Metascore
57

Mixed or average reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Mar 25, 2013
    83
    Chapiron stubbornly avoids an uplifting message, portraying his dangerous setting as a demonstration of virility that leads to madness.
  2. Reviewed by: Philip Kemp
    Mar 25, 2013
    80
    With largely improvised dialogue and a cast including genuine ex-offenders, Chapiron captures a powerful stench of authenticity.
  3. Reviewed by: Joseph Jon Lanthier
    Mar 25, 2013
    63
    The plot willfully denies our satisfaction, often at the risk of compromising its own structural integrity.
  4. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Mar 28, 2013
    60
    Kim Chapiron, proves an excellent choreographer of brutality...But without a strong political point (unlike its source material), Dog Pound feels hollow and hopeless.
  5. Reviewed by: Xan Brooks
    Mar 25, 2013
    60
    Perhaps this tells us nothing new about life on the inside in the US (there are rapes, riots and suicides), but it at least handles its brief with pace and precision.
  6. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Mar 28, 2013
    50
    Although it has a visceral intensity, this teen-centered prison movie doesn't avoid the familiar tropes of its genre.
  7. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Mar 26, 2013
    40
    Dog Pound only rarely finds the live-wire energy needed to make up for its amateur cast and staunch adherence to well-worn archetypes: cell-block bullies, sadistic guards, fresh-fish innocents, etc. Neither the film’s bark nor its bite leaves much of a mark.
  8. Reviewed by: Nev Pierce
    Mar 25, 2013
    40
    Visceral and inquisitive, this well researched movie offers a punchy insight to prison life. Unfortunately, it is a familiar and tepid storyline.
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
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  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. May 13, 2014
    7
    A good movie, gives you the urge to want to kick some peoples ass.
    Good action movie with few hand to hand fighting scene.

    The ending was
    a little disappointing. Full Review »