Alpha Dog Reviews

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November 6, 2010
This inspired-by-reality tale is essentially an emotional snuff film. It's the kind of misguided effort a middle-aged director indulges in when he wants to reinvent himself as edgy.
June 25, 2007
A lackluster teenage true-crime tale.
April 20, 2007
You know you're in trouble the second you take a look at Bruce Willis's fake liver spots.
April 20, 2007
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.
April 19, 2007
A movie which has been put together with occasional skill but lacks a compelling reason to exist.
March 4, 2007
As it happens, not all dogs to to heaven. Some go straight to hell, and Alpha Dog gets there faster and stays there longer than most.
February 24, 2007
The film's most resonant insight%u2014not a new one%u2014is that the boys' mutual violence and abuse form a sort of intimacy. No matter what else they miss, they understand their own fearfulness and disloyalty.
February 21, 2007
Watching it is like being trapped at the biggest boneheaded gathering of snowballing stupidity you can imagine
February 3, 2007
The worst movie of the year.
January 20, 2007
Even though we are less than two weeks into the new year, here is a film that is already a strong contender for the title of Worst Film of 2007.
January 15, 2007
Cassavetes' script buries a lot of character and thematic ambitions in the facts of the case.
January 15, 2007
Despite some rather surprisingly good acting by some of the most unlikely of cast members, the film's directing and editing style ultimately ruin Alpha Dog.
January 15, 2007
All the overacting from the white boyz in the hood is nothing compared to the final speech from Sharon Stone, the alpha and omega of bad Hollywood actresses.
January 15, 2007
Alpha Dog's characters adopt poses that they've seen on television and in the movies, and the same goes for the young cast hamming it up as if they watched their Scarface DVDs too many times in preparation.
January 15, 2007
Sharon Stone's teary monologue near the end of the film might be more effective if she weren't buried inside a fat suit that makes her look like Jiminy Glick.
January 13, 2007
Essentially, the experience is watching awful actors playing dumb people in a story that carries no weight or emotional investment. This is one pup that needs to be put to sleep.
January 13, 2007
Alpha Dog is no travesty, but I would trade 95 percent accuracy for, say, 25 percent insight.
January 13, 2007
January 13, 2007
Timberlake has his breakout performance here, proving that he's not some pretty boy from a teen pop idol group.
January 12, 2007
It's like an actor's workshop at a community college where the instructor keeps screaming "Emote! Emote!" to the students.
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