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Dog Pound Reviews

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Top Critic
Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
March 19, 2013
The movie never loses its miserable outlook; Chapiron practically revels in the ever-present dreariness.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Mike Edwards
What Culture
February 1, 2011
Intense scenes of violence build to a conclusion that will leave you shaken.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
September 1, 2010
The film is graced by excellent acting and based on extensive research.
| Original Score: 3/5
Philip Kemp
Total Film
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

Daily Express (UK)
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
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
August 28, 2010
Impressively directed, superbly acted teen prison drama that packs a powerful emotional punch.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
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
David Aldridge
Radio Times
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
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
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
Xan Brooks
Guardian
August 26, 2010
Handles its brief with pace and precision.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
David Jenkins
Time Out
August 26, 2010
[A] snarling but predictable survival tale...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
August 26, 2010
Graphic and gonzo at best, at worst Dog Pound suffers from a lack of viewpoint.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chris Prince
Sky Movies
August 26, 2010
Tough, confrontational and thought-provoking cinema that, like its protagonists, deserves to get a fair chance on its release.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Martin Roberts
Fan The Fire
August 19, 2010
Building to a bravado climax that suddenly becomes almost apocalyptic in its aesthetic, the film succeeds wholeheartedly in breaking through its inspirations to stand on its own as a great prison movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
August 19, 2010
Re-deploys cliches with originality and skill.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Perri Nemiroff
CinemaBlend.com
August 13, 2010
It's painful, beautiful, heart wrenching and endearing and will leave you completely overtaken by the events you just witnessed.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Frank Lovece
Film Journal International
April 1, 2013
Overheated melodrama of inmates at a juvenile detention facility hits all the prison-movie clichés.
Top Critic
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
March 28, 2013
Without a strong political point (unlike its source material), "Dog Pound" feels hollow and hopeless.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Top Critic
David Fear
Time Out
March 26, 2013
Neither the film's bark nor its bite leaves much of a mark.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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