Mitt Liv som Hund (My Life as a Dog)
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Mitt Liv som Hund (My Life as a Dog)
In 1959 Sweden, young Ingemar (Anton Glanzelius) lives with his dying mother and his nasty older brother. He survives all of life's knocks by comparing himself to those who are worse off--such as Laika, the little Russian space dog who was rocketed to his death and had nothing to say in the matter. Ingemar begins to identify with Laika more and more as his mother's health deteriorates, at times dropping to all fours and baying at the moon. When his mother is advised to get some peace and quiet away from her children, Ingemar is sent to live with his loveable uncle and aunt. For the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A series of emotionally wrenching moments that made My Life as a Dog a transatlantic hit when it arrived in 1985."
‑ Michael Booth, Denver Post
"Good coming-of-age movie for older kids."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"A good-natured coming-of-age pic from Sweden captured the hearts of many."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Hallström acknowledges that the film is his best work, the one he compares all his other films to."
‑ Marcy Dermansky,
"By the end of the movie, you care enough about the characters to want a sequel, even though life probably goes on predictably for them in Smaland."
‑ David Bezanson,
"A lot of the movie is routine coming-of-age stuff."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"The frequent collision of comedy and drama is breathtakingly real, and Anton Glanzelius is terrific as Ingemar, a smart 12 year old with a philosophical bent"
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Touching, funny story of childhood in Sweden."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"Ingemar, as the other children in the film, is depicted with a noticeable respect and maturity."
‑ Rumsey Taylor, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"A tad overrated, but still charming."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
"Well-constructed crowd-pleaser."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"One of the greatest and most sensitive films about children and the turbulence of childhood..."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Turner Classic Movies Online
"The gentlest direction that director Lasse Halstrom has ever demonstrated."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"This bittersweet Swedish film captures childhood as good as any ever made."
‑ Mark Robison, Reno Gazette-Journal
"Wonderful Swedish film set in the 1950s showing how a 12-year-old boy learns to cope creatively with substantial losses in his life."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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