The Dogwalker
The Dogwalker (2002)

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… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: June 1, 2002
DVD Release Date: July 1, 2007
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club

The Dogwalker boasts a scruffy underdog charm, but sometimes that just isn't enough.

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Dennis Harvey

Overall story arc is fairly predictable, and deliberate pacing sometimes risks dullness.

Bruce Feld
Film Journal International

Modest but compelling tale of a victimized woman looking for a life free of pain and abuse.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

Gaidry has no real character to play and brings little of her own spark to a desultory character study.

David Hunter
Hollywood Reporter

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.

Preston Jones
Slant Magazine

Broken Bridges is wrapped tight in the cloak of good intentions, soft-pedaling tired tripe about redemption, reconciliation, and finding solace in the bottle.

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Michael Booth
Denver Post

Though Thelemaque's creation is not exactly an undiscovered gem, it boasts a gritty realism that makes you want him to finish more movies.

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Luke Y. Thompson
L.A. Weekly

The sort of movie that you'd see on Lifetime if that channel actually respected its viewers' taste and intelligence.

Brent Simon
Entertainment Today

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.

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