Darling Companion Synopsis
A neglected wife (Diane Keaton) fills the void in her life by adopting a stray dog.
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Miami Herald

By Connie Ogle
You don't have to love dogs to enjoy Darling Companion, but it couldn't hurt.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
It's fun to watch Keaton and Kline together, bickering and (of course) bonding all over again.
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63

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Darling Companion would be instantly forgettable if not for Keaton, who imbues Beth with a sorrow, warmth, wisdom, and rage that feel...
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63

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Dog lovers will instantly warm to the handsome stray collie mix, but they may struggle to fully embrace the amiable but toothless adult...
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50

Movieline

By Stephanie Zacharek
There's too much people and not enough dog in Lawrence Kasdan's Darling Companion, and even if you prefer people to dogs, that's a serious...
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50

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
While it's not a disaster like Kasdan's last film, "Dreamcatcher'' (2003), Darling Companion doesn't amount to much more than a fairly...
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50

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Lawrence Kasdan's comedy strikes a note of rib-nudging blah coyness that feels very 1987.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
While superbly acted, the dramedy plays out like a tepid "Big Chill" at best.
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30

NPR

By Ella Taylor
The movie uses the mutt's disappearance as a frame on which to hang a well-worn package of fatally mild domestic disorder, then resolve it...
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20

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
The folksy shenanigans are well-intentioned but frankly interminable, with Kline's wry efficiency the best relief from all the yowling and...
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Worst Movie I've ever Seen

By popcorneater79
I guess when I walked into the theater and no one was there I should have taken it as a hint. The worst part was I almost felt obligated to stay through the whole thing since I was the only one...

A Darling of a Film

By blackcapmom
To really "get" this film, I think you or your spouse need to be over 50. Perhaps that was what was wrong with some of the professional reviewers because this is a very, very sweet, funny, honest...

Just OK

By gmarcus1
Despite the fact that this movie has a great cast (Diane Keaton, Kevin Kline, Diane Wiest), it was not the best vehicle for any of them. There are a few laughs (Diane Keaton is always funny), and...

Better Movie Than I Expected!

By Nosofsky
Most times trailers are much better than the movie In this case the trailers didn't do the movie justice Great chemistry between the cast And the story was much better than I expected Overall...

Misses

By ethayerb
Great cast. Interesting but tired premise. Poor script. Kevin Kline tried but role did not suit him. Love to watch Ms. Keaton; she is delightful. Exciting Israeli actress. Cant' recommend it....

Darling Companion

By judy_berkowitz
Adult movie about the important things in life and making compromises in a relationship to please each other....

A nice movie about relationships and a dog

By buffetfan1102
This movie is about relationships, family and a dog. More about people's relationships with each other. The dog has a small role in the movie. Hardly see it. But it brings people together. ...

LOVED IT.

By houndduet
Less about the dog than about the interpersonal relationships, gave it a solid B+!...

Really Good Movie

By Compqueen528
I loved this movie. I'm a dog person, that probably is part of it. But the dog isn't in it much. It's more about relationships and people interacting. I've also been a Lawrence Kasdan fan since "The...

Darling Companion

By ahyams
a real feel good movie, wonderful acting, great scenery and the score is pretty goood also! A dfinite must see....

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Rated PG-13 | For some sexual content including references, and language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 14+ Prickly couple loses dog, rediscovers love in ho-hum drama.
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