Dogtooth (Kynodontas) Reviews

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Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
May 8, 2010
There is no rigor here, only cold intentionality.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
June 24, 2010
A bizarre and gross tale of family values, home schooling, and isolation from the world.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
April 25, 2011
A miserable, consistently worthless piece of work...
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
April 28, 2010
Films with a distinct view are welcome but not when they are as minimalist, grainy, bereft of soundtrack music and lacking in entertainment value as this one.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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New York Daily News
June 25, 2010
The father is the only one who can leave the house to go to his factory job, and that seems like a paradise for viewers trapped watching this clinically shot claptrap.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
February 14, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Pamela Jahn
Electric Sheep
April 8, 2010
Marking Lanthimos out as a great talent to watch, Dogtooth is a bold and unsettling mini-marvel that first sneaks up on you before biting you to the bone.
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
July 9, 2010
Giorgos Lanthimos' sublimely unsettling parable begins with an outlandish idea and follows it through with devastating logic.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 8, 2010
Dogtooth is like a car crash. You cannot look away.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Phillips
At the Movies
July 12, 2010
You cannot recommend it lightly because it's disturbing, but it's good.
Simon Foster
sbs.com.au
April 18, 2011
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.
Adam Lippe
Examiner.com
June 25, 2010
A litmus test for not just how much de-glamorized sex and violence you can handle but whether or not you want to be assaulted by a sea of nothingness that will stay with you for days. Sitting in stunned silence seems like an appropriate reaction.
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David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle
September 2, 2010
Doesn't rank as a great film, but it's difficult to take your eyes off it, as you wonder what impossibly bizarre thing might happen next.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
May 26, 2010
The most original, challenging, and perverse film of the year so far, Giorgos Lanthimos's artfully rigorous treatise on human conditioning can be viewed as absurdist horror or the cruelest of comedies.
Laurence Boyce
Little White Lies
April 23, 2010
A stunning experience that will leave you shaking afterwards.
| Original Score: 4/5
Scott Weinberg
Cinematical
September 21, 2009
Suffice to say that we won't be seeing an American remake of this one any time soon.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 29, 2010
One of the most surprising, entertaining and eccentric films released this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Simon Weaving
Screenwize
November 12, 2009
Riding the perverse line between bizarre, awkward and darkly funny, this award-winning film follows the strange antics of three siblings brought up by their misguided parents in complete isolation from the rest of the world.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
December 3, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Karina Longworth
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
June 22, 2010
This pastel-colored portrait of disaster capitalism was made long before the Greek economic crisis, and that's something of a relief: Straight parable could never feel as urgent and unexpectedly moving.
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