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Alpha Dog Reviews

April 19, 2007
A movie which has been put together with occasional skill but lacks a compelling reason to exist.
February 5, 2007
Justin Timberlake has what it takes to be a genuine movie star.
February 3, 2007
The worst movie of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/6
January 13, 2007
Alpha Dog is no travesty, but I would trade 95 percent accuracy for, say, 25 percent insight.
January 12, 2007
Cassavetes starts to lose the plot at the precise moment he starts keeping exact track of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 12, 2007
[Alpha Dog is] intermittently bemused or tragic, but utterly lacking a conscience or a point of view.
Read More | Original Score: C
January 12, 2007
Alpha Dog, a tale of a group of drug-fueled teenagers, is gritty to the point of painful abrasion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 12, 2007
As uneven as the film is, those with strong stomachs will find it worth sticking with.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 12, 2007
[Writer/director Cassavetes] never masters the tone and lands as many unintentional laughs as intentional ones. But he still manages, on occasion, to chill you to the bone.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
January 12, 2007
Alpha Dog may have some of Larry Clark's territory, and even some of Tarantino's markings. But it's still a mutt. And no matter how much it marks its territory, it never finds its own way home.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
January 12, 2007
Irresponsible, uncommercial but surprisingly watchable.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 12, 2007
Who would have thought that a real-life tale of sex, drugs and murder could be so instantly forgettable?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 12, 2007
As successful as the unlikely casting of Timberlake turns out to be, some of Cassavetes' other choices are disastrous.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
January 12, 2007
Recovering from the Harlequin bathos of The Notebook, writer-director Nick Cassavetes directs this bogus-homeboy scenario as though his street cred depended on it.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
January 12, 2007
Alpha Dog is a commanding ensemble piece.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 12, 2007
Disturbing and energizing at the same time, Alpha Dog channels a flood of young talent through a story of foggy intentions, bad decisions and righteous partying that works because it feels (and is) so dangerously real.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
January 12, 2007
While Alpha Dog is a cautionary tale, it too often revels in its own bad-boy attitude.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
January 12, 2007
There's a feel of authenticity about Alpha Dog, primarily because of the performances of the young actors.
Read More | Original Score: B-
January 12, 2007
I truly doubt Hollywood will produce anything this year that bottoms Alpha Dog for offensively bad filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
January 12, 2007
The movie's biggest surprise is Timberlake, who finds the heart and soul of the not-so-tough Frankie and makes him the film's most complete character.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 12, 2007
These aren't the psychologically exploded youths of Rebel Without a Cause, or even The Outsiders. They're characters in a long, violent, unbleeped episode of MTV's Cribs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 11, 2007
Cassavetes -- a sometime actor himself -- doesn't seem to understand actors at all. From the finished product, it looks as if his preferred method of guiding his actors is to egg them on rather than nudge them toward restraint.
January 11, 2007
Alpha Dog is almost a sociological study of a youthful culture awash in freedom and steeped in violence, drugs, casual sex and offensive language. It also shines a light on parents who have abdicated their positions of guidance and discipline.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 11, 2007
The incessant reminders of the outcome, along with the liberal use of split screen, serve only to create a disconnect from what's on-screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 11, 2007
The movie suffers from an uncertain structure, but it boasts an extraordinary naturalism, not particularly flattering.
January 11, 2007
Alpha Dog has much the same entertainment value you get from watching monkeys fling scat at one another in a zoo or reading the latest issue of Star magazine.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
January 11, 2007
There's more voyeurism going on here, and less insight into a certain culture (the young and the wasted), than the filmmakers would probably admit to, but the performances are scarily real, and the outcome, well, is just scary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 11, 2007
Among the many movies about the California drug scene and lowlife, youthful wannabe thugs, Alpha Dog is far from the leader of the pack.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
January 11, 2007
'This'll be over by tomorrow,' the big dog says to his prey at one point. Alpha Dog is full of good actors, young and old, making the most of such deceptively simple lines.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 11, 2007
Rather than turn the camera away when disaster strikes, [director Cassavetes] keeps his suffering characters in close, uninterrupted focus, pushing us squarely into their pain.
January 11, 2007
Cassavetes coaxes persuasive performances from Justin Timberlake and Anton Yelchin in this flashy re-creation of a 1999 kidnapping-murder in cushy Southern California, which overdoes the seamy side of suburbia angle.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 11, 2007
In his best film to date, Nick Cassavetes directs with ferocious energy, taking scenes past their logical stopping points and pushing his actors to, but never over, the precipice of absurdity.
January 11, 2007
Apart from the grim forebodings of tragedy, writer-director Nick Cassavetes seems to have modeled this ambitious docudrama on Larry Clark's kiddie-porn shockers, but he doesn't know what to leave out, and the movie becomes excessively complicated.
January 11, 2007
Nick Cassavetes' new film, Alpha Dog, has a compelling, ripped-from-the-headlines vibe.
Read More | Original Score: B-
January 11, 2007
Director Nick Cassavetes should be commended for the unflinching manner in which he tells the story -- it packs a punch, although it lingers too long to be truly unsettling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 10, 2007
Cassavetes (The Notebook) throws in everything he can recycle to grab a core-demo viewer -- slutty teens making out, blaring rock music, guns, split screens.
Full Review | Original Score: C
January 9, 2007
The idea may sound melodramatic but the result has realistic bite.
January 9, 2007
If nothing else, Alpha Dog's worth a look for the performance of Justin Timberlake, the moral center of a movie sorely in need of some conscience.
January 8, 2007
Timberlake walks off with the movie. Too bad it's not worth stealing.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
December 30, 2006
Director Nick Cassavetes has a blast with scenes of testosterone-fueled aggression (until it's time to repent), working the subwoofer in a way that'll surely boost DVD sales among boys with bedroom posters of Tony Montana.
December 30, 2006
This is a well-made ensemble movie in which actors take chances with uncomfortably repulsive characters or roles unlike any previous performances.
January 28, 2006
Alpha Dog is standard-issue tabloid fare pimped out as a serious true-crime saga.