How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog (Mad Dogs & Englishmen)
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How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog (Mad Dogs & Englishmen)
Somewhere in L.A., Peter (Kenneth Branagh), a washed-up British playwright, struggles to duplicate his past glory as he surfs a foul-smelling tide of disenchantment. His wife, Melanie (Robin Wright Penn), manages to maintain an optimistic outlook even as she longs for the baby that her husband is hesitant to help her conceive. When Peter befriends Amy (Suzi Hofrichter), a neighborhood girl who has mild cerebral palsy, their friendship softens him to the idea of fatherhood and propels Melanie's maternal yearnings into hyperdrive. As if baby fever weren't enough, Peter is plagued by a… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 59%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Has an unusually high ratio of laughs per minute."
‑ Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter
"... comes alive only when it switches gears to the sentimental."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"This is an agreeable but hardly challenging film, a movie perfect for a night by the fire when you want to curl up and relax."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"...a good film that must have baffled the folks in the marketing department."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"A succinct effort to explore how our relationships force us to re-evaluate what we want out of life at the most inopportune and unexpected of times."
‑ Janet Branagan, Apollo Guide
"Falsehoods pile up, undermining the movie's reality and stifling its creator's comic voice."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Audiences conditioned to getting weepy over saucer-eyed, downy-cheeked moppets and their empathetic caretakers will probably feel emotionally cheated by the film's tart, sugar-free wit."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"A minor film that's no more than a trifle with some comic touches"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Kalesniko manages to keep all this stuff entertainingly cynical and doesn't let the ever-present sentimental goop overcome his story."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"A film that will likely not "wow" anyone over...but entertaining from a character point of view"
‑ JoBlo, JoBlo's Movie Emporium
"Kenneth Branagh's energetic sweet-and-sour performance as a curmudgeonly British playwright grounds this overstuffed, erratic dramedy in which he and his improbably forbearing wife contend with craziness and child-rearing in Los Angeles."
‑ Gene Seymour, Newsday
"A wordy wisp of a comedy."
‑ Megan Turner, New York Post
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"An offbeat, nimble and surprisingly winning little 'life comedy' [that] captures with entertaining aplomb the spry whimsy of a writer's brain in action."
‑ Brent Simon, Entertainment Today
"Run, don't walk, to see this barbed and bracing comedy on the big screen."
‑ Joe Leydon, San Francisco Examiner