Dogman Reviews

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March 11, 2020
Told through unflinching shots in grayish hues, Matteo Garrone's film keeps viewers holding their breath to the bitter end.
August 23, 2019
Dogman can be unpleasant to watch, as films about bullying commonly are. But on its own terms it's well-made and even gripping.
August 16, 2019
Garrone originally wanted Roberto Benigni for this role, for his ability to combine humor with pathos; the unschooled Fonte is able to provide those same qualities without the hysterical mugging Benigni often slips into.
June 20, 2019
A first-rate character study and morality play, set inside a rough-and-tumble drama from the mob world.
May 7, 2019
"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 1, 2019
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.
April 25, 2019
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.
April 24, 2019
"Dogman" is a strange case: Great actor, great character, but a story that's like an overstretched anecdote infused with art-film portent.
April 12, 2019
Instead of sentimentalizing his character, Mr. Fonte gives a superbly austere performance, with comic dimensions, in which Marcello becomes a haunted, and haunting, enigma.
April 12, 2019
At its best, when we can live "Dogman" through Marcello's eyes, the movie keeps reminding you of that opening, of people and animals, menace and kindness, and the cages we sometimes don't realize we've made for ourselves.
April 12, 2019
Despite its hard message, Dogman comes across as sympathetic for any gentle soul trying to make a deal with the devil.
April 12, 2019
Garrone's forte, as ever, is to layer the brutish with the beautiful, and to find grace in dereliction.
April 12, 2019
Marcello may remain a mystery, but the thing that makes Dogman worth checking out is the actor who portrays him. It's a performance that never barks too loudly, but leaves you with an unmistakable bite.
April 11, 2019
Garrone is a virtuoso of pain and terror, which can be overwhelming, despite the flourishes of comedy.
October 19, 2018
It's a strange and sad piece of work, beautifully played by its central odd couple, that will linger in your memory like a howl on the wind.
October 18, 2018
This social realist parable lacks bite.
September 17, 2018
Matteo Garrone's unflinching character study... has a strong chance at the Oscars because of Fonte's expressive performance
September 6, 2018
The naively amenable character is wonderfully observed by Fonte, and early scenes show delicious whimsy and black comedy.
May 25, 2018
The overall feel is of the kind of Aesop's fable Scorsese would tell his kids.
May 19, 2018
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.
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