Stray Dogs Image
Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 4 Critics What's this?

  • Summary: A father and his two children wander the margins of modern day Taipei, from the woods and rivers of the outskirts to the rain streaked streets of the city. By day the father scrapes out a meager income as a human billboard for luxury apartments, while his young son and daughter roam the supermarkets and malls surviving off free food samples. Each night the family takes shelter in an abandoned building. The father is strangely affected by a hypnotic mural adorning the wall of this makeshift home. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Reviewed by: Robbie Collin
    Sep 16, 2013
    100
    Every shot of Stray Dogs has been built with utter formal mastery; every sequence exerts an almost telepathic grip.
  2. Reviewed by: Oliver Lyttelton
    Sep 16, 2013
    91
    The filmmaking here is almost impossibly well-realized, right down to the evocative sound design, adding up to an fairly unforgettable experience.
  3. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Sep 16, 2013
    80
    The director’s austere minimalism has always been suspended between the mesmerizing and the distancing, and in his latest feature, the concentration on elliptical observation, mood and texture signals an almost complete rejection of narrative.
  4. Reviewed by: Guy Lodge
    Sep 16, 2013
    60
    Tsai here seems to be stripping his ornately eccentric style down to formal fundamentals. A certain pictorial grace remains; his sense of humor, sadly, appears to have been largely tossed out with the bathwater.