'Darling Companion' Critic Reviews

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  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    42
    Lawrence Kasdan's comedy strikes a note of rib-nudging blah coyness that feels very 1987.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • A.O. Scott New York Times (Top Critic)
    30
    How much more fulfilling it would have been to spend those hundred-odd minutes chasing a squirrel, taking a nap or disemboweling a stuffed animal on the living room rug.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    63
    Joseph's cynicism and wit are communicated with the spot-on casting of Kline, and Keaton ably conveys Beth's suppressed loneliness as well as her big heart.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Ann Hornaday Washington Post (Top Critic)
    50
    Lawrence Kasdan's fitfully amusing comedy-drama starring Diane Keaton and Kevin Kline.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Ty Burr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    63
    It's far from a great movie - an overwritten, underplotted vanity project that's a distant echo of what director Lawrence Kasdan could do in his prime. But it has Diane Keaton, and that's enough.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Melissa Anderson Village Voice (Top Critic)
    The handsome pooch is ... the only appealing aspect of the latest tale of privileged boomer pulse-taking from Lawrence Kasdan, who co-wrote the script with his wife, Meg...
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Joe Neumaier New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    20
    The folksy shenanigans are well-intentioned but frankly interminable, with Kline's wry efficiency the best relief from all the yowling and whining.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Glenn Kenny MSN Movies (Top Critic)
    40
    While it's not entirely lacking in sharp dialogue, Kasdan's movie is weirdly unwieldy and... a bit blinkered.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • David Edelstein New York Magazine (Top Critic)
    It has the shapeless spread of nonfiction, of a home movie with a hint of that newfangled mumblecore thing the kids these days are into.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    25
    It is depressing to reflect on the wealth of talent that conspired to make this inert and listless movie.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Betsy Sharkey Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    38
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • J. R. Jones Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    63
    It's fun to watch Keaton and Kline together, bickering and (of course) bonding all over again.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    50
    If good intentions were everything, this benevolent film would be Best in Show. Alas, it's flawed by a drowsy pace (there is far too much hiking) and superfluous, ill-conceived characters.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    42
    Between the gypsy psychic and the distracting characters, "Darling Companion" loses its way.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    30
    Even as someone who enjoys the company of a dog, it didn't take long for me to wish the whole bunch of them would shut up, give up and go home. Get a bird or something.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Rex Reed New York Observer (Top Critic)
    50
    When all is said and done, the dog is the only thing you care about in Darling Companion.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Lael Loewenstein Variety (Top Critic)
    Despite an intriguing premise, a marquee middle-aged cast and a veteran helmer (Lawrence Kasdan) schooled in character-driven ensemble movies, the result is more shaggy-dog story than incisive reflection on human relationships.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    50
    "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.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Linda Barnard Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    50
    It's the story that strains credulity, a navel gazer about whether a search for a lost dog can bring an uninvolved family back together as they face life in their 60s.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Rick Groen Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    38
    The film sputters and stalls and winds up behaving like the worst sort of oldster - passing gas and pretending to be deep.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Andrew O'Hehir Salon.com (Top Critic)
    Kasdan was one of the hottest guys in the business for at least a decade. Today, although he's younger than Steven Spielberg or Martin Scorsese ... Kasdan looks like a flailing, irrelevant has-been.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Michael Rechtshaffen Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    Lawrence Kasdan's pleasant dramedy boasts a prized ensemble but lacks bite.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Jake Coyle Associated Press (Top Critic)
    38
    It ... feels utterly neutered, a film with little on the line and a talented cast begging for a little wit and a few jokes. The characters are introduced awkwardly and a strange insertion of an animated dream sequence is entirely out of place.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Mary F. Pols TIME Magazine (Top Critic)
    As bland and soft as a nice bowl of oatmeal.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
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