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Dog Pound Reviews

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Robbie Collin
News of the World
August 26, 2010
Chapiron couldn't be telegraphing this stuff more obviously if he was standing down the end of Stansted runway with a pair of glow sticks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine
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
Matt Bochenski
Little White Lies
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
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
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
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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
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
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
Nev Pierce
Empire Magazine
August 26, 2010
Offers a punchy insight to prison life. Unfortunately, it is a familiar and tepid storyline.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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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
Frank Lovece
Film Journal International
April 1, 2013
Overheated melodrama of inmates at a juvenile detention facility hits all the prison-movie clichés.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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+
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
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David Jenkins
Time Out
August 26, 2010
[A] snarling but predictable survival tale...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
August 19, 2010
Re-deploys cliches with originality and skill.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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
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