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
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.
A bare-bones breakdown of Matteo Garrone's David-and-Goliath parable hardly does justice to the violent agony and modest ecstasy you get on screen.
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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