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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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  • A first-rate character study and morality play, set inside a rough-and-tumble drama from the mob world.

    Jun 20, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • "Dogman" begins as a compelling morality tale about the price of loyalty and personal compromise, but turns out to be a strangely indeterminate - and numbingly familiar - portrait of human nature at its most bestial and self-defeating.

    May 7, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The movie is a parable about what happens if we allow the takers, the bullies, and the ego-monsters to dictate our lives unopposed; as such, it's relevant to history and to today's headlines.

    May 1, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

    Boston Globe
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  • A bare-bones breakdown of Matteo Garrone's David-and-Goliath parable hardly does justice to the violent agony and modest ecstasy you get on screen.

    Apr 25, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • "Dogman" is a strange case: Great actor, great character, but a story that's like an overstretched anecdote infused with art-film portent.

    Apr 24, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Instead of sentimentalizing his character, Mr. Fonte gives a superbly austere performance, with comic dimensions, in which Marcello becomes a haunted, and haunting, enigma.

    Apr 12, 2019 | Full Review…

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  • Oct 02, 2018
    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 M Super Reviewer

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