a nice decent movie.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

Cute film, but could have been much better. I was surprised by the short running time for the movie. I thought it could have been 15 or 20 minutes longer. It needed a rewrite. It isn't as good as films like Marley and Me and Turner and Hootch. Jeff Bridges does an ok job in the film.

Sol C
Sol C

Super Reviewer

A Dog Year Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

Discussion Forum

Discuss A Dog Year on our Movie forum!

News & Features