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  • Summary: A surreal look at three teenagers kept under strict rule and regimen by their parents — an alternately hilarious and nightmarish experiment of manipulation
    and oppression. (Kino International)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. How perfectly perverse: In a summer crammed with sequels, remakes, '80s nostalgia and the frustrated sense of "What else y'got?" comes the most original nightmare in years.
  2. 100
    It's an exhilaratingly unpredictable experience, and not an easy one to shake.
  3. 80
    A brightly lit nightmare of patriarchy run amok.
  4. 75
    Dogtooth is slightly less self-congratulatory than the average Dogme movie, a few of which belong to Lars von Trier. This feels, instead, more like an extreme summer at a Dadaist acting camp.
  5. 75
    A highly original black comedy from Greece -- and one of the weirdest movies I've seen in a long time.
  6. Reviewed by: Karina Longworth
    Director Giorgos Lanthimos lays out the rules largely through action rather than exposition, which allows Dogtooth to play as a richly satisfying, blackly comic mystery in spite of its delayed, horror-sourced housebreak plot.
  7. The father is the only one who can leave the house to go to his factory job, and that seems like a paradise for viewers trapped watching this clinically shot claptrap.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. Sep 11, 2010
    this movie is disturbingly funny and ultimately sad, leaving you to ponder what is next for this family of creatures we have come to know. i give props for the courageous performances and for leaving thoughts and ideas that will linger long afterward. Expand
  2. Jan 14, 2011
    An effective assault on the moral fibres of human mentality, exposing the role of psychology as manipulated, criticizing humans as controlling, society as complicit to acts of social deviance and ultimately presenting the human as imprisoned with a natural tendency to question boundaries of existence. The topics of incest, prostitution, homosexuality, domestic abuse and cruelty to animals are intellectual properties highlighting social boundaries which directly reflects the physical boundary the family exists within. Psychologically disturbing and expertly constructed in equal measure making this one of the most valid films of the past decade. 10/10 96/100 Expand
  3. Feb 4, 2011
    Dogtooth is crazy! Literally...About once every 10 minutes I found myself asking the screen, "Are you **cking kidding me?!" Still, I loved every moment of it. Reminded me of how I feel watching [insert any Michael Haneke film here]. And then, once you realize what's actually happening-- my take is the parents are pyscho's who are training their kids like they're dogs because they're not over the death of their first son-- only then can you embrace the genius of the story, the precision of the acting and the realization that now matter how bad your parents were, at least they didn't brainwash you into calling the salt shaker a telephone. Expand
  4. Apr 9, 2011
    "Dogtooth" may be the most **** up film EVER. I can't say I'm overly familiar with Greek cinema, but this certainly takes the cake as the best and worst Greek film that I've seen. Rating this movie is difficult because this is either a brilliant sadistic masterpiece or a sheer disaster, I'm still not sure which (although I'm leaning toward the former). Director Giorgos Lanthimos won the Prix Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival for his ludicrous yet terrifying portrait of a family sheltered from society who know nothing outside the walls of their country estate. The film is so completely in-your-face that even in the most disturbing of scenes it's so hard to even bat an eye. I don't know if Lanthimos drew inspiration from the films of Lars Von Trier, but it certainly seems that way. The ending was weak and I would have loved for there to be more explanation as to why the parents shelter their children so, but it really doesn't matter in the end because you'll be too busy trying to pick up your brain off of the floor. "Dogtooth" is a genuinely original yet completely deranged film that seems like the lovechild of Von Trier and Haneke... and that's not a bad thing at all. Expand
  5. Jan 17, 2012
    An unusual movie with a sick story. I felt mixed feelings when watching it; first the officious father, then the kids' desire to explore the outer world... of course it's not bad, but it's for sure one of the weirdest and most surrealistic films I have watched. Expand
  6. Lyn
    Apr 2, 2011
    In retrospect, the word "Hilarious!" on the DVD cover seems like a sadistic joke. The moments of dark, nasty humor in this movie have little resemblance to hilarity; at the same time, you can't look away. I'm not a big fan of allegory, so feel that dissecting "Dogtooth" as a statement about fascism is overwrought and unnecessary. On its own -- with its nihilistic weirdness so creatively framed and filmed -- it is haunting and thought-provoking. Hated the ending, though. Expand
  7. Jun 9, 2011
    I love disturbing movies, independent movies, foreign movies--I thought this film was tailor made for me. However, by the end, the gratuitous violence, repeated crassness, and shock after shock after shock had worn me down completely. This is a movie with great potential and an excellent premise, and several scenes are very well done. But the movie is so obsessed with being Disturbing (capital D) and Shocking that it feels like you are being repeatedly hit over the head with a sledgehammer. Exhausting! This film is not funny, or entertaining--it is hard work. I much preferred Haneke's Funny Games and even von Trier's Antichrist (though the last also grew monotonous and difficult to watch, I felt it had more artistic merit, and frankly I was less bored). Expand

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