Alpha Dog Reviews

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November 20, 2008
August 7, 2008
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...
April 20, 2007
Stylishly and thoughtfully directed by Nick Cassavetes, Alpha Dog is occasionally chilling, but always absorbing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Top Critic
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.
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.
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.
April 19, 2007
Emotionally engaging, impressively directed and frequently tense drama with strong performances from a terrific ensemble cast.
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.
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.
February 5, 2007
Justin Timberlake has what it takes to be a genuine movie star.
February 3, 2007
A little long and pushy, but very well-played and at times utterly harrowing
January 19, 2007
This movie is on fire. An edgy and startling film, definitely starts the 2007 movie year off with a bang!
January 17, 2007
This won't run at the front of the movie pack but it has bite.
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.
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