Alpha Reviews

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May 15, 2019
Alpha tells an interesting story with a compelling lead performance, but the pacing issues make the movie a struggle to get through.
December 21, 2018
Yes, it's Old Yeller meets Hell in the Pacific, and I wish the movie were half as good as that logline suggests it would be.
December 21, 2018
The familiar "boy and his dog" tale receives a bit of a welcome twist.
November 27, 2018
Gorgeous to behold. Largely emotionally inert.
October 15, 2018
When it works, it's majestic; when it doesn't, it's like one of those t-shirts with an airbrushed image of a wolf howling at the moon, rendered in absurd clarity.
October 11, 2018
Gets lost in the stone age.
September 24, 2018
In spite of some epic visuals, Alpha feels overly familiar as it lumbers towards a plodding and predictable final act.
September 9, 2018
Visually magnificent, dramatically familiar.
September 6, 2018
Aside from the beautiful visuals that set an impressive pre-historic look, the film dragged.
August 31, 2018
... Alfa ends up being slow, with a simple story and with very little authenticity. [Full Review in Spanish]
August 26, 2018
Not even the interpreters are credible. [Full Review in Spanish]
August 24, 2018
It's basically The Revenant meets Barbara Woodhouse, with a hefty dollop of schmaltz, full of clichés...and hilariously portentous subtitled dialogue.
August 24, 2018
Rendered with too much ropey CGI, and topped and tailed with theme-explicating voiceover by Morgan Freeman, the results are corny in the extreme.
August 23, 2018
This isn't the Ice Age that your unkempt ancestors would have etched about in cave paintings, but some kind of iPad edition.
August 23, 2018
The remarkable Ice Age setting is all that distinguishes - and not by much - a depressingly conventional boy-and-his-dog story.
August 23, 2018
Give director Albert Hughes an A for ambition, but a C for cornball achievement. As a piece of prehistory, the movie is maybe a cut above One Million Years B.C., but with cheesier visual effects.
August 22, 2018
Underdeveloped details ding this movie in small but significant ways.
August 17, 2018
It's a modest plot, and director and co-writer Albert Hughes (The Book of Eli) never quite manages to give the material the existential oomph required of a lost-in-the-wilderness tale.
August 16, 2018
Watching these pockets of pure cinema emerge from a "crowd-pleasing" story of a boy and his dog may just be one of the oddest experiences you have at the movies this summer.
August 16, 2018
Hughes' handling of the material is unfailingly serious but the picture's tendency to stray into the ridiculous robs it of the majesty the director so clearly hoped to achieve.
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