Buddy Reviews

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February 11, 2020
A genuinely fresh take on "dog films" that, thanks to both the doc's dutiful furry stars and their grateful human co-stars, amounts to solid entertainment for all ages and screens.
November 2, 2019
It lovingly pays tribute to the spirit of these great service dogs.
October 31, 2019
Buddy presents a world where there is less of a social gap between humans and other species than is often assumed, where love for a dog can mean every bit as much as love for a human.
October 21, 2019
Buddy is slow, quiet and never showy. It gives us specific insight into six households, but it also builds toward larger ideas.
July 3, 2019
Makes you wish the Peruvian-born director, well known for ferreting out telling ironies, would have dug deeper or perhaps gone broader in her overview of these symbiotic relationships.
June 27, 2019
After seeing "Buddy," viewers who have dogs at home probably will want to hug them a little tighter, while those who don't might wish they had.
June 26, 2019
Throughout the movie, the bond of love between human and dog is constant, and beautiful to behold.
June 21, 2019
A lovely, touching doc from a director who knows a thing or two about emotional intimacy.
June 21, 2019
Absolutely fascinating.
June 21, 2019
In resisting the urge to roll over into the sappy-dog genre, Buddy instead elevates the stories it tells: It's ultimately about love, resilience and lessons we can all take in.
June 20, 2019
This film resonates due to a beating heart at its centre, and due to an acknowledgment that we all need a helping paw every now and then.
June 4, 2019
Honigmann approaches each of the dogs and their owners as people in a mutually beneficial relationship full of love and trust.
May 18, 2019
An uncommonly patient and observant film, teasing out deep and often profound truths as it examines the lives of its subjects and their relationships with the animals they love.
Top Critic
May 4, 2019
"Buddy" doesn't need to be as delicate and intelligent as it is to work, but its thoughtful, unsentimental gaze makes an already guaranteed awww-fest into something more substantially affecting.
April 25, 2019
This amounts to about 90 minutes of going "Awwww..."
April 25, 2019
Honigmann opens by marvelling at the remarkable interplay between human and animal, but soon shifts to a more meditative state, contemplating the profound connection we make with dogs.
April 23, 2019
Honigmann balances sentimentality with practicality by asking her subjects relevant, empathetic questions that allow for the cathartic moments to come about organically...
April 3, 2019
Not as witty nor entertaining as the cat doc KEDI, but it's nonetheless mildly engaging, charming and heartwarming.
March 21, 2019
Honigmann doesn't want the audience to be a "fly on the wall," so instead she immerses us in the day-to-day realities of living with a disability.
March 19, 2019
The movie is warm, observant, mildly philosophical and deeply curious about the daily and inner lives of both the people and their four-legged assistants.
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