My Life as a Dog (Mitt Liv som Hund)
My Life as a Dog (Mitt Liv som Hund) (1987)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: May 1, 1987
DVD Release Date: February 23, 1999
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Consensus: A coming-of-age story with uncommon depth and sensitivity, My Life as a Dog is sweet, sincere, and utterly charming.

Michael Booth
Denver Post

A series of emotionally wrenching moments that made My Life as a Dog a transatlantic hit when it arrived in 1985.

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Sarah Boslaugh

My Life as a Dog succeeds on an intimate, human scale that is entirely appropriate for a story covering about a year in the life of a pretty ordinary boy in a pretty ordinary place.

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Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online

One of the greatest and most sensitive films about children and the turbulence of childhood...

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

A lot of the movie is routine coming-of-age stuff.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Good coming-of-age movie for older kids.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

A good-natured coming-of-age pic from Sweden captured the hearts of many.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Well-constructed crowd-pleaser.

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Urban Cinefile

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

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Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Touching, funny story of childhood in Sweden.

Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
Cast off by his ailing mother, a boy comes of age. Reminiscent of the masterful <i>400 Blows</i>, this Swedish coming-of-age drama is remarkably… More
Cynthia S.
A touching portrayal of a young boys personal grief, and understanding of loss and change in his life. Through his personal transformation he finds a certain… More
Pierluigi Puccini
Childhood is the happiest time of our lives simply because we still ignore what is wrong with the world and the people living in it. This film shows the moment… More
Randy Tippy
After his mother becomes seriously ill, young Ingemar is sent to live with his eccentric uncle in a distant but exceptionally warm-hearted community of… More
Well, you definitely don't see these types of films coming out of American filmmakers, probably because in America, you couldn't likely get away with… More
Leigh Ryan