Hounddog Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 19, 2008
Dakota Fanning takes an impressive step forward in her career, but that's about the only good thing about Hounddog.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
September 18, 2008
Take away the 'hound' part of the title and you have an appropriate descriptor of this production.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 16, 2008
... a laughably lurid, vulgar parade of barefoot children, Gothic stereotypes, and "Fetch me a Co-Cola" dialogue you thought had gone out with God's Little Acre and Tobacco Road.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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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
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
January 23, 2007
The much-hyped rape scene isn't even remotely the worst offense of this tedious and overrated film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
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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
Kam Williams
NewsBlaze
September 17, 2008
An ill-advised variation on Black Snake Moan touting loss of innocence as a source of inspiration.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Robert Davis
Paste Magazine
September 19, 2008
Instead of embracing its pulpy nature, it aims for seriousness, then gives us cornpone performances, a lightning bolt that triggers a tractor's ejector seat, and a simple-minded view of saintly black folk who possess a dangerous blues.
Full Review | Original Score: 28/100
Mark Peikert
New York Press
September 17, 2008
As anyone could have predicted about a movie that generated so much negative buzz for its depiction of the rape of a young girl in rural Alabama during the 1950s, Hounddog is entirely underwhelming.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
January 23, 2007
Hounddog is an indigestible gumbo of Southern Gothic ingredients seasoned with snake oil, biblical hash and thoroughly unpalatable spice.
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+
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
August 17, 2008
While the sexualization on screen of a twelve year old actress is dismissed by the filmmaker and some anti-rape organizations because it's intended to focus on a grave crime, one hand washing the other is not the point.
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
August 24, 2008
An exploitation movie about people lacking even a modicum of common sense--in this case '50s era Southerners--writer/director Deborah Kampmeier's "Hounddog" is an insult to its audience and to the actors that signed on for her abysmal experiment.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media
September 17, 2008
Notorious Dakota Fanning indie too adult for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
December 7, 2007
This slice of southern gothic is deep fried in almost every cliche you could mention from the last 50 years - and served up with an unfortunate side order of snakes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jamie Tipps
Film Threat
January 30, 2007
If it was a better quality film, the infamous scene might be justified if it served to enhance the whole. In a bad film, however, it just feels exploitative.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Michelle Orange
Village Voice
September 17, 2008
The symbolism [is] clobbering.
Kim Voynar
Cinematical
January 26, 2007
[Fanning] has the talent, in abundance. Let's see it put to use in better films going forward.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Matt Pais
Metromix.com
September 18, 2008
People have called Hounddog the 'Dakota Fanning rape movie' not to be insensitive to victims of sexual abuse but because that's all there is to the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 17, 2008
Under the circumstances, Fanning is remarkably collected and even dignified. As for the rest of the gang, they ought to be returned to sender.
Full Review | Original Score: F
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
May 15, 2012
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
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