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Straw Dogs Reviews

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Ben Kendrick
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Straw Dogs does little more than rely on graphic violence as well as outdated stereotypes to keep the tension high.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
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
Grae Drake
September 16, 2011
The simplistic characters were my biggest problem with the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Heather Wixson
Dread Central
September 15, 2011
As psychological thrillers go, Straw Dogs is about as mediocre as they come. Every moment of tension that the film is trying to build toward in the third act blatantly slaps you right upside your head during the first and second acts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
September 16, 2011
Evidence of how Hollywood can take the most charged, passionate material and make it into something generic and forgettable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 15, 2011
Smug, savage...and infuriating.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
September 15, 2011
Rod Lurie's bird-brained remake of "Straw Dogs" doesn't work on its own terms, and it can't hold a candle to the unruly, unstable merits of Sam Peckinpah's 1971 original.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
September 17, 2011
There's an awful lot of boring dialogue and poor symbolism in the hour and a half that precedes the Home Alone meets Deliverance finale.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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
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Andrew Barker
September 13, 2011
The protagonists have become more likable and empowered, motivations have become more cut and dried, and references to underlying political schisms are downplayed.
Donald Munro
Eye for Film
November 11, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Clay Cane
September 16, 2011
As the movie poster reads, 'Everyone has a breaking point.' Hopefully 'Straw Dogs' is a breaking point for Hollywood to stop spitting out terribly done remakes.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Scott Weinberg
September 16, 2011
Where the original film was an assault, the remake is content to be a crowd-pleaser.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
September 15, 2011
[It] doesn't bring anything new to the table.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Alison Willmore
September 15, 2011
[It] has been contemporized, sanitized and stripped of all complexity, and what's left is as empty as a used piņata.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Tony Macklin
September 21, 2011
If Sam Peckinpah were alive today and read that director Ron Lurie had remade his Straw Dogs, he would have scowled his famous scowl. I knew Sam, and of course no one was like him. He was one of a kind. Lurie is of the masses. He's no Sam; he's Spam.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.0/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
September 16, 2011
The new "Straw Dogs" proves that it would be possible to do a worthwhile remake of that 1971 film. Unfortunately, this is not that worthwhile remake.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
Nick Schager
Boxoffice Magazine
September 16, 2011
Doggedly faithful and yet soft around the edges.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
Eric D. Snider
September 17, 2011
On its own merits, it's merely average.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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