Critic Consensus: Dogman offers a grim character study set apart by Marcello Fonte's performance and director Matteo Garrone's tight grip on the material.
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Critic Reviews for Dogman
Told through unflinching shots in grayish hues, Matteo Garrone's film keeps viewers holding their breath to the bitter end.
Dogman can be unpleasant to watch, as films about bullying commonly are. But on its own terms it's well-made and even gripping.
A first-rate character study and morality play, set inside a rough-and-tumble drama from the mob world.
"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.
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.
Audience Reviews for Dogman
On a purely rational level, I can see what Garrone is trying to do here; in practice, though, his character's motivations are too puzzling, as his actions seem extremely unconvincing (no matter how brilliant Marcello Fonte is) and he only comes off as a passive idiot full of stupid ideas.
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