Dog Pound Reviews

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Frank Lovece
Film Journal International
April 1, 2013
Overheated melodrama of inmates at a juvenile detention facility hits all the prison-movie clichés.
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
March 28, 2013
Without a strong political point (unlike its source material), "Dog Pound" feels hollow and hopeless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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David Fear
Time Out
March 26, 2013
Neither the film's bark nor its bite leaves much of a mark.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine
March 25, 2013
The plot willfully denies our satisfaction, often at the risk of compromising its own structural integrity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
March 19, 2013
The movie never loses its miserable outlook; Chapiron practically revels in the ever-present dreariness.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Mike Edwards
What Culture
February 1, 2011
Intense scenes of violence build to a conclusion that will leave you shaken.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Derek Malcolm
This is London
September 1, 2010
The film is graced by excellent acting and based on extensive research.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip Kemp
Total Film
September 1, 2010
With largely improvised dialogue and a cast including genuine ex-offenders, Chapiron captures a powerful stench of authenticity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Daily Express
August 30, 2010
Covers predictable ground with admirable sincerity and is notable for some eye-catching performances, not least that of Adam Butcher as an angry young man.
August 30, 2010
[Chapiron] never lets things gets boring, even if he can't help indulging in a few too many prison movie clichés along the way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
August 29, 2010
There's no doubting the seriousness of the point Chapiron is trying to make regarding the way that young criminals can become trapped in a spiral of reoffending, but by pushing all the action into barely believable melodrama, his argument is weakened.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
August 28, 2010
Impressively directed, superbly acted teen prison drama that packs a powerful emotional punch.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent
August 27, 2010
The ghost of Alan Clarke's Scum makes its presence felt in this lowering tale of a youth correctional facility in the American Midwest.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Aldridge
Radio Times
August 27, 2010
Though Alan Clarke's original film still has the edge, this perhaps has more relevance for a new generation of cinemagoers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
August 27, 2010
With a plot greased by spit, vomit and blood, it doesn't pack the same sucker-punch as the original but is never less than entertaining. Top dog.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Xan Brooks
Guardian
August 26, 2010
Handles its brief with pace and precision.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matt Bochenski
Little White Lies
August 26, 2010
Kim Chapiron could make a seminal film about today's youth, but this isn't it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
August 26, 2010
There's something lacking in this respectable, effortful Scum-like drama from French director Kim Chapiron...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nev Pierce
Empire Magazine
August 26, 2010
Offers a punchy insight to prison life. Unfortunately, it is a familiar and tepid storyline.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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David Jenkins
Time Out
August 26, 2010
[A] snarling but predictable survival tale...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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