Year of the Dog Reviews

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August 27, 2009
Amid fearsome cataracts of disdain, Shannon somehow survives
March 3, 2008
Director Mike White is really good at creating an uneasy feeling in a normal setting. But the question remains, do you want him to?
October 14, 2007
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October 6, 2007
Despite director Mike White's ability to make the heartfelt moments count, the film never makes the grade. The title prompts great expectations for animal lovers; the result is a bit like a doggie bag with a taste of everything, but not enough of anything
September 6, 2007
Movies need not always be uplifting. Comedies don't always have to be happy. That said Mike White's Year of the Dog is downright depressing without revealing much of the human condition it strives to.
August 31, 2007
Loses its way, as if uncertain how to point out its moral and make us laugh at the same time.
August 31, 2007
Oddball comedy about a lonely, dog-loving secretary, Peggy (played, with unsettling intensity, by Molly Shannon).
August 31, 2007
Shannon, a born comic sidekick, cannot carry the central role; disappointingly, the story sputters out into a sentimental finale.
August 31, 2007
A bit of a dog's brunch.
August 31, 2007
White also appears to have lost his grip, taking wild stabs at comedy and tragedy and ending up with something that's fractured and fluffy, and definitely not as cute as it thinks it is.
May 22, 2007
This is one of the most confounding films I've ever seen.
May 18, 2007
The characters in Year of the Dog are far more interesting than the events they take part in. And the setup is better than the payoff.
May 15, 2007
White, who shows promise as a director willing to steer us in unexpected directions, holds the comic moments on a pretty tight leash.
May 4, 2007
Shannon is fearless in depicting Peggy's emotional breakdown, but White can't seem to decide whether he's laughing at her or with her.
May 2, 2007
If you took everything I dislike about indie filmmaking, packed it all into one tube, and gave it a good squeeze, something like Year of the Dog would shoot out.
April 30, 2007
The film is simply too inconsistent in its writing and inadequate in its playing to click with an audience, or even to click with itself.
April 29, 2007
Clearly out of the ordinary. Then again, elephantiasis of the testicles is also out of the ordinary, and I wouldn't wish that on anyone, either.
April 27, 2007
Year of the Dog is lucky to have a pack of dogs running through the film. They provide the only warmth and energy to be found.
April 27, 2007
Sometimes you pan a deadpan comedy because it's effectively dead.
April 27, 2007
There are those who believe empathy is the quality that separates man from beast, but what does it say that White directs his compassion exclusively toward animals?
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