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Hounddog Reviews

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Michael Sragow
Baltimore Sun
October 31, 2008
Hounddog boasts a distinctive wood-and-emerald look and several crackerjack performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Luke Y. Thompson
LYTRules.com
September 18, 2008
Certainly, there is severe unpleasantness afoot, but defining the movie by its most controversial scenes isn't entirely fair.
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
September 18, 2008
Fanning is exceptional, anchoring the film with the confidence of an actress thrice her age.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
September 17, 2008
Ms. Fanning's performance alone makes Hounddog worth seeing in this age of child Duses.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
September 15, 2008
Wright Penn evidently helped get the film financed, but her big scenes feel shoehorned in. This is Dakota Fanning's film.
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
February 10, 2007
A tasteful cautionary fable and fairy tale for adults.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Erik Childress
eFilmCritic.com
February 10, 2007
Fanning puts her entire heart and soul into that may finally earn her that Oscar nomination next year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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James Greenberg
Hollywood Reporter
January 26, 2007
Fanning projects a strange mix of innocence and awareness. The triumph of her performance is her ability to turn it on and off in the same scene, sometimes even in the same shot.
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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Melissa Anderson
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Steven Winn
San Francisco Chronicle
October 31, 2008
The whole distasteful mess is sunk up to its neck in a brew of Southern Gothic atmosphere and hocus-pocus sentimentality.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
October 18, 2008
Only Fanning's emotional honesty makes Hounddog watchable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm
October 8, 2008
...as discomfiting as you've heard, yet there is one moment near the end that nearly saves it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
October 2, 2008
Fanning resembles an acting robot: stick a quarter in her head and she'll dial up any reaction in the book, absent the needed gravitas.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Fred Topel
Can Magazine
September 26, 2008
We're seeing Fanning in soaking wet white underwear playing in the river, gyrating like Elvis. That's worse that an exploitative rape scene. This is just the filmmakers deciding to depict salacious behavior.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
September 26, 2008
If there's a Southern-gothic cliché (oh, those snakes!) that writer-director Deborah Kampmeier misses, I don't know it.
| Original Score: .5/4
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David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 25, 2008
A slow procession of degradation and suffering, Hounddog is like a tall glass of bitter iced tea.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
September 24, 2008
It's hard to take this wild mixture of sledgehammer symbolism, period Southern Gothic, race-conscious uplift and cautionary coming-of-age parable seriously, despite Fanning's remarkable poise.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
September 19, 2008
The only lesson is that if you're a child of the south, you better get yourself adopted by Yankees.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide
September 19, 2008
A handsomely produced but unintentionally risible film that mistakes high grotesquerie for high gothic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
May 15, 2012
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
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