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Dogman Reviews

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April 4, 2020
I appreciated my time with Dogman,/i>, particularly the brilliant performance from Marcello Fonte, but the murkiness of the world leaves a little too much unexplored
April 30, 2019
Visionary director Garrone suffers a mind-boggling misjudgment with his latest feature.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
April 10, 2019
[The writers] clearly want to...explore the limits of human kindness, but they do so in the worst way by not justifying the film's inciting incident.
October 9, 2018
Garrone's resistance to any semblance of logic or reason on Marcello's part is troubling. When the violence and absurdity reach a fever pitch, the serious elements feel like a farce, stuck at the mercy of a film that just wants to push buttons.
May 23, 2018
Garrone's camera often seems more interested in sordid escalation than genuine exploration.
September 10, 2018
Garrone's film is a one-note loop of a persistently passive man.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 12, 2018
Dogman's main problem is that it requires a leap of faith on the part of the viewer. [Full review in Spanish]
May 18, 2018
The main interest of the proposal... [is] in the portrayal of that peripheral and degraded environment... [but] does not go much further. [Full review in Spanish]
August 7, 2019
Fonte is fantastic [...] but if the narrative he's beholden to won't let me invest in his journey, it's all for naught.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
May 20, 2018
Italian director Matteo Garrone's film offers up art-house-by-numbers neorealism with an angle of political-power allegory that quickly turns deterministic and tedious.
September 6, 2018
It's all surface level stuff, and while it's appropriately grimy, it's like being punished and chastised for something you already know to be true.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.8/10
October 22, 2018
The whole doesn't feel quite as great as the sum of its parts, as if its narrative circle is not fully closed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 17, 2018
This isn't all that much of a mystery... Garrone's oppressively bleak new film isn't memorable enough to help us with that. Woof.
Full Review | Original Score: C
April 7, 2019
The film only succeeds at evoking a firm sense of place and an accompanying air of alluring grotesquerie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 23, 2018
For all the commitment and grit of the performances, the leads are playing archetypes, the bully and the wimp, in an allegory that has everything mapped out by a film maker who cannot relinquish control of his material.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 18, 2018
This social realist parable lacks bite.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 24, 2019
"Dogman" is a strange case: Great actor, great character, but a story that's like an overstretched anecdote infused with art-film portent.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 19, 2018
I might have bought what he's doing in a different film, but the one that Garrone has made strains too hard to have it both ways.
May 7, 2019
"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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 10, 2020
Told through unflinching shots in grayish hues, Matteo Garrone's film keeps viewers holding their breath to the bitter end.
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