A man loses his wife's beloved dog.
" The film sputters and stalls and winds up behaving like the worst sort of oldster - passing gas and pretending to be deep. "
" 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. "
" It's fun to watch Keaton and Kline together, bickering and (of course) bonding all over again. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" Lawrence Kasdan's fitfully amusing comedy-drama starring Diane Keaton and Kevin Kline. "
" You wonder why this fine cast - which has nine Oscar nominations (with four wins) among them - would bother with something so featherweight... "
" The dog had the right idea. "
" Between the gypsy psychic and the distracting characters, "Darling Companion" loses its way. "
" Darling Companion is a "Pretty White People with Problems" movie, but like the dog at its center, it cozies its way into your lap and stares at you adoringly until you resist its flaws and find yourself won over. "
" Like Freeway, the lovable stray dog at the center of this very teary comedy, "Darling Companion"has lost its way. "
" 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. "
" It feels like a film that got stuck at the pitch stage, and never quite got turned into a real screenplay. "
" The movie takes a simple if shattering occurrence and uses it as a way to bring a family together, an old trick but one well played by director Lawrence Kasdan and his wife and screenwriting partner Meg. "
" "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. "
" 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. "
" It is depressing to reflect on the wealth of talent that conspired to make this inert and listless movie. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" [It] has a fine cast, but doesn't seem to have much to say other than lamenting the unfairness of getting old. "
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