Dean Spanley (My Talks with Dean Spanley)
Dean Spanley (My Talks with Dean Spanley) (2008)

Multiple Oscar nominee Peter O'Toole adds yet another offbeat role to his long resume with the mystical comedy-drama Dean Spanley. Adapted from Lord Dunsany's popular novella My Talks with Dean Spanley and helmed by Toa Fraser, the… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: September 6, 2008
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Rotten Tomatoes™
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85%
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79%



Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Offbeat, whimsical, period-set shaggy dog story with daffy performances from Sam Neill and Peter O'Toole.

Wally Hammond
Time Out

This nicely acted drama, in quietly intimating the quirky familial relations and peculiar fascinations of the era - not least with the transmigration of souls, mysticism and the supernatural - delivers a highly pleasurable if modest experience.

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Mike Edwards
What Culture

A witty and watchable period drama, but in danger of being remembered more for its service to O'Toole than for the impression it leaves on audiences.

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Mark Demetrius
FILMINK (Australia)

Truly original and very moving, with a hypnotic and elliptical quality all its own.

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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter

A dull and thoroughly stilly British drama based on the idea of canine reincarnation.

Simon Weaving
Screenwize

A delightful period piece about reincarnation, friendship and dogs with a wonderful collection of performances from its four main characters.

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Philippa Hawker
The Age (Australia)

Fraser and Sharp have structured the film, and the cast interpret it, so that comedy and poignancy are intertwined to the last; even as all is revealed, a sense of wonder remains.

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Dennis Harvey
Variety

It's a talky, narrowly focused piece that feels like an after-dinner anecdote presented with the full ceremony of a formal meal.

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Julie Rigg
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

I loved it.

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Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)

This whimsical tale, based on a short story by Lord Dunsany, has moving undercurrents of loss and grief and in underplaying his role, Peter O'Toole brings a beautiful sense of reconciliation to his character.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Anthony Lawrie
Perseverance is key with Dean Spanley as it does start off a little slow and you start to wonder where it is all leading if anywhere. The great performance from… More
Lesley N
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Film Crazy
i did really want to love this movie but i can only say i liked this movie! I tried watchng it 3 times and i still didnt get to the end as it really is my… More
John Ballantine
Peter O'Toole adds to his legacy by boring us to death in Dean Spanley