The Dog Reviews

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August 30, 2019
There's a rich wealth of archival footage, but there's more power in the amount of genuine warmth the filmmakers were able to cull from Wojtowicz and his fiercely loyal mother.
August 2, 2019
An expertly-crafted documentary on a riveting subject, and one that leaves you only wanting more than its 105 minutes could show.
July 18, 2019
The Dog is a fascinating character study of a hapless man who lived for decades in the shadow of his own myth.
March 1, 2019
Cautionary tales are rarely this exhilarating.
August 22, 2017
[A] queasily compelling documentary.
March 26, 2016
Often hilarious, poignant and fascinating, The Dog is as entertaining as movies (in any genre or form) get, telling a true story that is far stranger anything a screenwriter could cook up.
October 19, 2015
It's comprehensive, but that doesn't make it complete.
January 19, 2015
John Wojtowicz, filmed over a 10-year period before his death, is the star of his own show. A very flamboyant character, he talks about the loves of his life, and there were many, heterosexual, homosexual and transgendered.
November 6, 2014
"The Dog" is insanely, endlessly watchable, a compelling human-interest documentary and a riveting true-crime exploration all in one.
October 17, 2014
At its best when Wojtowicz is unleashed
October 17, 2014
Dubious fame, but without shame
October 2, 2014
Questions of identity reverberate through The Dog, a documentary by Allison Berg and Frank Keraudren that chronicles Wojtowicz's storied and terribly sad life.
October 2, 2014
There's surprising tenderness amid the tendencies to teeming madness.
October 2, 2014
As entertaining as its central subject.
September 5, 2014
A fascinating cross-section of the personal and political.
September 4, 2014
Any thought that Al Pacino overacts in 'Dog Day Afternoon' is instantly banished by the screen presence of the gleefully crude and unrepentant real-life Wojtowicz, a leering and self-promoting Priapus.
August 27, 2014
The movie feels like life: You'll see something about you, and everyone you know, in every frame.
August 23, 2014
As the moving, sad, riotously humorous documentary "The Dog" explains, the film only captures traces of Wojtowicz's personality, and only tells bits of his story.
August 21, 2014
There's a brashness to this documentary that sneaks up on you.
August 21, 2014
Try as you may, however, you can't turn away from this obscure footnote in pop culture history, even at his most aggravating. It's that twisted thing we call celebrity.
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