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Straw Dogs Reviews

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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
September 23, 2011
A routine, if rather gruesome thriller with attractive leads ducking in and out of danger.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
September 18, 2011
Lurie, like Peckinpah, is fascinated by the idea that the seemingly mild, non-confrontational pacifist may be the villain in all of this.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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William Goss
Film.com
September 16, 2011
Everything here plays out to the same beats and yet ultimately results in conventional revenge-minded catharsis rather than queasy ambivalence.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
September 16, 2011
While Lurie could have gone lighter on the symbolism, he ratchets up the tension with deft intelligence. He's not just making a thriller but a horror film, and we feel his own fear in every scene.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
September 16, 2011
One of those movies that sits in an armchair, smokes a pipe and reflects "seriously" on "the question of violence," but the main reason to see it is for the hilariously nasty uses it devises for a bear trap, nail gun, etc.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
September 16, 2011
Lurie's smart enough to know that we're supposed to be disturbed -- and not titillated -- by the savagery the movie depicts.
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Joe Holleman
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 16, 2011
For the most part, Lurie's remake serves as a credible update to the original, and the performances from Skarsgard, Marsden and Bosworth are solid.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
September 15, 2011
The new 'Straw Dogs' is one of the more brutal films in recent years.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Scott Bowles
USA Today
September 15, 2011
Lurie informs his movie with plenty of nods to the original and at least manages a story that will have people talking - if not about the nature of human violence, then about the grisly depiction of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
September 15, 2011
You can understand Lurie's motivation for remaking Straw Dogs, and applaud the competence of his filmmaking and casting, while at the same time lamenting what has happened to him.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
September 15, 2011
Back in 1971, the Peckinpah film horrified moviegoers with its bloody climax, whereas today people are so vengeful and sadistic that the remake is just another multiplex crowd pleaser.
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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
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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
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 15, 2011
The original Straw Dogs, at least to me, isn't close to being one of Peckinpah's masterpieces, but it's a movie that the people who first saw it still remember 40 years later. I doubt that anyone will remember the new one by next month.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
September 15, 2011
As a filmmaker, Mr. Lurie cannot hope to match Peckinpah's lyricism, but he strikes a decent balance of bluntness and subtlety.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 15, 2011
Almost succeeds as an object lesson in the difference between being a man and being a macho animal. But it fails as a gripping home-invasion thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
September 15, 2011
There's no matching the sinister village faces in Peckinpah's cast or the psychological acuity of his scene-making, but Lurie shows himself man enough for the material.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 15, 2011
Most details are in place, but the technique and inspiration are missing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
September 15, 2011
The movie is like being waterboarded by liberals outside a Democratic National Committee event.
Read More | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
September 15, 2011
Lurie wants us to see the moral wounds that come from losing control, a solid reason for a remake. Both takes on Straw Dogs hold up a dark mirror to humanity. Choose your own bad medicine.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
September 15, 2011
The filmmaker's ham-fisted attempts to supply some socio-political relevance to such intractable material finally lands him in a deeper, murkier swamp...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
September 15, 2011
A rote revenge thriller attempting to shoulder more philosophical weight than it can bear.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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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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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 15, 2011
I found it visceral, disturbing and well-made.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
September 14, 2011
Straw Dogs is an artful provocation -- a meditation on masculinity and societal mores in the guise of an explosive thriller.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Andrew Barker
Variety
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.
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
September 13, 2011
Whereas Peckinpah managed not only to raise hackles but to get under the skin, Lurie manages only the former, which reduces the material to the level of sensation-mongering.