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Darling Companion

Romance . Drama . Comedy

The story of a woman who loves her dog more than her husband. And then her husband loses the dog.

Actors: Sam Shepard , Kevin Kline , Diane Keaton , Richard Jenkins , Dianne Wiest , Elisabeth Moss , Mark Duplass , Ayelet Zurer , Jay Ali
Directors: Lawrence Kasdan
Country: USA
Release: 2012-05-24
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  • Connie Ogle

    You don't have to love dogs to enjoy Darling Companion, but it couldn't hurt.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    A pleasant little dawdle and yet another example, in these dog days for cinema, that dogs are a movie's best friend.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    Darling Companion would be instantly forgettable if not for Keaton, who imbues Beth with a sorrow, warmth, wisdom, and rage that feel earned.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    It's fun to watch Keaton and Kline together, bickering and (of course) bonding all over again.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Dog lovers will instantly warm to the handsome stray collie mix, but they may struggle to fully embrace the amiable but toothless adult story surrounding him.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    Some summer movies are big, woofing mastiffs. (Think "Battleship.") Others are naughty, nipping lapdogs. ("The Dictator.") Here, what we get is a calm, quiet basset hound. And, for the most part, it's a good dog.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Marjorie Baumgarten

    This new movie is a trifle, a listless excursion into the luxurious problems of rich, white people.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    Dogs and the women who love them form the warm and gooey center of Darling Companion, Lawrence Kasdan's fitfully amusing comedy-drama.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Nathan Rabin

    The tone is mild, the setting is peaceful to the point of sleepiness, and the stakes are incredibly low, even with the heart-tugging central presence of an adorable animal in danger.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    While it's not a disaster like Kasdan's last film, "Dreamcatcher'' (2003), Darling Companion doesn't amount to much more than a fairly painless way for the AARP set to spend an hour and a half watching a movie with stars their own age.

    New York Post Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    If you found "Benji the Hunted" unbearably intense or "Marley & Me" a bit too hard-edged, then Darling Companion may be the dog movie for you. On the other hand, if you like to watch cute pooches doing cute stuff on screen, you may be a little disappointed.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Mary Pols

    It has a gentle if unenlightening message, namely that we should all take time off to reconnect - the soundtrack tends to the Bonnie Raitt but the movie seems to subliminally hum "slow down, you move too fast" - and Keaton and Kline have decent chemistry.

    Time Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    There's too much people and not enough dog in Lawrence Kasdan's Darling Companion, and even if you prefer people to dogs, that's a serious problem.

    Movieline Full Review
  • Rex Reed

    The movie is not about the dog. It's about the people who find love, settle their differences, and get their priorities straight while searching for him. Still, when all is said and done, the dog is the only thing you care about in Darling Companion.

    New York Observer Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    If you can stay awake, you'll see a performance by ­Keaton that is radiant in its simplicity, all ditheriness shaken off. She's still ­peaking - ­someone give her a great role.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Michael Rechtshaffen

    While superbly acted, the dramedy plays out like a tepid "Big Chill" at best.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Lael Loewenstein

    It meanders about as much as its eponymous pooch.

    Variety Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    Lawrence Kasdan's comedy strikes a note of rib-nudging blah coyness that feels very 1987.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Marc Mohan

    The whole thing has the feel of a fact-based dinner-table anecdote absurdly puffed up to feature length.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    Like Freeway, the lovable stray dog at the center of this very teary comedy, Darling Companion has lost its way. Even the marquee ensemble anchored by Diane Keaton, Dianne Wiest, Kevin Kline and Richard Jenkins is not enough to rescue this motley mutt of a movie.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    The doggie in Darling Companion is a big, warm bundle of puppy love; his owners are lost forever in a big chill. Full Review
  • Melissa Anderson

    The handsome pooch is also the only appealing aspect of the latest tale of privileged boomer pulse-taking from Lawrence Kasdan.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Keith Uhlich

    The story's treacly all-souls-in-alignment outcome is never in doubt, but as Kasdan dogs go, this is light-years better than Dreamcatcher.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    The film's filled with inconsequential scenes and supporting characters who add useless atmosphere or by-the-book diversity.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Rick Groen

    The film sputters and stalls and winds up behaving like the worst sort of oldster – passing gas and pretending to be deep.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    Jenkins is a fantastically adaptable talent. It helps that his character here is supposed to be innately likable (by everyone, evidently, but his girlfriend's family), since Jenkins is so likable as an actor. Good thing, because there is little else to like about Darling Companion.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • J.R. Jones

    Initially this struck me as something you'd take your grandmother to see, but by the end it seemed more like something your grandmother would take her grandmother to see.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Ella Taylor

    The movie uses the mutt's disappearance as a frame on which to hang a well-worn package of fatally mild domestic disorder, then resolve it in what feels like real time. Let's just say that the dog gets the best lines.

    NPR Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    It is depressing to reflect on the wealth of talent that conspired to make this inert and listless movie.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    The folksy shenanigans are well-intentioned but frankly interminable, with Kline's wry efficiency the best relief from all the yowling and whining.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Nick Schager

    A lost-dog drama so insufferable it makes one wish its human characters would also run off and never return.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
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