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Based on 31 Reviews
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  • 75
    Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle

    One of those quirky little movies that you marvel ever got made. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    An engaging tragicomedy, exploring the consequences of single-minded fervor in a humorous and humane fashion. show more

  • 63
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Shannon is flawless. show more

  • 75
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    While some may be put off by Peggy's wild-eyed mania, and the film's broadly comic tone, Shannon makes this lost spirit strikingly sympathetic. show more

  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Overall, Year of the Dog evinces an appealing sentimentality without being maudlin or only puppy-dog cute. show more

  • 88
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    It may sound as if first-time director White is having his fun at the expense of introverted, asocial people who prefer the company of cats and dogs and gravitate toward animal-rights activism because the very idea of dealing with human problems requires an empathy they can't muster. But empathy is exactly what makes the film work. show more

  • 88
    Lawrence Toppman Charlotte Observer

    Until Year of the Dog, I've never seen a movie where someone obsessed over a puppy. show more

  • 75
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    In Year of the Dog, there are dark moments that are both strangely poignant and bizarrely hilarious. The ending took me by surprise. In a way it's a cheat, a redemption that arrives out of nowhere. But it's also a cosmic joke, a perfectly funny, sincere salute to dog and pet-lovers everywhere. show more

  • 75
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Shannon is wonderful as a woman pushed over the edge by the death of her pet in Year of the Dog, a very low-key, well-acted dramedy. show more

  • 75
    Ethan Alter Premiere

    Year of the Dog would have benefited from a stronger hand behind the camera (White's general aesthetic basically involves cribbing heavily from Wes Anderson and Jared Hess), but as a showcase for Shannon, it ends up being strangely moving. show more

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