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Hounddog Reviews

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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
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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
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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
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
September 19, 2008
The latest wallow in regional cliche and stereotype.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
September 19, 2008
The clichés are thick as the kudzu in 1956 Alabama.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
September 19, 2008
Rarely has there been a movie as misguided as Hounddog, which self-righteously indulges in exploitation while loudly decrying it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
September 19, 2008
The problems that plague the movie land squarely with the writer, director and producer, Deborah Kampmeier, who has crafted a howler of a bad script, shows little affinity for working with actors and displays no visual sense behind the camera.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Joshua Katzman
Chicago Reader
September 19, 2008
A bewildering slice of southern gothic hokum, it suffers from a weak script, proving that old saw about actors being only as good as the lines they're given.
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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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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
September 19, 2008
This overripe tale of innocence lost has become one of notoriety found.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
September 18, 2008
Pretty but overwrought, Hounddog doesn't deserve its infamy, nor does it merit being seen or remembered.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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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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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
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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
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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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Michelle Orange
Village Voice
September 17, 2008
The symbolism [is] clobbering.
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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.
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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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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
January 25, 2007
Seriously, I'm astonished that anybody would try to pass this movie off as artistically or socially meaningful in 2007.
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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.