Year of the Dog
Year of the Dog (2007)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: April 13, 2007
DVD Release Date: August 28, 2007
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Critic Score: 69% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Year of the Dog is a warm and quirky comedy that never condescends to its eccentric characters.

David Jenkins
Time Out

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.

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Peter Debruge
Miami Herald

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?

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Fernando F. Croce

Amid fearsome cataracts of disdain, Shannon somehow survives

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Dana Stevens

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.

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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle

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.

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Heather Huntington

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.

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

White's humanist account of a woman more comfortable with animals than people is another intricately crosshatched sketch in his gallery of outsiders.

Tom Long
Detroit News

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.

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Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review

Director Mike White is really good at creating an uneasy feeling in a normal setting. But the question remains, do you want him to?

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Luke Baldock
Middle-aged Molly Shannon is distraught after the death of her dog. She tries to fill the void with dating, but eventually it all comes back to her connecting… More
Edward Boxler
Year of the Dog, or what could also be called, The Life and TImes of an Animal Activist, focuses on Peggy, played with quirky yet lovable sentiment by Molly… More
paul sandberg
I found this script to be ofttimes juvinile and the charactors, although intended as such, written in extremely broad strokes. For a "comedy", even a… More
Red Lats
This movie sucks. For Peggy, it seems dogs provide the love and attention she needs. But when tragedy strikes, Peggy goes a little crazy. But, I just… More
Nicki Marie
I was a bit mixed on how I felt about this one and what type of movie it is actually meant to be - I'm pretty sure it is a black comedy, although it's… More