Dog Pound Reviews

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April 1, 2013
Overheated melodrama of inmates at a juvenile detention facility hits all the prison-movie clichs.
March 28, 2013
Without a strong political point (unlike its source material), "Dog Pound" feels hollow and hopeless.
March 26, 2013
Neither the film's bark nor its bite leaves much of a mark.
March 25, 2013
The plot willfully denies our satisfaction, often at the risk of compromising its own structural integrity.
March 19, 2013
The movie never loses its miserable outlook; Chapiron practically revels in the ever-present dreariness.
February 1, 2011
Intense scenes of violence build to a conclusion that will leave you shaken.
September 1, 2010
The film is graced by excellent acting and based on extensive research.
September 1, 2010
With largely improvised dialogue and a cast including genuine ex-offenders, Chapiron captures a powerful stench of authenticity.
August 30, 2010
Covers predictable ground with admirable sincerity and is notable for some eye-catching performances, not least that of Adam Butcher as an angry young man.
August 30, 2010
[Chapiron] never lets things gets boring, even if he can't help indulging in a few too many prison movie clichs along the way.
August 29, 2010
There's no doubting the seriousness of the point Chapiron is trying to make regarding the way that young criminals can become trapped in a spiral of reoffending, but by pushing all the action into barely believable melodrama, his argument is weakened.
August 28, 2010
Impressively directed, superbly acted teen prison drama that packs a powerful emotional punch.
August 27, 2010
The ghost of Alan Clarke's Scum makes its presence felt in this lowering tale of a youth correctional facility in the American Midwest.
August 27, 2010
Though Alan Clarke's original film still has the edge, this perhaps has more relevance for a new generation of cinemagoers.
August 27, 2010
With a plot greased by spit, vomit and blood, it doesn't pack the same sucker-punch as the original but is never less than entertaining. Top dog.
August 26, 2010
Handles its brief with pace and precision.
August 26, 2010
Kim Chapiron could make a seminal film about today's youth, but this isn't it.
August 26, 2010
There's something lacking in this respectable, effortful Scum-like drama from French director Kim Chapiron...
August 26, 2010
Offers a punchy insight to prison life. Unfortunately, it is a familiar and tepid storyline.
August 26, 2010
[A] snarling but predictable survival tale...
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