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Dog Pound Reviews

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April 1, 2013
Overheated melodrama of inmates at a juvenile detention facility hits all the prison-movie clichés.
March 28, 2013
Without a strong political point (unlike its source material), "Dog Pound" feels hollow and hopeless.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
March 26, 2013
Neither the film's bark nor its bite leaves much of a mark.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 25, 2013
The plot willfully denies our satisfaction, often at the risk of compromising its own structural integrity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 19, 2013
The movie never loses its miserable outlook; Chapiron practically revels in the ever-present dreariness.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
February 1, 2011
Intense scenes of violence build to a conclusion that will leave you shaken.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 1, 2010
The film is graced by excellent acting and based on extensive research.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
September 1, 2010
With largely improvised dialogue and a cast including genuine ex-offenders, Chapiron captures a powerful stench of authenticity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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 clichés along the way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
August 28, 2010
Impressively directed, superbly acted teen prison drama that packs a powerful emotional punch.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 27, 2010
Though Alan Clarke's original film still has the edge, this perhaps has more relevance for a new generation of cinemagoers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 26, 2010
Handles its brief with pace and precision.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 26, 2010
Kim Chapiron could make a seminal film about today's youth, but this isn't it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 26, 2010
There's something lacking in this respectable, effortful Scum-like drama from French director Kim Chapiron...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 26, 2010
Offers a punchy insight to prison life. Unfortunately, it is a familiar and tepid storyline.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 26, 2010
[A] snarling but predictable survival tale...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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