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Dogman (2018)



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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Marcello is a simple man, whose life revolves around his grooming salon for dogs and his daughter Sofia; Simone is a former boxer with violent ways just released from prison. After a long series of abuses, Marcello decides to help Simoncino in some robberies, but he ends up having to serve a year in prison. Once he left and realized he was alone, Marcello decided to take revenge.


Edoardo Pesce
as Simoncino
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Critic Reviews for Dogman

All Critics (50) | Top Critics (7)

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

September 16, 2018 | Full Review…

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

September 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


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.

Carlos Magalhães
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