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Darling Companion Reviews

May 18, 2012
Between the gypsy psychic and the distracting characters, "Darling Companion" loses its way.
Full Review | Original Score: C
May 18, 2012
[It] has a fine cast, but doesn't seem to have much to say other than lamenting the unfairness of getting old.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 17, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 10, 2012
It's fun to watch Keaton and Kline together, bickering and (of course) bonding all over again.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 10, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2/4
May 4, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/4
May 4, 2012
The dog had the right idea.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
May 3, 2012
You wonder why this fine cast - which has nine Oscar nominations (with four wins) among them - would bother with something so featherweight...
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
April 27, 2012
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.
April 27, 2012
The film sputters and stalls and winds up behaving like the worst sort of oldster - passing gas and pretending to be deep.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
April 27, 2012
It is depressing to reflect on the wealth of talent that conspired to make this inert and listless movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
April 27, 2012
Lawrence Kasdan's fitfully amusing comedy-drama starring Diane Keaton and Kevin Kline.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 26, 2012
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 | Original Score: 1.5/5
April 26, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2/4
April 26, 2012
A film no one will remember, not even the people who star in it.
Full Review | Original Score: C
April 20, 2012
"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 | Original Score: 2/4
April 20, 2012
It feels like a film that got stuck at the pitch stage, and never quite got turned into a real screenplay.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
April 19, 2012
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.
April 19, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 19, 2012
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.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
April 19, 2012
Like Freeway, the lovable stray dog at the center of this very teary comedy, "Darling Companion"has lost its way.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Top Critic
April 19, 2012
Let's just say that the dog gets the best lines.
April 19, 2012
As bland and soft as a nice bowl of oatmeal.
April 19, 2012
While it's not entirely lacking in sharp dialogue, Kasdan's movie is weirdly unwieldy and... a bit blinkered.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 19, 2012
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 | Original Score: 1/5
April 18, 2012
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
April 18, 2012
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.
April 17, 2012
When all is said and done, the dog is the only thing you care about in Darling Companion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 17, 2012
Kasdan's film reveals itself as a pooch-whisperer gloss on The Big Chill...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 17, 2012
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...
April 15, 2012
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.
April 13, 2012
Lawrence Kasdan's comedy strikes a note of rib-nudging blah coyness that feels very 1987.
Full Review | Original Score: C
February 10, 2012
Lawrence Kasdan's pleasant dramedy boasts a prized ensemble but lacks bite.
January 27, 2012
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.