Alpha Dog Reviews

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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
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.
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 19, 2007
A movie which has been put together with occasional skill but lacks a compelling reason to exist.
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.
February 5, 2007
Justin Timberlake has what it takes to be a genuine movie star.
February 3, 2007
The worst movie of the year.
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.
January 12, 2007
[Alpha Dog is] intermittently bemused or tragic, but utterly lacking a conscience or a point of view.
January 12, 2007
Alpha Dog, a tale of a group of drug-fueled teenagers, is gritty to the point of painful abrasion.
January 12, 2007
As uneven as the film is, those with strong stomachs will find it worth sticking with.
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.
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.
January 12, 2007
Irresponsible, uncommercial but surprisingly watchable.
January 12, 2007
Who would have thought that a real-life tale of sex, drugs and murder could be so instantly forgettable?
January 12, 2007
As successful as the unlikely casting of Timberlake turns out to be, some of Cassavetes' other choices are disastrous.
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.
January 12, 2007
Alpha Dog is a commanding ensemble piece.
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.
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