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A Dog of Flanders (1999)

Genres: Family, Drama

Taglines: It's not where you come from. It's where you're going.

Director: Kevin Brodie

Writers: Ouida, Kevin Brodie, Robert Singer

Stars: Jack Warden, Jeremy James Kissner, Jesse James, Jon Voight, ...

Poor but happy, young Nello and his grandfather live alone, delivering milk as a livelihood, in the outskirts of Antwerp, a city in Flanders (the Flemish or Dutch-speaking part of modern-day Belgium). They discover a beaten dog (a Bouvier, a large sturdy dog native to Flanders) and adopt it and nurse it back to health, naming it Patrasche, the middle name of Nello's mother Mary, who died when Nello was very young. Nello's mother was a talented artist, and like his mother, he delights in drawing, and his friend Aloise is his model and greatest fan and supporter.

80 | Jane Horowitz

A beautiful, sad, spiritual story with joy and delicacy, visual chops and emotional depth.
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75 | Barbara Shulgasser

It was the adult in me that wept when the movie ended. Take the kid and have a good time.
Read More: Chicago Tribune


A film that parents can confidently and with pleasure take their little ones to see - but which is not quite a good movie.

58 | William Arnold

Somehow the elements do not add up to by anything especially memorable.
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50 | Bob Graham

There are times when watching this film is like a near-death experience.
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50 | John Hartl

It can be treacly -- but in a crude way, it makes its point.
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50 | Carrie Rickey

Two of its youthful actors, although adorable, are not skilled enogh to carry their parts.
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40 | John Anderson

This is a movie for younger children -- they won't notice that the children deliver their lines with all the conviction of an airline flight boarding announcement.
Read More: Los Angeles Times

40 | Joe Leydon

This Dog won't hunt. Although well crafted and handsomely mounted, pic lacks sufficient sizzle.
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40 | Stephen Holden

Difficult to swallow.
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30 | Sean Means

Limp direction, laughable production values, accent-heaving acting and dialogue and more lumps than three-day-old oatmeal.
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30 | Anlee Ellingson

Brodie assembles a grab bag of themes formulaic to films about poverty.
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25 | Owen Gleiberman

If you've been longing to see the worst family entertainment of 1966, A Dog of Flanders may be the movie for you.
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25 | Cate McQuade

What a disaster -- a dog.
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20 | Lisa Alspector

Full of meaningless tragedies left unjustified by the absurdly optimistic ending .. (an) intolerable story.
Read More: Chicago Reader