• Hounddog
    2 minutes 53 seconds
    Added: Dec 15, 2008

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Hounddog Reviews

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Michael Sragow
Baltimore Sun

Hounddog boasts a distinctive wood-and-emerald look and several crackerjack performances.

Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 31, 2008
Luke Y. Thompson
LYTRules.com

Certainly, there is severe unpleasantness afoot, but defining the movie by its most controversial scenes isn't entirely fair.

Full Review Source: LYTRules.com

September 18, 2008
Rafer Guzman
Newsday
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Fanning is exceptional, anchoring the film with the confidence of an actress thrice her age.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 18, 2008
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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Ms. Fanning's performance alone makes Hounddog worth seeing in this age of child Duses.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

September 17, 2008
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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Wright Penn evidently helped get the film financed, but her big scenes feel shoehorned in. This is Dakota Fanning's film.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

September 15, 2008
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders

A tasteful cautionary fable and fairy tale for adults.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Insiders | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 10, 2007
Erik Childress
eFilmCritic.com

Fanning puts her entire heart and soul into that may finally earn her that Oscar nomination next year.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 4/5

February 10, 2007
James Greenberg
Hollywood Reporter
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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.

January 26, 2007
Hank Sartin
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

November 18, 2011
Melissa Anderson
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 1/5

November 17, 2011
Steven Winn
San Francisco Chronicle
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The whole distasteful mess is sunk up to its neck in a brew of Southern Gothic atmosphere and hocus-pocus sentimentality.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 0/4

October 31, 2008
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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Only Fanning's emotional honesty makes Hounddog watchable.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

October 18, 2008
Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm

...as discomfiting as you've heard, yet there is one moment near the end that nearly saves it.

Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm | Original Score: 2/4

October 8, 2008
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com

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 Source: BrianOrndorf.com | Original Score: D+

October 2, 2008
Fred Topel
Can Magazine

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.

Full Review Source: Can Magazine

September 26, 2008
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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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

September 26, 2008
David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
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A slow procession of degradation and suffering, Hounddog is like a tall glass of bitter iced tea.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 1/4

September 25, 2008
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

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 Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: C-

September 24, 2008
Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly

The only lesson is that if you're a child of the south, you better get yourself adopted by Yankees.

Full Review Source: I.E. Weekly | Original Score: C

September 19, 2008
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide

A handsomely produced but unintentionally risible film that mistakes high grotesquerie for high gothic.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 2/4

September 19, 2008
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