The Dogwalker
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Written and directed by Jacques Thelemaque, The Dogwalker follows the lives of two very different women who find themselves in equally dire positions. When Ellie (Diane Gaidry) finally leaves her violent boyfriend, she takes the first flight out of her home in Buffalo, New York, and ends up in Los Angeles, where she's promptly robbed of all her possessions and reduced to living on the streets. After a failed attempt at prostitution, Ellie wakes up in a public park and meets Betsy (Pamela Gordon), an older, professional dogwalker with a rather abrupt personality. Eventually, Ellie learns… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Gaidry has no real character to play and brings little of her own spark to a desultory character study."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"Rather than being self-indulgent or pretentious, however, the film comes up with many believable details and changes in direction that enrich the bittersweet central relationship of the two leads."
‑ David Hunter, Hollywood Reporter
"Modest but compelling tale of a victimized woman looking for a life free of pain and abuse."
‑ Bruce Feld, Film Journal International
"With a story inspired by the tumultuous surroundings of Los Angeles, where feelings of marginalization loom for every dreamer with a burst bubble, The Dogwalker has a few characters and ideas, but it never manages to put them on the same path."
‑ Brent Simon, Entertainment Today
"Though Thelemaque's creation is not exactly an undiscovered gem, it boasts a gritty realism that makes you want him to finish more movies."
‑ Michael Booth, Denver Post
"The sort of movie that you'd see on Lifetime if that channel actually respected its viewers' taste and intelligence."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, L.A. Weekly
"The Dogwalker boasts a scruffy underdog charm, but sometimes that just isn't enough."
‑ Nathan Rabin, AV Club
"Overall story arc is fairly predictable, and deliberate pacing sometimes risks dullness."
‑ Dennis Harvey, Variety
"A lugubrious and airless affair."
‑ Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
"Broken Bridges is wrapped tight in the cloak of good intentions, soft-pedaling tired tripe about redemption, reconciliation, and finding solace in the bottle."
‑ Preston Jones, Slant Magazine
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