Alpha Reviews

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August 26, 2018
It's fine.
August 26, 2018
Not even the interpreters are credible. [Full Review in Spanish]
August 26, 2018
The story is engaging if a little schmaltzy. But dog people will lap this one up.
August 26, 2018
The story is simple: subtitled dialogue, in an unspecified ancient language, is basic; the tale is one of subsistence rather than spiritual insight. But this Albert Hughes-directed adventure is visually stunning.
August 25, 2018
It works because of the sense of visual splendour and scope that co-writer/director Albert Hughes brings to it.
August 25, 2018
Hughes again demonstrates a striking eye, but he should have gone further. Still, it's an interesting film, best viewed on the biggest screen you can find.
August 25, 2018
...When you're starting from scratch, claw and bite, there's a lot of trust-building that has to happen. Not just between the animal and the human, but between film and the audience. For recreating the boy and his dog story... Alpha gets a cookie.
August 24, 2018
Alpha is a stirring top-tier adventure.
August 24, 2018
A work of great imagination but devoid of wasteful excess, grounding his straightforward tale in recognizable human-and animal-behaviors.
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
Smit-McPhee has to do most of the heavy lifting, and he does so with such magnetism, he puts the aurora borealis sequence to shame.
August 24, 2018
Alpha is splendidly photographed, nicely paced, and allows us to imagine what it must have been like to live short, brutal, vivid lives surrounded by natural predators.
August 24, 2018
It's a type of film which doesn't get made anymore. Watch it for its uniqueness as well as the warm-hearted tale it unfolds...
August 24, 2018
A surprisingly effective dog's tale.
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 24, 2018
The cinematography is breathtaking and Smit-McPhee gives a solid performance, but the sense of being on an epic adventure never quite takes flight, perhaps because it lacks a villain.
August 23, 2018
This gritty and heart-warming fictional backstory to one of the most unique relationships we share with our furry friends makes it essential viewing for every dog-lover.
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.
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