Straw Dogs Reviews

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
June 7, 2012
In the history of remakes, this really isn't a bad one...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Linda Cook
KWQC-TV (Iowa)
December 22, 2011
It was a different era, a different time in American culture. Sam Peckinpah's 1971 'Straw Dogs' arguably has become a classic. It was a controversial film when it was released because of its depiction of a sexual assault.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Phil Villarreal
OK! Magazine
December 14, 2011
Rod Lurie's film equals the original and surpasses it in many ways.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 6, 2011
Peckinpah's most problematic film gets an intriguing, if flawed, update from film critic-turned-director Rod Lurie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
November 6, 2011
Ultimately Lurie's film isn't in the same class as Peckinpah's flawed classic, but it's a respectable, respectful and rather good film.
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
November 4, 2011
Still not for the fainthearted, the new Straw Dogs again has something to say about the kind of mob rule seen 80 years ago in Frankenstein (1931). And much of it is not at all pleasant.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jamie Graham
Total Film
November 4, 2011
Rod Lurie's remake transposes the action from cloudy Cornwall to sticky Mississippi but keeps the meat of the story intact, along with the violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
November 3, 2011
While there's no real reason for this retread of Sam Peckinpah's controversial 1971 film, even Hollywood can't destroy such a decent story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph
November 3, 2011
Rod Lurie has adapted with intelligence...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
November 3, 2011
Its dripping sense of menace still feels socially relevant, not only in terms of how quiet men can only be pushed so far and how much trouble they might bring upon themselves but also by illustrating what women can wear and when.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
November 3, 2011
The plot boils up nicely, warmed by Alexander Skarsgard's sinisterly compelling thug leader and set bubbling by James Woods's terrific turn as a semi-psychotic town elder.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jonathan Crocker
Little White Lies
November 3, 2011
Marsden, Bosworth and Skarsgård are superb. But what was the point?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jason Best
Movie Talk
November 3, 2011
The bristling hostility between the fancy-pants outsider and the local rednecks taps into the fractious culture wars currently being waged between America's West and East coast liberals and its heartland conservatives.
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
November 2, 2011
An effective thriller...but it's offering nothing new.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
November 2, 2011
Watchable, if largely pointless remake enlivened by a strong cast and an impressively staged third act, though it drags a little in the middle section and slightly sanitises the impact of the original film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 1, 2011
As close to the original as Lurie's well-made remake is, there remains a sizeable question mark over why Straw Dogs was revisited at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
October 7, 2011
... remakes Sam Peckinpah's 1971 sex-and-violence fantasy almost scene for scene (including Peckinpah's they-all-wanna-be-raped misogyny).
Full Review | Original Score: 3
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
September 23, 2011
It's a strong technical film, with good performances and a simmering intensity. If only I could figure out why this was necessary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Frank Wilkins
Frank's Reel Reviews
September 19, 2011
It's a good movie, but not a better remake.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jackie K. Cooper
jackiekcooper.com
September 18, 2011
This well made revenge tale has strong performances all around but James Woods steals the show
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Richard Roeper
ReelzChannel.com
March 10, 2012
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
December 30, 2011
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Jordan Riefe
TheWrap
September 17, 2011
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