Alpha Reviews

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September 26, 2018
It's not so much a performance from Smit-Mcphee as a totally credible and unselfconscious demonstration of what it would be like to fight for your life against hunger and exposure
August 29, 2018
It is difficult not to be impressed by much of what does arrive on screen.
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 23, 2018
Comfort food, yes, but more edible than many another burnt offering.
August 17, 2018
Evidently, facts aren't terribly important here (even the movie's title comes from a civilization that's still millennia away), but if you can get past that, there's a moderately gripping tale of survival and natural kinship to be had.
August 17, 2018
There's a pleasant, old-fashioned feel to Alpha. It plays like one of those Disneynature movies with sharper edges.
August 17, 2018
Seeing Alpha on as big and splashy a screen as possible is advisable, preferably with children who can handle occasional scenes of intense peril.
August 16, 2018
You know Sheila the She-Wolf from "Glow" on Netflix? "Alpha" would be her favorite movie.
August 16, 2018
The story is straightforward, directional, a direct but difficult path from danger to safety, punctuated by life-threatening adventures. What could have made other storytellers stir-crazy seems to have unleashed something philosophical in Albert Hughes.
August 16, 2018
Smit-McPhee's performance is astonishing, and believable in every respect as a boy on the cusp of adulthood who must dig deep to find the courage and resourcefulness to survive.
August 16, 2018
It's the coming-of-Ice-Age parable you didn't know you really needed.
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.
August 16, 2018
Smit-McPhee is... quite affecting, in a performance that calls for very little speaking, and a screen partner that is, well, known for chewing the scenery.
August 16, 2018
Mr. Hughes, who for many years cocreated films with his twin brother, Allen, and here makes his solo feature debut, is a sharp and engaged visual storyteller. It's a pleasure to see him working in expansive wide-screen, a fitting format for his chops.
August 16, 2018
A rugged adventure story for young viewers with strong stomachs.
August 16, 2018
The stylishly crafted film mostly succeeds in its engaging (and tagline-ready) ambition to chronicle "how mankind discovered man's best friend," even if its naturalistic strengths are swapped out for an exaggeratedly epic tone in the later going.
August 16, 2018
For the most part, the film is harrowing, suspenseful and gritty - and a perfect vehicle for impressive 3-D effects that bring to life an exquisitely beautiful but unforgiving land.
August 15, 2018
Hughes' efforts to bring emotional drama to the proceedings fall flat... relying on coming-of-age clichés that strip the story of any real surprise.
August 15, 2018
This is a summer movie that feels designed to transport a younger audience somewhere, not just drag them along for whatever PG-13 ride has been deemed kid-friendly by default.
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