• Hounddog
    2 minutes 53 seconds
    Added: Dec 15, 2008

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Hounddog Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Dakota Fanning takes an impressive step forward in her career, but that's about the only good thing about Hounddog.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

September 19, 2008
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Take away the 'hound' part of the title and you have an appropriate descriptor of this production.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 18, 2008

... a laughably lurid, vulgar parade of barefoot children, Gothic stereotypes, and "Fetch me a Co-Cola" dialogue you thought had gone out with God's Little Acre and Tobacco Road.

Full Review Source: MSNBC | Original Score: 1/5

September 16, 2008
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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Only Fanning's emotional honesty makes Hounddog watchable.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

October 18, 2008
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net

The much-hyped rape scene isn't even remotely the worst offense of this tedious and overrated film.

Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net | Original Score: 3/10

January 23, 2007
David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
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A slow procession of degradation and suffering, Hounddog is like a tall glass of bitter iced tea.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 1/4

September 25, 2008
Kam Williams
NewsBlaze

An ill-advised variation on Black Snake Moan touting loss of innocence as a source of inspiration.

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze | Original Score: 1/4

September 17, 2008
Robert Davis
Paste Magazine

Instead of embracing its pulpy nature, it aims for seriousness, then gives us cornpone performances, a lightning bolt that triggers a tractor's ejector seat, and a simple-minded view of saintly black folk who possess a dangerous blues.

Full Review Source: Paste Magazine | Original Score: 28/100

September 19, 2008
Mark Peikert
New York Press

As anyone could have predicted about a movie that generated so much negative buzz for its depiction of the rape of a young girl in rural Alabama during the 1950s, Hounddog is entirely underwhelming.

Full Review Source: New York Press

September 17, 2008
Todd McCarthy
Variety
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Hounddog is an indigestible gumbo of Southern Gothic ingredients seasoned with snake oil, biblical hash and thoroughly unpalatable spice.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 23, 2007
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com

Fanning resembles an acting robot: stick a quarter in her head and she'll dial up any reaction in the book, absent the needed gravitas.

Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com | Original Score: D+

October 2, 2008
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze

While the sexualization on screen of a twelve year old actress is dismissed by the filmmaker and some anti-rape organizations because it's intended to focus on a grave crime, one hand washing the other is not the point.

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

August 17, 2008
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

An exploitation movie about people lacking even a modicum of common sense--in this case '50s era Southerners--writer/director Deborah Kampmeier's "Hounddog" is an insult to its audience and to the actors that signed on for her abysmal experiment.

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: D-

August 24, 2008
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media

Notorious Dakota Fanning indie too adult for kids.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 2/5

September 17, 2008
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

This slice of southern gothic is deep fried in almost every cliche you could mention from the last 50 years - and served up with an unfortunate side order of snakes.

Full Review Source: Eye for Film | Original Score: 2/5

December 7, 2007
Jamie Tipps
Film Threat

If it was a better quality film, the infamous scene might be justified if it served to enhance the whole. In a bad film, however, it just feels exploitative.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 1.5/5

January 30, 2007
Michelle Orange
Village Voice
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The symbolism [is] clobbering.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

September 17, 2008
Kim Voynar
Cinematical

[Fanning] has the talent, in abundance. Let's see it put to use in better films going forward.

Full Review Source: Cinematical | Original Score: 2.5/5

January 26, 2007
Matt Pais
Metromix.com

People have called Hounddog the 'Dakota Fanning rape movie' not to be insensitive to victims of sexual abuse but because that's all there is to the film.

Full Review Source: Metromix.com | Original Score: 2/5

September 18, 2008
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Under the circumstances, Fanning is remarkably collected and even dignified. As for the rest of the gang, they ought to be returned to sender.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: F

September 17, 2008
Brent Simon
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Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
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