New York Times - 03/24/1987
"...[Often] funny and true and moving....Glanzelius gives a firm and wise performance..."
Variety - 12/18/1985
"...An exquisite look at childhood....It has a smoothly moving narrative flow..."
Los Angeles Times - 05/14/1987
"...MY LIFE AS A DOG should be cherished..."
Sight and Sound - 09/01/2001
"...It retains a measured charm..."
Uncut - 07/01/2005
"Lasse Hallstrom's affecting memoir of a lonely child retreating into a fantasy life bears comparisons with Francois Truffaut's seminal THE FOUR HUNDRED BLOWS..."
Twelve-year-old Ingemar (Anton Glanzlius) has a life far too complex for a kid his age. His beloved mother (Anki Liden), once soft and loving, is now an angry invalid. His older brother (Manfred Serner) torments him daily. But there must be worse things in life, and Ingemar does not hesitate to obsess over them: people meeting freak accidents, for one, and Laika, the doomed Soviet space dog, for another. There is also his own pet dog, whose fate, it turns out, is as uncertain as Ingemar's. But when Ingemar is sent away for the summer to stay with his lighthearted Uncle Gunnar (Tomas von Bromssen) and Aunt Ulla (Kicki Rundgren), his world begins to open in a way he could never have imagined. In their little village, Ingemar meets a menage of eccentric, good-hearted people and their interactions with him give him the strength he'll need when things at home get even worse.
MY LIFE AS A DOG, the critically acclaimed film from director Lasse Hallstrom, is sensitive, tragic, and funny. It's a unique, offbeat but realistic coming-of-age story with rich and engaging characters and some truly unforgettable scenes.