Year of the Dog
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An unremarkable administrative assistant finds her life going to the dogs both literally and figuratively in actor/screenwriter-turned-director Mike White's dark comedy drama. An inexplicably cheerful office worker whose somewhat sad excuse for a life seems to revolve around her pet beagle Pencil, Peggy (Molly Shannon) seems to relate better to her four-legged friend than she does to most humans. Most of her person-to-person interaction revolves around doting on other people's children and treating her co-workers to daily donuts, and Peggy just doesn't find much solace in the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 69%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Though the film falters in terms of its lack of a streamlined narrative, there is no denying that it is packed to the rafters with meaty ideas and characters who are charged with a satisfying moral ambivalence."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"There are those who believe empathy is the quality that separates man from beast, but what does it say that White directs his compassion exclusively toward animals?"
‑ Peter Debruge, Miami Herald
"Amid fearsome cataracts of disdain, Shannon somehow survives"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"SNL alum shines as grieving, lonely animal lover."
‑ Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
"What may catch audiences unawares is how unexpectedly life-affirming this little film about pet death is."
‑ Wendy Ide, Times [UK]
"Year of the Dog asks how far we should be willing to go for the love of animals, and for that matter, for love itself."
‑ Dana Stevens, Slate
"Much is said in little moments: The entire cast offers jots of humor and insight, from Reilly and Sarsgaard to Laura Dern as a spiny sister-in-law and Regina King as Layla, a vehemently supportive friend."
‑ Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle
"Shannon seems like quite an unorthodox choice for such a subdued, minimalistic character, but White actually wrote the part for her and she does him proud."
‑ Heather Huntington,
"poly syntoma hanei to stoho toy kai to neronei me synaisthimatikizoyses katastaseis kai pepatimenes koinonikes eyaisthisies, arhizontas toys kykloys gyro ap' ta idia kai ta idia, alla toylahiston ehei merika haritomena kadrarismata kai tin Molly Shannon m"
‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
"The trailer suggests a cheery comedy but brace yourself for some darkness in this shaggy dog story."
‑ Helen OHara, Empire Magazine
"White's humanist account of a woman more comfortable with animals than people is another intricately crosshatched sketch in his gallery of outsiders."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Year of the Dog is a feel-good, feel-bad movie about personal choice in the face of an overwhelming world. It brings more than you expect and leaves you wondering. How extraordinarily brave."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Director Mike White is really good at creating an uneasy feeling in a normal setting. But the question remains, do you want him to?"
‑ Jeff Bayer, The Scorecard Review
"Despite director Mike White's ability to make the heartfelt moments count, the film never makes the grade. The title prompts great expectations for animal lovers; the result is a bit like a doggie bag with a taste of everything, but not enough of anything"
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Movies need not always be uplifting. Comedies don't always have to be happy. That said Mike White's Year of the Dog is downright depressing without revealing much of the human condition it strives to."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Movie Views
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