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  • Summary: Children soldiers go a little mad in an African war zone.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Reviewed by: Nev Pierce
    Jan 18, 2011
    80
    Grubby and yet vital, it stays with you.
  2. Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    Jan 18, 2011
    63
    Basically, talented French director Jean-St├ęphane Sauvaire has too much style on his hands. His film isn't as amorally grandiose as "City of God." Nor does it achieve the hulking tragedy of "Gomorrah."
  3. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Jan 18, 2011
    60
    There's no doubt Johnny Mad Dog means to leave the viewer with a visceral impression of its terrors, on that it largely succeeds. Whether that accomplishment deserves praise is more of an open question.
  4. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Jan 18, 2011
    40
    An hour and half of comparable barbarity follows-all of it monotonous, none of it enlightening.
  5. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Jan 18, 2011
    40
    An assaultive fiction about Liberian child soldiers made with boys and girls who actually fought in that country's recent war, left me wrung out - furious, confused, deep in thought.
  6. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Jan 18, 2011
    30
    Sauvaire, hesitating between a protest picture and a glam-squalid imagist orgy, only succeeds in scattering human rubble across the screen.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Jan 30, 2011
    10
    I wrote this for NYT reader review: I cannot take my eyes off this film. Released in 2008 it finally hits US Theaters. You should make time to see this film. Produced by Matthieu Kassovitz (yes Amelie) and directed by Jean Stephane Sauvaire: Johnny Mad Dog hasn't yet achieved its momentum, yet it so deserves it. Plus bonus: Abel Ferrara interviews handsome Sauvaire for @filmannex.
    Praise is unnecessary, you'll simply NEED TO SEE this movie| http://tinyurl.com/6jq3kvn @cinemaquote
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