Alpha Dog Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
January 11, 2007
Calls for more explanation and less posturing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Neil Miller
Film School Rejects
January 12, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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-
Tyler Hanley
Palo Alto Weekly
January 12, 2007
When Justin Timberlake is the best thing about a film, you know you're in trouble.
| Original Score: 1/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
January 11, 2007
The characters are all flash and emptiness, but so is the story.
| Original Score: C
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
January 12, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
January 11, 2007
Misses its opportunity to be a smart, investigative crime drama ... a frivolous and shallow affair about partying teens.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Todd Gilchrist
IGN Movies
June 25, 2007
A lackluster teenage true-crime tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
January 1, 2007
Pot may impair your decision-making, but only speed will drive a man to drop trou and crap on another's living room floor.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Brian Orndorf
OhmyNews.com
January 13, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: F
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
January 12, 2007
Cassavetes starts to lose the plot at the precise moment he starts keeping exact track of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 11, 2007
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.
Peter Sobczynski
eFilmCritic.com
January 20, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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
February 21, 2007
Watching it is like being trapped at the biggest boneheaded gathering of snowballing stupidity you can imagine
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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.
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
Willie Waffle
WaffleMovies.com
January 11, 2007
Ben Foster becomes cartoonish instead of scary. It feels like he is channeling Pauly Shore doing an Al Pacino impression.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Susan Granger
www.susangranger.com
January 10, 2007
An abusive, shallow, sleazy gangsta film that, at best, is a cautionary morality tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
January 11, 2007
For all of the credibility of the performances (or at least the teens), it all feels like recycled social commentary.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Peg Aloi
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
January 13, 2007
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