How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog
How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog (2002)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: February 1, 2002
DVD Release Date: September 2, 2003
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Critic Score: 58% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter

Has an unusually high ratio of laughs per minute.

Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

... comes alive only when it switches gears to the sentimental.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Fails to overcome its vapid drama.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

Falsehoods pile up, undermining the movie's reality and stifling its creator's comic voice.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

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.

Jason Gorber
Film Scouts

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.

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Gene Seymour

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.

Megan Turner
New York Post

A wordy wisp of a comedy.

Emanuel Levy

A minor film that's no more than a trifle with some comic touches

Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
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[font=Century Gothic]"How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog" is about playwright, Peter Magowan(Kenneth Branagh), who used to be an enfant terrible of… More