Dog Eat Dog Reviews

November 17, 2016
A crassly nihilistic crime movie that is brought to you by the veteran director Paul Schrader and the often dazzling lead actors Nicolas Cage and Willem Dafoe, Dog Eat Dog is a waste of their talents.
November 14, 2016
Instantly forgettable, and there's nothing wrong with that.
November 14, 2016
The biggest waste is Cage: a brief spot of shit-losing would've gone a long way to elevating this forgettable thriller.
November 10, 2016
Dog Eat Dog occasionally positions itself as social commentary, but it's mainly a bloody, trippy, bare-fanged pulp thriller featuring terrifically entertaining performances from old dogs Cage and Dafoe.
November 10, 2016
Dog Eat Dog is at its best when it's both strangely fascinating and repellant...But, like a fat tire with a nail, it loses air as it goes along and you're just left hoping that Cage and Dafoe bought themselves something nice with their paychecks.
November 7, 2016
Schrader thrusts the amoral ugliness onto the screen in puckishly cold compositions suffused with screechingly acidulous colors.
November 4, 2016
A movie that seemed to be ultimately interested in yelling at the audience, and talking to itself.
November 4, 2016
A giant middle finger to anyone who's ever forced Paul Schrader to compromise.
November 4, 2016
Dog Eat Dog may be successfully alienating, but that doesn't mean it's entertaining, thoughtful or even successfully provocative.
November 3, 2016
Too often the movie is content to come off like a cranky old uncle who's seen a lot more crime movies than you have.
Top Critic
November 3, 2016
The film might have taken a more original route to perdition. You can never guess what wild-eyed prank Schrader will pull next, but his characters are more predictable.
November 3, 2016
Hardly the kind of prickly, illuminating male-pattern badness we've come to expect from Schrader.
November 3, 2016
Movie fans might be better off watching a dog actually munch on another dog.
November 3, 2016
Dog Eat Dog avoids any relationship between character psychology and visual style; they jab against each other, angrily vying for attention, as a nihilistic commentary on crime movies and genre stories.
November 1, 2016
Why watch the nihilistic Dog Eat Dog ... when Schrader has made so many other movies that deal far more tenderly - and equally brutally - with characters of a similar ilk - his criminals, outsiders and losers?
May 20, 2016
The film positively swills in its disreputability and all-around low-budgetness; sporting a healthy disregard for respectability, Schrader has just gone for it here with a highly focused recklessness that he turns to his creative advantage.
May 20, 2016
Like the criminals, who don't have even so much as a code among thieves to abide by, Schrader's choices nearly all seem to be arbitrary. Instead of coming off as veterans who know what they're doing, the result feels dangerously amateur.
May 20, 2016
Plot strands are left dangling; but Schrader carries it off. He still has flair.