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Hounddog Reviews

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
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
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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The latest wallow in regional cliche and stereotype.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 1/4

September 19, 2008
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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The clichés are thick as the kudzu in 1956 Alabama.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1/4

September 19, 2008
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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Rarely has there been a movie as misguided as Hounddog, which self-righteously indulges in exploitation while loudly decrying it.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 1/5

September 19, 2008
Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
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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 Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 1/5

September 19, 2008
Joshua Katzman
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

September 19, 2008
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Dakota Fanning takes an impressive step forward in her career, but that's about the only good thing about Hounddog.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

September 19, 2008
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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This overripe tale of innocence lost has become one of notoriety found.

| Original Score: 2/5

September 19, 2008
Nathan Rabin
AV Club
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Pretty but overwrought, Hounddog doesn't deserve its infamy, nor does it merit being seen or remembered.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C

September 18, 2008
Rafer Guzman
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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
James Berardinelli
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Take away the 'hound' part of the title and you have an appropriate descriptor of this production.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 18, 2008
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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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 Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: F

September 17, 2008
Melissa Anderson
Time Out New York
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[Dakota Fanning's] willingness to please appears to have been grossly exploited by writer-director Deborah Kampmeier.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 1/6

September 17, 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
Michelle Orange
Village Voice
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The symbolism [is] clobbering.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

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
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
Andrew O'Hehir
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Seriously, I'm astonished that anybody would try to pass this movie off as artistically or socially meaningful in 2007.

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January 25, 2007
Todd McCarthy
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Hounddog is an indigestible gumbo of Southern Gothic ingredients seasoned with snake oil, biblical hash and thoroughly unpalatable spice.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 23, 2007
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