Alpha Dog Reviews

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Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
November 6, 2010
This inspired-by-reality tale is essentially an emotional snuff film. It's the kind of misguided effort a middle-aged director indulges in when he wants to reinvent himself as edgy.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
August 10, 2007
Cassavetes' film is pure Hollywood fiction and sensationalism mixed with some sense of reality, but hell I enjoyed it a great deal...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Todd Gilchrist
IGN Movies
June 25, 2007
A lackluster teenage true-crime tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Mark Adams
Sunday Mirror [UK]
April 20, 2007
Stylishly and thoughtfully directed by Nick Cassavetes, Alpha Dog is occasionally chilling, but always absorbing.
Derek Malcolm
This is London
April 20, 2007
Its originality lies in the fact that it depicts white middle-class kids on the loose, calling their women bitches and listening endlessly to violent, misogynist and homophobic black rap.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent
April 20, 2007
Nick Cassavetes' film combines an aimless ramble through juvenile depravity in the affluent suburbs of LA and a quite disturbing evocation of the true-life murder of an adolescent boy in 1999.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Johnny Vaughan
Sun Online
April 20, 2007
It's Beverly Hills 90210 on crystal meth as a gang of posh potheads lose the plot when a kidnapping goes wrong.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5

Daily Mirror [UK]
April 20, 2007
The movie may lose its way in the last 15 minutes but everything leading up to that point is gripping, edge-of-your-seat stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jonathan Dean
Total Film
April 20, 2007
Lengthy and often off-hot topic, this is still a gripping saga with stand-out turns from Timberlake, Hirsch and kid-in-the-spotlight Yelchin.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
April 20, 2007
You know you're in trouble the second you take a look at Bruce Willis's fake liver spots.
Steve Rose
Guardian
April 20, 2007
Overall though, it's a messy, superficial affair: it lacks focus, shifts uneasily in tone, and shoehorns in star names (Sharon Stone, Bruce Willis) to little effect.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

Times [UK]
April 20, 2007
True, Alpha Dog is a film with no manners. But it has great nerve. What's truly impressive is how the splintered story is buried by individual performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 20, 2007
Worth seeing for Stone's grotesque bow and some great youthful performances. But it's not half as gritty as it thinks it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Olly Richards
Empire Magazine
April 20, 2007
It suffers from ADD, but there's some terrific stuff in here. Leaving 15 minutes from the end and saving yourself a lumbering coda may improve enjoyment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
April 19, 2007
Emotionally engaging, impressively directed and frequently tense drama with strong performances from a terrific ensemble cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
April 19, 2007
A movie which has been put together with occasional skill but lacks a compelling reason to exist.
Paul Arendt
BBC.com
April 17, 2007
Cassavetes uses a wide arsenal of flashy techniques...but his stylistic fourishes and some committed performances cannot disguise a certain emptiness where there should be tragedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 24, 2007
Cassavetes, first and foremost, made Alpha Dog a great ensemble piece, a decision that really distinguishes the film from its lesser teenage crime counterparts.
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
March 4, 2007
As it happens, not all dogs to to heaven. Some go straight to hell, and Alpha Dog gets there faster and stays there longer than most.
Full Review | Original Score: F
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
February 24, 2007
The film's most resonant insight%u2014not a new one%u2014is that the boys' mutual violence and abuse form a sort of intimacy. No matter what else they miss, they understand their own fearfulness and disloyalty.
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