Darling Companion Reviews

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

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • 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.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • 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.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • Lawrence Kasdan's fitfully amusing comedy-drama starring Diane Keaton and Kevin Kline.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • 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.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • 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...

    Melissa Anderson — Village Voice

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

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • While it's not entirely lacking in sharp dialogue, Kasdan's movie is weirdly unwieldy and... a bit blinkered.

    Glenn Kenny — MSN Movies

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

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • 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.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

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

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • 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.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • Between the gypsy psychic and the distracting characters, "Darling Companion" loses its way.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • 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.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • When all is said and done, the dog is the only thing you care about in Darling Companion.

    Rex Reed — New York Observer

  • 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.

    Lael Loewenstein — Variety

  • "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.

    Lou Lumenick — New York Post

  • 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.

    Linda Barnard — Toronto Star

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

    Rick Groen — Globe and Mail

  • 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.

    Andrew O'Hehir — Salon.com

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