My Dog Skip
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The year is 1942. As the Allies unite overseas to keep the world safe for democracy, there are voices at home that are barely heard. One of them belongs to Willie Morris, a shy and gawky eight-year-old whose childhood is even more quiet and isolated than his home town of Yazoo, Mississippi. An only child, ignored at school and uncomfortable with girls, Willie looks up to and confides in next-door neighbor Dink Jenkins, the town's star athlete, who's preparing to ship out in the service of Uncle Sam. Willie's father, Jack Morris, a stern but good-hearted veteran who lost his leg in… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"In its own quiet, poignant, character-driven way, it's a movie for almost anyone of any age who's hungry for a beguiling 95 minutes."
‑ Bruce McCabe, Boston Globe
"Good dog. Good dog movie."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"...a gem of a movie for children and adults, despite its clichés."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Features two irresistible lead characters -- and you can't always say that about a movie."
‑ Judith Egerton, Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
"An affectionate and tender family film..."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The formula may be an old one, but it's still a good one."
‑ Sean Means,
"Worst of all, the Jack Russell playing Skip is allowed to mug à la Frasier's Eddie instead of behaving like an actual canine."
‑ Ty Burr, Entertainment Weekly
"Great boy-and-dog tale, but be prepared for tears."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"So riddled with live-action Disney movie clichés that I kept waiting for Cruella de Ville to show up and threaten to skin the dog alive."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"While this family film often follows the traditional mechanics of its genre, the emotions it elicits feel far from manufactured."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"From the very first words you hear in My Dog Skip, you know you have hit a rare, precious breed of movie, one that honors and rejoices in the language."
‑ Susan Stark, Detroit News
"I had shelved a movie critic's usual reserve and just started identifying with Willie and Skip."
‑ Roger Ebert, At the Movies
"Not a mawkish dying-dog tearjerker, "My Dog Skip" carries a touch of Mark Twain, with quasi-dangerous tall tales and awareness of a gap between childhood and boyhood. Plus, as it's said of "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," there's cussin' in it."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"A heart-affecting boy-with-a-dog drama."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Skip may not change your life, but if you want a movie you can take your kids to without any trace of off-color jokes, sex, or violence, this is one."
‑ Brian Frank, Citysearch
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