Dean Spanley (My Talks with Dean Spanley) Reviews

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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.
October 10, 2008
A dull and thoroughly stilly British drama based on the idea of canine reincarnation.
September 10, 2008
It's a talky, narrowly focused piece that feels like an after-dinner anecdote presented with the full ceremony of a formal meal.
August 23, 2018
Yes, this is a thin tale overstretched, a snack straining to be dinner, but this isn't to say it doesn't have its joys, because it does... It's ultimate doggyness is a joy.
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.
March 20, 2009
A delightful period piece about reincarnation, friendship and dogs with a wonderful collection of performances from its four main characters.
March 6, 2009
I loved it.
March 6, 2009
Truly original and very moving, with a hypnotic and elliptical quality all its own.
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.
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.
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