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Darling Companion
Beth (Diane Keaton) saves a bedraggled lost dog from the side of the freeway on a wintry day in Denver. Struggling with her distracted, self-involved husband Joseph (Kevin Kline) and an empty nest at home, Beth forms a special bond with the rescued animal. When Joseph loses the dog after their daughter's (Elisabeth Moss) wedding at their vacation home in the Rockies, Beth, distraught and angry with Joseph, enlists the help of the few remaining guests (Dianne Wiest, Richard Jenkins, Mark Duplass) and a mysterious woman (Ayelet Zurer) in a frantic search. -- (C) Sony Classics

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 22%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Between the gypsy psychic and the distracting characters, "Darling Companion" loses its way."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"It's fun to watch Keaton and Kline together, bickering and (of course) bonding all over again."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"a paean to "First World Problems""
‑ James Luxford, The National
"A couple adopt a dog. Then they lose the dog. Then they try to find the dog. Do they end up finding the dog? Egads, don't let me spoil every twist and turn in this movie!"
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"It's being billed as an adult drama, but beware: Darling Companion is a ponderous film with very little charm and a snail's pace."
‑ Eric Melin, Scene-Stealers.com
"[It] has a fine cast, but doesn't seem to have much to say other than lamenting the unfairness of getting old."
‑ Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"If good intentions were everything, this benevolent film would be Best in Show. Alas, it's flawed by a drowsy pace (there is far too much hiking) and superfluous, ill-conceived characters."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"A complacent uncomplicated family drama with simple yet endearing sensitivities."
‑ John Hanlon, Big Hollywood
"Featuring beautiful cinematography that captures the natural beauty of the Rockies and a superlative cast, Lawrence and Meg Kasdan's "Darling Companion" is a darling of a film."
‑ Justin Craig, FoxNews.com
"This is a movie that all but licks your face and begs you to like it, and you'll find yourself wanting to oblige. But it's just too structured and seems overly concerned with conveying a sense of real time . . ."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"It's far from a great movie - an overwritten, underplotted vanity project that's a distant echo of what director Lawrence Kasdan could do in his prime. But it has Diane Keaton, and that's enough."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"The movie takes a simple if shattering occurrence and uses it as a way to bring a family together, an old trick but one well played by director Lawrence Kasdan and his wife and screenwriting partner Meg."
‑ Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
"No doubt this yarn enthralled Larry and Meg Kasdan's dinner guests, but onscreen the crisis seems dull and inconsequential, in part because the quest for the dog is essentially a MacGuffin that drives the blah 'real' story about marital reconciliation."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"I enjoyed Lawrence Kasdan's Darling Companion on several levels, even as I realized that it's not - by any standard criteria - a terribly good movie."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"How did Kasdan get these people to show up? Did they not see the script? One can only hope that, in the future, the filmmaker's powers won't be limited to those of persuasion."
‑ Rick Kisonak, Film Threat
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