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review_NN
:_:
a_DT
dog_NN
of_IN
flanders_NP
is_BEZ
the_DT
story_NN
of_IN
an_DT
adorable_JJ
little_JJ
boy_NN
named_VBN
nello_NP
and_CC
his_PP$
trials_NNS
and_CC
tribulations_NNS
in_IN
19th_CD
century_NN
flanders_NP
._.
living_NN
with_IN
his_PP$
grandfather_NN
jehan_NP
(_(
jack_NP
warden_NN
)_)
in_IN
poverty_NN
,_,
nello_NP
finds_VBZ
happiness_NN
in_IN
his_PP$
life_NN
in_IN
spite_NN
of_IN
difficult_JJ
times_NNS
(_(
they_PP
are_BER
renting_VBG
a_DT
spare_JJ
one-room_NN
cottage_NN
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
greedy_JJ
,_,
malevolent_NN
landlord_NN
who_WP
owns_VBZ
it_PP
threatens_VBZ
to_IN
throw_NN
them_PP
`_"
out_RP
of_IN
the_DT
house_NN
'_"
if_CS
they_PP
don't_DO
pay_VB
the_DT
rent_NN
)_)
._.
nello_NP
also_RB
has_HVZ
a_DT
rather_RB
creative_JJ
talent_NN
for_IN
drawing_NN
some_DT
of_IN
the_DT
most_DT
beautiful_JJ
pictures_NNS
that_CS
i_PP
have_HV
ever_RB
seen_VBN
,_,
in_IN
either_DT
a_DT
movie_NN
or_CC
in_IN
real_JJ
life_NN
._.
(_)
his_PP$
hero_NN
is_BEZ
peter_NP
paul_NP
rubens_NP
,_,
the_DT
great_JJ
flemish_JJ
painter_NN
of_IN
the_DT
17th_CD
century_NN
._.
)_)
not_XNOT
that_CS
these_DT
are_BER
the_DT
only_RB
things_NNS
that_CS
make_VB
nello_NN
's_POS
life_NN
happy_JJ
,_,
however_RB
._.
he_PP
has_HVZ
a_DT
dog_NN
of_IN
flanders_NP
,_,
whom_WP
he_PP
names_VBZ
patrasche_NN
,_,
who_WP
is_BEZ
a_DT
heroic_JJ
rin-tin-tin_NP
of_IN
the_DT
19th_CD
century_NN
,_,
whom_WP
he_PP
rescues_VBZ
from_IN
his_PP$
cruel_JJ
,_,
unkind_JJ
master_NN
._.
in_IN
addition_NN
,_,
he_PP
even_RB
has_HVZ
a_DT
best_JJS
friend_NN
(_(
and_CC
future_NN
sweetheart_NN
)_)
in_IN
the_DT
lovely_JJ
,_,
wealthy_JJ
aloise_NN
,_,
whose_WP$
father_NN
strongly_RB
disapproves_VBZ
of_IN
her_PP$
hanging_NN
out_RP
with_IN
`_"
lower-class_JJ
'_"
nello_NP
._.
(_)
he_PP
thinks_VBZ
he_PP
's_BEZ
not_XNOT
good_JJ
enough_RB
for_IN
her_PP$
,_,
and_CC
he_PP
would_MD
hate_VB
the_DT
idea_NN
of_IN
the_DT
two_CD
kids_NNS
marrying_VBG
._.
)_)
but_CC
then_RB
,_,
he_PP
was_BEDZ
a_DT
poor_JJ
guy_NN
himself_PPX
before_IN
he_PP
married_VBD
(_(
as_IN
mentioned_VBD
later_JJR
on_IN
in_IN
the_DT
film_NN
)_)
._.
one_CD
day_NN
,_,
nello_NP
encounters_NNS
a_DT
mysterious_JJ
,_,
yet_RB
kindhearted_VBN
artist_NN
named_VBD
michel_NP
la_NP
grande_NP
(_(
played_VBD
wonderfully_RB
by_IN
jon_NP
voight_NN
)_)
,_,
who_WP
tells_VBZ
the_DT
boy_NN
to_IN
keep_VB
drawing_NN
from_IN
his_PP$
heart_NN
,_,
and_CC
that_CS
perhaps_RB
one_CD
day_NN
he_PP
might_MD
land_VB
a_DT
career_NN
in_IN
being_BEG
an_DT
artist_NN
._.
and_CC
every_DT
christmas_NN
,_,
there_EX
is_BEZ
a_DT
contest_NN
on_IN
which_WDT
is_BEZ
the_DT
most_DT
beautiful_JJ
painting_NN
of_IN
the_DT
year_NN
;_;
the_DT
winner_NN
getting_VBG
a_DT
lot_NN
of_IN
money_NN
._.
eager_JJ
to_IN
save_NN
his_PP$
home_NN
(_(
and_CC
his_PP$
aging_JJ
,_,
dying_JJ
grandfather_NN
)_)
,_,
nello_NP
willingly_RB
decides_VBZ
to_IN
become_VBN
an_DT
artist_NN
,_,
asking_VBG
aloise_NN
to_IN
pose_NN
for_IN
him_PP
._.
one_CD
night_NN
,_,
the_DT
two_CD
travel_NN
to_IN
a_DT
circus_NN
,_,
where_CS
they_PP
have_HV
their_PP$
fortune_NN
told_VBD
?_?
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
's_POS
most_DT
delightful_JJ
scenes_NNS
?_?
that_CS
great_NP
happiness_NN
is_BEZ
destined_VBN
for_IN
them_PP
._.
she_PP
gives_VBZ
the_DT
kids_NNS
a_DT
ring_NN
,_,
whom_WP
nello_NP
places_VBZ
on_IN
aloise_NN
's_POS
hand_NN
._.
;_;
)_(
afterwards_RB
,_,
the_DT
two_CD
kids_NNS
have_HV
a_DT
rollickingly_RB
good_JJ
time_NN
dancing_NN
around_IN
in_IN
front_NN
of_IN
circus_NN
performers_NNS
._.
unfortunately_RB
,_,
things_NNS
are_BER
not_XNOT
all_PDT
`_"
la-dee-dah_FW
'_"
in_IN
this_DT
tale_NN
._.
aloise_NN
's_POS
father_NN
finally_RB
becomes_VBZ
so_RB
angry_JJ
with_IN
nello_NP
that_CS
he_PP
forbids_VBZ
him_PP
to_TO
ever_RB
see_VB
aloise_NN
again_RB
._.
bad_JJ
enough_RB
that_CS
they_PP
can't_MD
see_VB
each_DT
other_JJ
(_(
although_CS
we_PP
know_VB
nello_NP
and_CC
aloise_NN
,_,
don't_DO
we_PP
?_?
)_)
,_,
but_CC
that_CS
's_NNS
only_RB
the_DT
start_NN
of_IN
nello_NP
's_POS
troubles_NNS
._.
aloise_NN
's_POS
farm_NN
is_BEZ
burned_VBN
down_RP
,_,
and_CC
nello_NP
is_BEZ
wrongfully_RB
accused_VBN
(_(
by_IN
the_DT
landord_NP
of_IN
his_PP$
cottage_NN
)_)
for_IN
starting_VBG
the_DT
fire_NN
in_IN
order_NN
to_IN
take_VB
revenge_NN
on_IN
being_BEG
forbidden_VBN
to_IN
see_VB
aloise_RB
._.
this_DT
decreases_VBZ
nello_NP
's_POS
reputation_NN
around_IN
the_DT
town_NN
,_,
save_VB
aloise_NN
and_CC
her_PP$
parents_NNS
,_,
and_CC
a_DT
kindly_JJ
miller_NP
,_,
william_NP
,_,
who_WP
is_BEZ
very_RB
sweet_JJ
to_IN
nello_NP
every_DT
time_NN
he_PP
drops_VBZ
by_IN
._.
matters_NNS
get_VB
much_DT
worse_JJR
for_IN
nello_NP
when_CS
his_PP$
grandfather_NN
dies_VBZ
,_,
and_CC
he_PP
has_HVZ
to_TO
pay_VB
for_IN
his_PP$
funeral_NN
._.
but_CC
then_RB
things_NNS
really_RB
get_VB
nasty_JJ
when_CS
the_DT
landlord_NN
exiles_NNS
nello_NP
from_IN
his_PP$
own_DT
home_NN
(_(
for_IN
not_XNOT
paying_VBG
his_PP$
rental_NN
)_)
?_?
permanetly_RB
._.
this_DT
means_NN
that_CS
nello_NP
and_CC
patrasche_NP
have_HV
to_TO
starve_VB
and_CC
walk_VB
out_RP
in_IN
the_DT
cold_JJ
,_,
freezing_JJ
wind_NN
._.
worst_JJS
of_IN
all_PDT
,_,
the_DT
painting_NN
that_CS
he_PP
has_HVZ
desperately_RB
been_BEN
working_VBG
on_IN
during_IN
all_PDT
this_DT
time_NN
,_,
`_"
the_DT
portrait_NN
of_IN
the_DT
princess_NN
'_"
,_,
fails_VBZ
to_IN
win_NN
the_DT
prize_NN
at_IN
the_DT
festival_NN
._.
now_RB
nello_NP
and_CC
patrasche_NP
are_BER
really_RB
depressed_JJ
,_,
and_CC
close_RB
to_IN
freezing_JJ
to_IN
death_NN
._.
will_MD
nello_NP
be_BE
able_JJ
to_TO
find_VB
any_DT
happiness_NN
in_IN
his_PP$
life_NN
?_?
will_MD
patrasche_FW
save_CS
the_DT
day_NN
?_?
will_MD
nello_NN
make_VB
the_DT
fateful_JJ
trip_NN
to_IN
join_VB
his_PP$
mother_NN
and_CC
grandfather_NN
in_IN
paradise_NN
?_?
a_DT
dog_NN
of_IN
flanders_NP
is_BEZ
a_DT
delightful_JJ
,_,
heartwarming_VBG
family_NN
film_NN
that_CS
is_BEZ
sure_JJ
to_TO
entertain_VB
kids_NNS
of_IN
all_PDT
ages_NNS
._.
even_RB
older_JJR
ones_NNS
who_WP
consider_VB
themselves_PPX
too_RB
`_"
sophisticated_JJ
'_"
for_IN
kiddie_NP
fare_NN
will_MD
be_BE
surprised_JJ
to_TO
hear_VB
that_DT
this_DT
film_NN
is_BEZ
for_IN
grown-ups_NNS
,_,
too_RB
._.
there_EX
have_HV
been_BEN
other_JJ
movies_NNS
of_IN
this_DT
ilk_NN
(_(
boy_NN
and_CC
dog_NN
)_)
,_,
and_CC
while_CS
this_DT
one_CD
falls_NNS
into_IN
that_DT
category_NN
,_,
it_PP
is_BEZ
mostly_RB
a_DT
story_NN
about_IN
overcoming_VBG
difficulties_NNS
and_CC
finding_VBG
a_DT
good_JJ
home_NN
for_IN
yourself_PPX
._.
move_NN
over_IN
?_?
or_CC
rather_RB
,_,
roll_NN
over_IN
?_?
old_JJ
yeller_NN
,_,
this_DT
dog_NN
of_IN
flanders_NP
is_BEZ
a_DT
heartwarming_NN
delight_NN
._.
the_DT
cinematography_NN
,_,
courtesy_NN
of_IN
walther_NN
van_NP
den_NN
ende_???
is_BEZ
beautiful_JJ
,_,
and_CC
really_RB
adds_VBZ
to_IN
the_DT
powerful_JJ
drama_NN
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
._.
it_PP
also_RB
gives_VBZ
a_DT
feel_VB
of_IN
being_BEG
in_IN
flanders_NP
(_(
the_DT
whole_JJ
film_NN
was_BEDZ
respectably_RB
shot_VBN
in_IN
flanders_NP
)_)
._.
the_DT
music_NN
from_IN
richard_NP
friedman_NN
is_BEZ
also_RB
remarkable_JJ
;_;
an_DT
evocative_JJ
,_,
poignant_JJ
score_NN
that_CS
recaptures_NNS
music_NN
from_IN
the_DT
19th_CD
century_NN
._.
the_DT
opening_NN
song_NN
over_IN
the_DT
credits_NNS
is_BEZ
very_RB
beautiful_JJ
(_(
i_PP
hope_VB
the_DT
soundtrack_NN
is_BEZ
available_JJ
!_!
)_)
,_,
and_CC
there_EX
's_BEZ
a_DT
brief_JJ
excerpt_???
of_IN
`_"
cheer_NN
up_RP
,_,
charlie_NP
'_"
from_IN
willy_NP
wonka_NP
and_CC
the_DT
chocolate_NN
factory_NN
(_(
sung_VBN
by_IN
aloise_NN
,_,
to_IN
nello_NP
,_,
in_IN
another_DT
delightful_JJ
scene_NN
)_)
._.
the_DT
cast_NN
is_BEZ
first-rate_JJ
:_:
jesse_NP
james_NP
and_CC
jeremy_NP
james_NP
kissner_NN
,_,
who_WP
play_VB
nello_NP
,_,
are_BER
some_DT
of_IN
the_DT
most_DT
endearing_JJ
,_,
adorable_JJ
young_JJ
stars_NNS
i_PP
have_HV
ever_RB
seen_VBN
in_IN
my_PP$
whole_JJ
life_NN
(_(
so_RB
are_BER
the_DT
girls_NNS
who_WP
play_VB
aloise_NN
,_,
madyline_JJ
sweeten_VB
as_IN
the_DT
younger_JJR
,_,
and_CC
farren_NNS
monet_NP
as_IN
the_DT
older_JJR
)_(
._.
not_XNOT
that_CS
they_PP
are_BER
the_DT
only_RB
good_JJ
stars_NNS
,_,
however_RB
._.
jack_NP
warden_NN
is_BEZ
ideal_JJ
as_CS
jehan_NP
,_,
eliciting_VBG
just_RB
the_DT
right_NN
amount_NN
of_IN
humor_NN
and_CC
compassion_NN
required_VBN
for_IN
the_DT
character_NN
._.
(_)
the_DT
scenes_NNS
involving_VBG
him_PP
and_CC
nello_NP
are_BER
heartwarming_VBG
,_,
touching_VBG
ones_NNS
._.
)_)
also_RB
,_,
bruce_NP
mcgill_NP
is_BEZ
charming_JJ
as_CS
the_DT
kindly_JJ
miller_NP
william_NP
._.
he_PP
's_BEZ
another_DT
one_CD
of_IN
my_PP$
favorite_JJ
characters_NNS
in_IN
the_DT
film_NN
._.
but_CC
jon_NP
voight_VBD
,_,
as_CS
i_PP
mentioned_VBD
before_IN
,_,
is_BEZ
the_DT
perfect_JJ
choice_NN
for_IN
michel_NP
._.
he_PP
brings_VBZ
a_DT
mysterious_JJ
,_,
yet_RB
gentle_JJ
performance_NN
that_CS
makes_VBZ
us_PP
all_PDT
feel_VB
good_JJ
again_RB
when_CS
he_PP
reassures_VBZ
insecure_JJ
nello_NN
that_CS
he_PP
*_???
can_MD
*_???
win_NN
the_DT
contest_NN
._.
but_CC
what_WDT
makes_VBZ
this_DT
film_NN
fun_NN
to_IN
watch_NN
is_BEZ
how_WRB
well-defined_JJ
the_DT
characters_NNS
are_BER
,_,
and_CC
the_DT
pace_NN
of_IN
the_DT
story_NN
(_(
best_JJS
of_IN
all_PDT
,_,
it_PP
has_HVZ
a_DT
happy_JJ
ending_NN
?_?
though_CS
i_PP
will_MD
*_???
not_XNOT
*_???
give_VB
it_NN
away_RB
;_;
sorry_JJ
)_(
is_BEZ
strong_JJ
and_CC
powerful_JJ
enough_RB
for_IN
us_NP
to_IN
identify_VB
with_IN
the_DT
characters_NNS
._.
for_IN
the_DT
first_OD
time_NN
since_CS
the_DT
beginning_NN
of_IN
1999_CD
,_,
there_EX
comes_VBZ
a_DT
film_NN
which_WDT
doesn't_DOZ
rely_VB
on_IN
popular_JJ
formula_NN
stuff_NN
,_,
such_DT
as_IN
big-budget_NN
special_JJ
effects_NNS
,_,
commercial_JJ
rock_NN
soundtracks_NNS
,_,
or_CC
any_DT
of_IN
that_DT
stuff_NN
._.
this_DT
one_CD
relies_VBZ
on_IN
telling_VBG
a_DT
fully_RB
character-oriented_VBN
story_NN
,_,
with_IN
just_RB
the_DT
right_NN
amount_NN
of_IN
heart_NN
,_,
humor_NN
,_,
and_CC
drama_NN
._.
that_CS
,_,
to_IN
me_PP
,_,
is_BEZ
what_WDT
makes_VBZ
a_DT
dog_NN
of_IN
flanders_NP
all_PDT
the_DT
more_RBR
delightful_JJ
._.
eleanor_NP
o'sullivan_NP
of_IN
`_"
the_DT
home_NN
news_NN
&_???
tribune_NN
'_"
noticed_VBD
this_DT
,_,
and_CC
was_BEDZ
kind_NN
and_CC
generous_JJ
enough_RB
to_TO
welcome_VB
it_PP
:_:
`_"
for_IN
want_NN
of_IN
a_DT
better_JJR
word_NN
,_,
a_DT
glow_NN
surrounds_VBZ
a_DT
dog_NN
of_IN
flanders_NP
._.
its_PP$
heart_NN
is_BEZ
in_IN
the_DT
right_NN
place_NN
and_CC
it_PP
engages_VBZ
you_PP
._.
you_PP
can_MD
guess_VB
where_CS
the_DT
film_NN
is_BEZ
going_VBG
because_CS
this_DT
is_BEZ
well-traveled_VBN
territory_NN
,_,
but_CC
with_IN
pros_NNS
like_IN
voight_NN
and_CC
appealing_JJ
young_JJ
performers_NNS
like_IN
kissner_NN
,_,
an_DT
often-told_NN
story_NN
is_BEZ
well_RB
worth_IN
a_DT
revisit_NN
._.
'_"
in_IN
addition_NN
,_,
there_EX
were_BED
a_DT
couple_NN
of_IN
other_JJ
enthusiasts_NNS
,_,
such_DT
as_IN
chicago-sun_NN
times_NNS
and_CC
the_DT
washington_NP
post_NN
(_(
you_PP
should_MD
read_VB
their_PP$
reviews_NNS
;_;
they're_???
really_RB
positive_JJ
)_)
._.
other_JJ
critics_NNS
,_,
however_RB
,_,
were_BED
not_XNOT
so_RB
kind_NN
._.
stephen_NP
holden_NP
of_IN
`_"
the_DT
new_JJ
york_NP
times_NNS
'_"
had_HVD
more_DT
than_CS
a_DT
share_NN
of_IN
beatings_NNS
to_IN
lay_JJ
upon_IN
a_DT
dog_NN
of_IN
flanders_NP
via_IN
pen_NN
writing_NN
._.
he_PP
found_VBD
the_DT
film_NN
to_IN
be_BE
a_DT
`_"
sea_NN
of_IN
sugary_JJ
bromides_NNS
'_"
and_CC
condemned_VBD
mr_NN
._.
voight_NN
's_POS
character_NN
as_IN
`_"
hopelessly_RB
wooden_JJ
?_?
adopts_VBZ
an_DT
accent_NN
even_RB
more_DT
indeterminate_JJ
than_CS
the_DT
one_CD
he_PP
came_VBD
up_RP
with_IN
for_IN
anaconda_NN
._.
'_"
in_IN
addition_NN
,_,
`_"
entertainment_NN
weekly_JJ
'_"
slam-dunked_JJ
the_DT
film_NN
,_,
condemning_VBG
it_PP
as_IN
`_"
the_DT
worst_JJS
family_NN
film_NN
of_IN
the_DT
year_NN
._.
'_"
there_EX
have_HV
been_BEN
so_RB
many_DT
other_JJ
bad_JJ
reviews_NNS
like_IN
this_DT
,_,
too_RB
._.
my_PP$
suggestion_NN
:_:
disregard_VB
the_DT
critics_NNS
._.
they_PP
just_RB
have_HV
a_DT
big_JJ
problem_NN
with_IN
touching_VBG
family_NN
films_NNS
,_,
and_CC
one_CD
should_MD
never_RB
pay_VB
attention_NN
to_IN
them_PP
._.
this_DT
dog_NN
of_IN
flanders_NP
may_MD
only_RB
be_BE
a_DT
little_JJ
`_"
family_NN
'_"
movie_NN
(_(
it_PP
probably_RB
won't_MD
be_BE
a_DT
big_JJ
hit_NN
in_IN
the_DT
style_NN
of_IN
titanic_NP
,_,
but_CC
then_RB
again_RB
no_DT
other_JJ
film_NN
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