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Dogtooth (Kynodontas) (2010)

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92

Average Rating: 7.7/10
Reviews Counted: 62
Fresh: 57 | Rotten: 5

It'll be too disturbing -- and meandering -- for some, but Dogtooth is as disturbing and startlingly original as modern filmmaking gets.

94

Average Rating: 7.7/10
Critic Reviews: 18
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 1

It'll be too disturbing -- and meandering -- for some, but Dogtooth is as disturbing and startlingly original as modern filmmaking gets.

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Average Rating: 3.7/5
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The father, the mother and their three kids live at the outskirts of a city. There is a tall fence surrounding the house. The kids have never been outside that fence. They are being reared in the manner that their parents deem appropriate, without any influence from the outside world. The only person allowed to enter the house is Christina. She works as a security guard at the father's business. The father arranges her visits to the house in order to appease the sexual urges of the son. The

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Art House & International, Drama

Jan 25, 2011

$0.1M

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All Critics (62) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (57) | Rotten (5) | DVD (2)

To put it mildly, "Dogtooth" is not for everyone, but it can grow on you even if you think you've rejected its influence.

March 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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This is the second feature for Lanthimos, and it's a leap from his well-received debut Kinetta. He skilfully doles out tantalizing pieces of information, keeping the viewer in a constant state of suspense and wonder.

January 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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The true dark-horse nominee among this year's foreign-language Oscar contenders, Dogtooth leaves bite marks that stick around long after you are released from its grip.

January 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Horror and cold humor commingle in Dogtooth.

January 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
Hollywood Reporter
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As a film, it's pure and singular, but it's not quite fully formed enough to be what one could call truly visionary.

January 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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A creepy-funny art movie that holds a cracked mirror to our most cherished beliefs about family.

December 2, 2010 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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A miserable, consistently worthless piece of work...

April 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Comments (5)
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Cinephiles (have) reacted to Lanthimos' skewed vision in much the same way as the confined children at the heart of the story: through the inquisitive, excited eye of someone catching a glimpse of a new worldview for the first time.

April 18, 2011 Full Review Source: sbs.com.au
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It's a triumph of a filmmaker having everything his own way -- for better or for worse.

March 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

That I'm aghast must be a form of overload, and as baffled as I am by this dark underbelly of a film, I did enjoy it.

March 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Projection Booth
Projection Booth

...flirts with sadism, but it's much more than a sick stunt.

February 16, 2011 Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm
LarsenOnFilm

Dogtooth is one of the funniest films of the past 12 months, an unforgettable social-satire, a devious little test of endurance for brave movie-lovers and the best argument against home-schooling since The Jonas Brothers.

February 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Quickflix
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A kind of ingenious horror show you just can't take your eyes off of.

February 2, 2011 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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Not the cheeriest subject for a movie, but somehow it works.

January 28, 2011 Full Review Source: NOW Toronto
NOW Toronto

Dogtooth has some definite surprises in it, and it does a terrific job of unfolding the story at an interesting and surprising pace so that nothing is over-explained.

January 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

A perversely comic allegory of family life -- sinister, strange, formally elegant and utterly original.

December 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

The nastiest satire released to U.S. theaters in 2010.

December 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Shocking and unsettling in breaking a number social taboos, this Greek dark comedy, winner of the 2009 Cannes Film fest, centers on the kind of dysfunctional family seldom depicted with such clarity on screen.

December 20, 2010 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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One of those movies that seems less interested in what you feel while you're watching it than how much you have to chew on once it's over.

December 3, 2010 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
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Audience Reviews for Dogtooth (Kynodontas)

Dogtooth pushes the boundaries somewhat but stands on the shoulders of films like The Idiots and more obviously Salo but I don't think Giorgos Lanthimos is in any danger of being murdered any time soon. Dogtooth works on many levels, makes a lot of statements and asks a lot of question. It's a dark comedy but it's pretty light on laughs to be honest and although it says a lot, it's a little bit like being told the same joke over and over again, or at least it is until the last thrilling 15 minutes when Utopia's flaws are revealed. It's a great film and it is beautifully filmed. Lanthimos is definitely a director to keep an eye out for, that's for sure.

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SirPant

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Older Daughter: Do that again, bitch, and I'll rip your guts out. I swear on my daughter's life you and your clan won't last long in this neighborhood.

Dogtooth is a film that will certainly make you say, "What the fuck." This is also a movie that I can see a lot of people turning off about five minutes in. It's a quiet, disturbing, slow film. There's also a lot of moments when I just didn't want to be watching what I was watching. It's just too weird to think about in spots, especially the sexual stuff between siblings. It's not a movie that will entertain you and you are sure to have zero fun while watching it, but it is extremely interesting if disgusting, creepy, disturbing, and repulsive. I watched the whole thing, and I'll say it is a well developed and made movie. I still didn't like it much.

The movie centers around a family of five living outside of the city. This family isn't normal. The parents keep their kids(a son and two daughters) at home all the time. They don't ever go out. They're home-schooled, except they're lied to. The parents tell them the wrong meanings of words, and protect them from things. Then again they'll tell the siblings that a cat is the most dangerous animal around and could eat them. It may sound funny, but watching this movie is a disturbing ordeal. Still, I watched with my eyes glued to the tv. Why? I don't really know, it's just one of those things I couldn't stop watching.

The movie is really scary to think about and although it is a drama, it has a terrifying plot. To think of parents actually doing this to their kids is scary to think about. There are parts where it seems like the parents are almost sadistic in their approach to their kids. Are they though? Or maybe they think this is actually what's best for them. Maybe they think they truly are protecting their kids from the dangers of the real world. That delusion will be shattered. The ending will truly mess with you. It certainly did me.†

I'm giving this a favorable review because it did exactly what the director set out to do. In all honesty, it deserves five stars because it is absolutely perfect at evoking the feelings it tries to evoke. I just can't give it anymore because I am so repulsed. Damn, this doesn't happen to me often, but this one did it. I have to respect it for that. Truly disturbing.†
July 21, 2012
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Melvin White

Super Reviewer

The intriguing plot may not be that original (The Village comes to mind), but there is something really fascinating in this extreme case of parental overprotection that goes beyond the bizarre - raising inevitable questions about human nature, innocence and what differentiates us from animals.
July 3, 2012
blacksheepboy

Super Reviewer

Unsettling in an amazing amount of respects, Dogtooth is a metaphor gone to the depths of possibility, coming out the other side as a dramatic piece about the overbearing nature of parents. Two parents lock their adult children into their home and create a distinct dreamland, misdirecting their attention from real world issues, and lying to them constantly, including hiding the telephone, lying about the dangers of cats, telling them fake definitions for common words, and perpetuating a violent household by not letting their natural curiosities become sated and their questions left hanging without answer. When an outsider comes into the household everything changes for the family, as everyone starts questioning the ethics of their parents, and the decisions they have lived with their entire lives. The dynamic isn't all too interesting, and since most of this takes place in one vicinity and with several lifeless characters, it repeats itself again and again with its contant message. The characters aren't all too fleshed out, and most of this lingers on the main idea instead of exploring the reasons for the parents' decisions. The violence, sexual misadventures and taboos, I believe, are there for the sake of the film and not just to simply shock once you're comfortable with the misanthropic nature of the characters. It's obvious from the beginning that the nuclear family will not end their time well, and the film will be about exploring their realizations and bitter resignation as the outside world slowly creeps in. The ending is possibly hopeful, as the fence will soon be broached and all the lies their parents told repetitively will be proved to be just that. Most of the lies themselves are explained and their motives are evident, but the reasoning behind why they were told in the first place remains foggy. If the characters weren't so one dimensional and empty this would have been a more empathetic film overall, but I find it unrealistic and pandering throughout as a result.
April 29, 2012
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    1. Father: Soon your mother will give birth to two children and a dog.
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