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How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog Reviews

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Christopher Null
December 5, 2001
Mildly amusing.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Gene Seymour
February 22, 2002
Kenneth Branagh's energetic sweet-and-sour performance as a curmudgeonly British playwright grounds this overstuffed, erratic dramedy in which he and his improbably forbearing wife contend with craziness and child-rearing in Los Angeles.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
March 1, 2002
Falsehoods pile up, undermining the movie's reality and stifling its creator's comic voice.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Harvey S. Karten
February 21, 2002
Disjointed parody.
Full Review| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Megan Turner
New York Post
February 22, 2002
A wordy wisp of a comedy.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
Shlomo Schwartzberg
Boxoffice Magazine
January 10, 2002
It's a trifle of a movie, with a few laughs surrounding an unremarkable soft center.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Justine Elias
Village Voice
February 19, 2002
As crimes go, writer-director Michael Kalesniko's How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog is slight but unendurable.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
February 21, 2002
It seems to have been more fun for Branagh to play than it is for us to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Daily News
February 22, 2002
... has its moments, but ultimately, its curmudgeon doesn't quite make the cut of being placed on any list of favorites.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
Andy Klein
New Times
February 22, 2002
This toothless Dog, already on cable, loses all bite on the big screen.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
February 22, 2002
... comes alive only when it switches gears to the sentimental.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Emanuel Levy
July 3, 2005
A minor film that's no more than a trifle with some comic touches
Read More | Original Score: 2/5

E! Online
February 22, 2002
Despite the top-quality talent and some occasionally witty shots on the vanity of Hollywood, this Dog simply isn't best in show.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Noah Davis
October 4, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
December 31, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
February 27, 2004
Has an unusually high ratio of laughs per minute.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
November 22, 2002
Kalesniko manages to keep all this stuff entertainingly cynical and doesn't let the ever-present sentimental goop overcome his story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
October 14, 2002
An offbeat, nimble and surprisingly winning little 'life comedy' [that] captures with entertaining aplomb the spry whimsy of a writer's brain in action.
Full Review | Original Score: B
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
February 22, 2002
Mordantly funny and intimately knowing ...
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
February 24, 2002
A surprising drama about the emptiness of cynicism when stacked up against the bounties of compassion.
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