Dogtooth

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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]

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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
    Dogtooth, a bizarre black comedy from Greece that won the Un Certain Regard prize at the 2009 Cannes film festival, involves a conventional middle-class family--mom, dad, teenage son, two teenage daughters--that turns out to be warped beyond belief.
  3. Reviewed by: Philip Wilding
    80
    As harrowing as it is humorous, Giorgos Lanthimos' award-winning journey to a family's heart of darkness is unflinchingly detailed, thought-provoking fare.
  4. Doesn't rank as a great film, but it's difficult to take your eyes off it, as you wonder what impossibly bizarre thing might happen next.
  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: Boyd Van Hoeij
    70
    The Greek helmer's sophomore picture does exude a strange fascination throughout.
  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 16
  2. Negative: 2 out of 16
  1. Sep 11, 2010
    10
    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. ithis 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. Aug 18, 2011
    9
    I loved this movie. But perhaps you should ignore this review. I just finished watching this fantastically disturbing movie, and I'm giddy.I loved this movie. But perhaps you should ignore this review. I just finished watching this fantastically disturbing movie, and I'm giddy. I haven't seen anything so original in such long a long time. I love to be surprised by oddity and ya know, most movie plots just don't do that anymore. Okay, so there was admittedly something missing in the storyline and character development --those kids apparently had no natural born curiousities about life until their late teens? come on! I would've figured out some of their parents' nonsensical teachings at age 3 --but kudos to the screenwriter for showing us a new idea... Expand
  3. Feb 4, 2011
    9
    Dogtooth is crazy! Literally...About once every 10 minutes I found myself asking the screen, "Are you **cking kidding me?!" Still, I lovedDogtooth 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. Jan 17, 2012
    8
    An unusual movie with a sick story. I felt mixed feelings when watching it; first the officious father, then the kids' desire to explore theAn 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
  5. Lyn
    Apr 2, 2011
    6
    In retrospect, the word "Hilarious!" on the DVD cover seems like a sadistic joke. The moments of dark, nasty humor in this movie have littleIn 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
  6. Mar 23, 2011
    4
    I get it, it's a metaphor! Lasted thirty minutes hoping to see where it was headed and finalIy gave in to the inner voice yelling "who cares?"I get it, it's a metaphor! Lasted thirty minutes hoping to see where it was headed and finalIy gave in to the inner voice yelling "who cares?" Intellectuals will love it, pragmatic realists won't. Expand
  7. Jul 8, 2015
    0
    Seriously, on of the worst movies ever. Even disaster movie was better.. Avoid it at all costs. Boring, slow action, some sex scenes for fillSeriously, on of the worst movies ever. Even disaster movie was better.. Avoid it at all costs. Boring, slow action, some sex scenes for fill in, slow talking characters.. Expand

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