How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog
- compiled by Jeffrey Overstreet Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2002 1 Jan
Mary Draughon (Preview) described the movie as "a lesson in how a casual remark can have serious consequences." But she gives it a thumbs-down, saying it "self-destructs with gratuitous, graphic sexual conversations and filthy language."
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat (Spirituality and Health) call it "an acerbic comedy that cleverly depicts the spiritual turnaround of this jaded and temperamental playwright.
Stanley Kauffmann (The New Republic) finds it inexcusably empty: "To say that the story reaches no conclusion, never explains why it exists, is to compliment its nullity. Branagh is flavorless in a script for which he was to supply the flavors."
Flick Filosopher MaryAnn Johanson says the film is occasionally too absurd, but decides that "Branagh redeems it, keeping the film grounded in the wonderful, schizophrenic reality of a man desperately scrambling to maintain his cynicism only to find that letting it go isn't so bad after all."
Stephen Holden (