Calls for more explanation and less posturing.
| Original Score: 2/5
| Original Score: C-
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.
When Justin Timberlake is the best thing about a film, you know you're in trouble.
| Original Score: 1/4
The characters are all flash and emptiness, but so is the story.
| Original Score: C
Recovering from the Harlequin bathos of The Notebook, writer-director Nick Cassavetes directs this bogus-homeboy scenario as though his street cred depended on it.
| Original Score: .5/4
Misses its opportunity to be a smart, investigative crime drama ... a frivolous and shallow affair about partying teens.
| Original Score: 5/10
A lackluster teenage true-crime tale.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Pot may impair your decision-making, but only speed will drive a man to drop trou and crap on another's living room floor.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Essentially, the experience is watching awful actors playing dumb people in a story that carries no weight or emotional investment. This is one pup that needs to be put to sleep.
| Original Score: F
Cassavetes starts to lose the plot at the precise moment he starts keeping exact track of it.
| Original Score: 2/4
Apart from the grim forebodings of tragedy, writer-director Nick Cassavetes seems to have modeled this ambitious docudrama on Larry Clark's kiddie-porn shockers, but he doesn't know what to leave out, and the movie becomes excessively complicated.
Even though we are less than two weeks into the new year, here is a film that is already a strong contender for the title of Worst Film of 2007.
| Original Score: 1/5
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.
Watching it is like being trapped at the biggest boneheaded gathering of snowballing stupidity you can imagine
A movie which has been put together with occasional skill but lacks a compelling reason to exist.
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.
Ben Foster becomes cartoonish instead of scary. It feels like he is channeling Pauly Shore doing an Al Pacino impression.
| Original Score: 1/4
An abusive, shallow, sleazy gangsta film that, at best, is a cautionary morality tale.
| Original Score: 4/10
For all of the credibility of the performances (or at least the teens), it all feels like recycled social commentary.
| Original Score: C+