Dogman (2019)

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Critic Consensus: Dogman offers a grim character study set apart by Marcello Fonte's performance and director Matteo Garrone's tight grip on the material.

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In a seaside village on the outskirts of an Italian city, where the only law seems to be survival of the fittest, Marcello is a slight, mild-mannered man who divides his days between working at his modest dog grooming salon, caring for his daughter Alida, and being coerced into the petty criminal schemes of the local bully Simoncino, an ex-boxer who terrorizes the neighborhood. When Simoncino's abuse finally brings Marcello to a breaking point, he decides to stand up for his own dignity through an act of vengeance, with unintended consequences.

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Critic Reviews for Dogman

All Critics (53) | Top Critics (7)

Matteo Garrone's unflinching character study... has a strong chance at the Oscars because of Fonte's expressive performance

Sep 16, 2018 | Full Review…

The naively amenable character is wonderfully observed by Fonte, and early scenes show delicious whimsy and black comedy.

Sep 5, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The overall feel is of the kind of Aesop's fable Scorsese would tell his kids.

May 25, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

I might have bought what he's doing in a different film, but the one that Garrone has made strains too hard to have it both ways.

May 19, 2018 | Full Review…

This isn't all that much of a mystery... Garrone's oppressively bleak new film isn't memorable enough to help us with that. Woof.

May 17, 2018 | Rating: C | Full Review…

A teeth-chattering culmination of Matteo Garrone's darkest themes.

May 17, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Dogman

½

On a purely rational level, I can see what Garrone is trying to do here; in practice, though, his character's motivations are too puzzling, as his actions seem extremely unconvincing (no matter how brilliant Marcello Fonte is) and he only comes off as a passive idiot full of stupid ideas.

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