Straw Dogs Reviews

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Steve Newton
Georgia Straight
February 15, 2013
On the bright side, it's probably the only movie ever made to boast kickass tunes by the southern-rock triumvirate of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Molly Hatchet, and Blackfoot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ben Kendrick
ScreenRant
October 2, 2012
Straw Dogs does little more than rely on graphic violence as well as outdated stereotypes to keep the tension high.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kristal Cooper
We Got This Covered
September 22, 2012
The best that can be said about Straw Dogs is that it's watchable: and that's due to Alexander Skarsgard's stellar abs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
June 7, 2012
In the history of remakes, this really isn't a bad one...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
April 6, 2012
Comes off like its poster: a copycat that superficially looks the same but lacks in inspiration.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
R. L. Shaffer
IGN DVD
January 29, 2012
There's nothing profound or mysterious about Straw Dogs. The performances are solid, but the movie is mostly forgettable.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com
January 13, 2012
It doesn't even work as a thriller. And of course, like the 70s original, it just turns into an all-out blood bath at the end - which can't help but notch up the campiness.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Linda Cook
KWQC-TV (Iowa)
December 22, 2011
It was a different era, a different time in American culture. Sam Peckinpah's 1971 'Straw Dogs' arguably has become a classic. It was a controversial film when it was released because of its depiction of a sexual assault.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Phil Villarreal
OK! Magazine
December 14, 2011
Rod Lurie's film equals the original and surpasses it in many ways.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Andrew Simpson
Fan The Fire
December 8, 2011
The hunting scenes and the brutal farm siege are solidly gripping, and Lurie doesn't shy away from David embracing his inner savage.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Geoffrey Macnab
Uncut Magazine [UK]
November 15, 2011
Lurie makes the same point as Peckinpah, namely that, when survival is threatened, even the most civilised types have a primal capacity for violence. But, 40 years on, the shock factor has gone.
David Aldridge
Radio Times
November 9, 2011
This is one of those remakes that feels like the product of lazy thinking.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 6, 2011
Peckinpah's most problematic film gets an intriguing, if flawed, update from film critic-turned-director Rod Lurie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
November 6, 2011
Ultimately Lurie's film isn't in the same class as Peckinpah's flawed classic, but it's a respectable, respectful and rather good film.
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
November 4, 2011
Still not for the fainthearted, the new Straw Dogs again has something to say about the kind of mob rule seen 80 years ago in Frankenstein (1931). And much of it is not at all pleasant.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jamie Graham
Total Film
November 4, 2011
Rod Lurie's remake transposes the action from cloudy Cornwall to sticky Mississippi but keeps the meat of the story intact, along with the violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
November 3, 2011
While there's no real reason for this retread of Sam Peckinpah's controversial 1971 film, even Hollywood can't destroy such a decent story.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
November 3, 2011
Lurie's film has nothing in its head beyond the desire to make money.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
November 3, 2011
It isn't badly made, but what's the point of rebooting Straw Dogs, if the only object is to repackage it, and make it marginally less offensive?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph
November 3, 2011
Rod Lurie has adapted with intelligence...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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