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I mean no impertinence when I say that as a portrait of love and grief, writer-director Mike White's exceptional film Year of the Dog deserves the same admiration accorded Joan Didion's exceptional memoir "The Year of Magical Thinking." Read full review
Until Year of the Dog, I've never seen a movie where someone obsessed over a puppy. Read full review
It may sound as if first-time director White is having his fun at the expense of introverted, asocial people who prefer the company of cats and dogs and gravitate toward animal-rights activism because the very idea of dealing with human problems requires an empathy they can't muster. But empathy is exactly what makes the film work. Read full review
While some may be put off by Peggy's wild-eyed mania, and the film's broadly comic tone, Shannon makes this lost spirit strikingly sympathetic. Read full review
One of those quirky little movies that you marvel ever got made. Read full review
An engaging tragicomedy, exploring the consequences of single-minded fervor in a humorous and humane fashion. Read full review
In Year of the Dog, there are dark moments that are both strangely poignant and bizarrely hilarious. The ending took me by surprise. In a way it's a cheat, a redemption that arrives out of nowhere. But it's also a cosmic joke, a perfectly funny, sincere salute to dog and pet-lovers everywhere. Read full review
Overall, Year of the Dog evinces an appealing sentimentality without being maudlin or only puppy-dog cute. Read full review
Shannon is flawless. Read full review
Shannon gives the movie its inner life. Maybe the movie will give her back her comedy career. Read full review
weird. Go see it!
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