Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 18
  2. Negative: 10 out of 18
  1. In spite of a few missteps, the cumulative impact of the film is undeniable.
  2. Fanning is a child actor with a grown-up soul, and every move, every breath, seems mysteriously right.
  3. 50
    Assembled from the debris of countless worn-out images of the Deep South and is indeed beautifully photographed. But the writer-director, Deborah Kampmeier, has become inflamed by the imagery and trusts it as the material for a story, which seems grotesque and lurid.
  4. The film is responsible, earnest, well-intentioned and, as it was in Sundance, maddeningly inconsistent.
  5. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    A handsomely produced but unintentionally risible film that mistakes high grotesquerie for high gothic.
  6. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    In the wake of the inadvertent betrayal that leads to her now-notorious rape (a sequence that, ironically, seems to have lost the horrific impact it needs), the film turns listless.
  7. 50
    Pretty but overwrought, Hounddog doesn't deserve its infamy, nor does it merit being seen or remembered.
  8. Hounddog is never more than a sluggish dawdle from shack to swimmin' hole and back again.
  9. 38
    A failure on pretty much every level, Hounddog would never have been known beyond Park City had it not been for the notoriety surrounding the rape scene.
  10. Reviewed by: Jenni Miller
    It was received at Sundance 2007 with a resounding thud. Not because of this controversial rape scene, but because, well, it just wasn't good. Unfortunately, even with over a year of rejiggering, it's still not good.
  11. Reviewed by: Jamie Tipps
    Overall, director Deborah Kempmeir mistakes ominous and depressing for deep and meaningful, a misfire that undermines the effect it tries to achieve.
  12. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    An indigestible gumbo of Southern Gothic ingredients seasoned with snake oil, biblical hash and thoroughly unpalatable spice.
  13. Reviewed by: Joshua Katzman
    A bewildering slice of southern gothic hokum, it suffers from a weak script.
  14. 25
    Fanning gives a sensitive and fairly impressive performance. But like her over-the-top movie family, Hounddog is still trailer trash of the worst kind.
  15. Rarely has there been a movie as misguided as Hounddog, which self-righteously indulges in exploitation while loudly decrying it.
  16. 12
    What I can't figure is why anyone would want to release this tripe in theaters just when Fanning has nearly lived it down. They ain't no friends of mine, or any other moviegoer.
  17. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    The problems that plague the movie land squarely with the writer, director and producer, Deborah Kampmeier, who has crafted a howler of a bad script, shows little affinity for working with actors and displays no visual sense behind the camera.
  18. Fanning is remarkably collected and even dignified. As for the rest of the gang, they ought to be returned to sender.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Oct 3, 2014
    I watched this movie on lsd it took me right back to childhood memories and what it is like to be confused at a very young age. P.T.S.D or bipolar. This is a movie for people who have went through trumna Full Review »
  2. Oct 9, 2013
    JayH you are such an idiot because your voicing you opinion as if it were true and you contradict everyone including the critics!!!

    movie was so amazing and graphic that i vowed never to watch it again but when i did watch it, it was amazing and sure the other actors weren't that good but they were good enough to make a great movie! Full Review »
  3. JayH
    Feb 11, 2009
    Dakota Fanning s one of the most irritating actresses that I have ever seen. She is a poor actress and always tries to tackle roles way beyond her acting range. The movie is too slow, already been done - therefore predictable. And if she sang the title song one more time. Full Review »