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Alpha Dog Reviews

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Brian Marder
Hollywood.com
November 20, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
| Original Score: 3/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
August 10, 2007
Cassavetes' film is pure Hollywood fiction and sensationalism mixed with some sense of reality, but hell I enjoyed it a great deal...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mark Adams
Sunday Mirror (UK)
April 20, 2007
Stylishly and thoughtfully directed by Nick Cassavetes, Alpha Dog is occasionally chilling, but always absorbing.
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
April 20, 2007
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
April 20, 2007
Nick Cassavetes' film combines an aimless ramble through juvenile depravity in the affluent suburbs of LA and a quite disturbing evocation of the true-life murder of an adolescent boy in 1999.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Johnny Vaughan
The Sun (UK)
April 20, 2007
It's Beverly Hills 90210 on crystal meth as a gang of posh potheads lose the plot when a kidnapping goes wrong.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5

Daily Mirror (UK)
April 20, 2007
The movie may lose its way in the last 15 minutes but everything leading up to that point is gripping, edge-of-your-seat stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jonathan Dean
Total Film
April 20, 2007
Lengthy and often off-hot topic, this is still a gripping saga with stand-out turns from Timberlake, Hirsch and kid-in-the-spotlight Yelchin.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Times (UK)
April 20, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 20, 2007
Worth seeing for Stone's grotesque bow and some great youthful performances. But it's not half as gritty as it thinks it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Olly Richards
Empire Magazine
April 20, 2007
It suffers from ADD, but there's some terrific stuff in here. Leaving 15 minutes from the end and saving yourself a lumbering coda may improve enjoyment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
April 19, 2007
Emotionally engaging, impressively directed and frequently tense drama with strong performances from a terrific ensemble cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Paul Arendt
BBC.com
April 17, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 24, 2007
Cassavetes, first and foremost, made Alpha Dog a great ensemble piece, a decision that really distinguishes the film from its lesser teenage crime counterparts.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
February 5, 2007
Justin Timberlake has what it takes to be a genuine movie star.
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
February 3, 2007
A little long and pushy, but very well-played and at times utterly harrowing
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Pete Hammond
Maxim
January 19, 2007
This movie is on fire. An edgy and startling film, definitely starts the 2007 movie year off with a bang!
| Original Score: 4/5
January 17, 2007
This won't run at the front of the movie pack but it has bite.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Ethan Alter
Premiere Magazine
January 17, 2007
At its best, the film offers a pointed critique of a youth culture that views someone like Jesse James Hollywood as a person to emulate.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Peg Aloi
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
January 13, 2007
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