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Dean Spanley (My Talks with Dean Spanley) Reviews

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Mike Edwards
What Culture
March 24, 2011
A witty and watchable period drama, but in danger of being remembered more for its service to O'Toole than for the impression it leaves on audiences.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Simon Weaving
Screenwize
March 20, 2009
A delightful period piece about reincarnation, friendship and dogs with a wonderful collection of performances from its four main characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Julie Rigg
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
March 6, 2009
I loved it.
Mark Demetrius
FILMINK (Australia)
March 6, 2009
Truly original and very moving, with a hypnotic and elliptical quality all its own.
Philippa Hawker
The Age (Australia)
March 6, 2009
Fraser and Sharp have structured the film, and the cast interpret it, so that comedy and poignancy are intertwined to the last; even as all is revealed, a sense of wonder remains.
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
March 6, 2009
This whimsical tale, based on a short story by Lord Dunsany, has moving undercurrents of loss and grief and in underplaying his role, Peter O'Toole brings a beautiful sense of reconciliation to his character.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
February 27, 2009
Toa Fraser's sensitive direction of this deceptively challenging and surprisingly satisfying film, keeps the tone perfectly balanced in the manner of perhaps an eccentric English tale with dashes of humour and pathos
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
February 27, 2009
A wondrous story about cats and dogs, fathers and sons and the elusive bottle of Hungarian Imperial Tokay that brings them all together, Dean Spanley is a rather special
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
December 12, 2008
The word offbeat doesnt quite cover it and its a touchslow to begin with but, really, if you dont fancy having your soul crushed byKeanu and co, do check this one out. Funny, warm and sensitive,its got gem written all over it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Anna Smith
Empire Magazine
December 12, 2008
Wilfully whimsical and determinedly eccentric, this faintly bonkers period tale won't be for everyone. But if you fall for Dean Spanley, you'll fall hard.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
December 12, 2008
This nicely acted drama, in quietly intimating the quirky familial relations and peculiar fascinations of the era - not least with the transmigration of souls, mysticism and the supernatural - delivers a highly pleasurable if modest experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
December 12, 2008
A charming, unique film, well crafted and boasting some great performances, notably from the spry Peter O'Toole.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Christopher
Times (UK)
December 12, 2008
I can't see too many children taking advantage of the U certificate. The measured performances look stiff and theatrical. A stifling fable with the rhythm of a grandfather clock.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
December 12, 2008
This is a charming and eccentric little family comedy for the older generation. It's like a Werther's Original sweet that's for grandpa only.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Robey
Daily Mail (UK)
December 12, 2008
Dean Spanley, adapted from a shaggy-dog tale by Lord Dunsany, is a decidedly odd business, a rummage in mothballed obscurantism for its own sake.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies
December 12, 2008
While Neill gives a masterclass in subtle eccentricity and Northam and Brown happily play second string, the theatricals are wisely left to legendary virtuoso O'Toole.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Andy Lowe
Total Film
December 12, 2008
A redemptive arc leashes the threads together, hinged on insights into familial repression that are a tad too costumedrama-stifled for their own good.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail (UK)
December 12, 2008
I don't know of any film quite like Dean Spanley, and I mean that as a compliment. It will stay with me long after 99 per cent of this year's films have been forgotten.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

The Sun (UK)
December 12, 2008
Fisk's cantankerous father, played with biting wit by Peter O'Toole, is sceptical about reincarnation. Many will be tempted to agree with him, but for The Sneak this is a wonderful shaggy dog story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
December 12, 2008
In Dean Spanley Peter O'Toole, luminous of eye and loopy of intonation, acts as if he should be locked up. You have to admire the cut of his lunacy. He brings what little style there is to this winsome tale adapted from Lord Dunsany.
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