Alpha Dog


Alpha Dog

Critics Consensus

A glossy yet unflinching portrait of violent, hedonistic teenagers. Bruce Willis and Sharon Stone chew the scenery, while Justin Timberlake gives a noteworthy performance.



Total Count: 144


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Frankie is a Los Angeles drug dealer. He comes from a good family, owns his home, several cars and enjoys partying with his friends. Frankie is 19. When his friend Jake welches on a debt, Frankie and his boys kidnap Jake's 15-year-old brother Butch and hold him as a marker. Even though Butch has numerous chances to escape, he doesn't. He's enjoying partying with them, losing his virginity and having a good time -- until something goes horribly wrong.


Emile Hirsch
as Johnny Truelove
Justin Timberlake
as Frankie Ballenbacher
Anton Yelchin
as Zack Mazursky
Ben Foster
as Jake Mazursky
Shawn Hatosy
as Elvis Schmidt
Bruce Willis
as Sonny Truelove
Sharon Stone
as Olivia Mazursky
Chris Marquette
as Keith Stratton
Lukas Haas
as Buzz Fecske
Alex Kingston
as Tiffy Hartunian
Harry Dean Stanton
as Cosmo Gadabeeti
Dominique Swain
as Susan Hartunian
David Thornton
as Butch Mazursky
Heather Wahlquist
as Wanda Haynes
Vincent Kartheiser
as Pick Giaimo
Alex Solowitz
as Bobby 911
Fernando Vargas
as Tiko `TKO' Martinez
Olivia Wilde
as Angela Holden
Holt McCallany
as Det. Tom Finnegan
Alec Vigil
as P.J. Truelove
Matthew Barry
as Interviewer
Frank Cassavetes
as Adrian Jones
Nicole Dubos
as Neighborhood Girl on Couch
Regina Rice
as Dance Bitch Girl
Laura Nativo
as Party Girl
Jesse Erwin
as Employee
Paul Johansson
as Peter Johansson
Nancy De Mayo
as Dale Dierker
Alexandra Cassavetes
as Jonna Kirshner
Chuck Pacheco
as Chucky Mota
Frank Peluso
as Gay `Lumpy' Yeager
Joshua Alba
as Klemash
Chris Kinkade
as Juergen Ballenbacher
Amanda Seyfried
as Julie Beckley
Charity Shea
as Sabrina Pope
Bobby Cooper
as Bob Nolder
Stephanie Fowler
as Delores Stratten
Natasha Elliott
as Bathroom Party Girl
Janet Jones
as Elaine Holden
Alan Thicke
as Douglas Holden
Adrianna Belan
as Leigh Fecske
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Critic Reviews for Alpha Dog

All Critics (144) | Top Critics (45) | Fresh (78) | Rotten (66)

  • Its originality lies in the fact that it depicts white middle-class kids on the loose, calling their women bitches and listening endlessly to violent, misogynist and homophobic black rap.

    Apr 20, 2007 | Rating: 3/5
  • Overall though, it's a messy, superficial affair: it lacks focus, shifts uneasily in tone, and shoehorns in star names (Sharon Stone, Bruce Willis) to little effect.

    Apr 20, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Steve Rose

    Top Critic
  • True, Alpha Dog is a film with no manners. But it has great nerve. What's truly impressive is how the splintered story is buried by individual performances.

    Apr 20, 2007 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • A movie which has been put together with occasional skill but lacks a compelling reason to exist.

    Apr 19, 2007 | Full Review…
  • Cassavetes uses a wide arsenal of flashy techniques...but his stylistic fourishes and some committed performances cannot disguise a certain emptiness where there should be tragedy.

    Apr 17, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Paul Arendt
    Top Critic
  • Justin Timberlake has what it takes to be a genuine movie star.

    Feb 5, 2007

Audience Reviews for Alpha Dog

  • Jun 14, 2015
    Amazing, Ben Foster really pulled off one of his best performances in my book for this one. Extremely sad to hear this is a true story, really pulled off the dramatic story.
    Shawn M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 17, 2014
    Directors C Super Reviewer
  • May 20, 2013
    Disturbing and powerful film. Surprisingly strong performance by Justin Timberlake and Yalchin.
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • Feb 23, 2013
    Well-crafted and provocative, Alpha Dog is a powerful crime drama. Based on a true story, the film follows a gangster that kidnaps the 15-year-old brother of a customer and holds him as ransom. Featuring Bruce Willis, Emile Hirsch, Justin Timberlake, Ben Foster, Anton Yelchin, and Amanda Seyfried, the film has a strong ensemble cast that delivers some impressive performances. Additionally, an interesting narrative style is used that incorporates pseudo-documentary elements. Though some liberties have been taken with the story, Alpha Dog is an entertaining and compelling film.
    Dann M Super Reviewer

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