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Dogman Reviews

August 23, 2019
Dogman can be unpleasant to watch, as films about bullying commonly are. But on its own terms it's well-made and even gripping.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 20, 2019
A first-rate character study and morality play, set inside a rough-and-tumble drama from the mob world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
May 1, 2019
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 25, 2019
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
April 12, 2019
Instead of sentimentalizing his character, Mr. Fonte gives a superbly austere performance, with comic dimensions, in which Marcello becomes a haunted, and haunting, enigma.
April 12, 2019
At its best, when we can live "Dogman" through Marcello's eyes, the movie keeps reminding you of that opening, of people and animals, menace and kindness, and the cages we sometimes don't realize we've made for ourselves.
April 12, 2019
Despite its hard message, Dogman comes across as sympathetic for any gentle soul trying to make a deal with the devil.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 12, 2019
Garrone's forte, as ever, is to layer the brutish with the beautiful, and to find grace in dereliction.
April 11, 2019
Marcello may remain a mystery, but the thing that makes Dogman worth checking out is the actor who portrays him. It's a performance that never barks too loudly, but leaves you with an unmistakable bite.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
April 11, 2019
Garrone is a virtuoso of pain and terror, which can be overwhelming, despite the flourishes of comedy.
October 19, 2018
It's a strange and sad piece of work, beautifully played by its central odd couple, that will linger in your memory like a howl on the wind.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
October 18, 2018
This social realist parable lacks bite.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 17, 2018
Dogman spends 103 minutes reminding us of other films or stories. That's its weakness and its strength.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 16, 2018
Matteo Garrone's unflinching character study... has a strong chance at the Oscars because of Fonte's expressive performance
September 5, 2018
The naively amenable character is wonderfully observed by Fonte, and early scenes show delicious whimsy and black comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 25, 2018
The overall feel is of the kind of Aesop's fable Scorsese would tell his kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 21, 2018
Dogman unfolds its relatively straightforward story with both thrilling style and serious moral force: it's a sensation judged on either bark or bite.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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 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
May 17, 2018
A movie with incomparable biteand strength.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
May 17, 2018
A teeth-chattering culmination of Matteo Garrone's darkest themes.
Top Critic
May 17, 2018
The lead performance, from the mostly unknown Fonte, is a small symphony of crumbling ingratiation: the portrait of a good man trying to cling to his principles in the face of stubborn, selfish immorality.
Full Review | Original Score: B-