75

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
Around the midpoint Alpha Dog becomes less sociological and more personal, developing a real sense of suspense.
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75

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
Cassavetes' instincts are spot-on, particularly when it comes to casting Timberlake in what turns out to be the most important role in the film. He manages to be both reprehensible and deeply charismatic, and winds up stealing the picture.
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75

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Alpha Dog isn't a happy movie, but it's dramatically solid and the impressions it leaves will not be easily shaken.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Don't be fooled by the presence of some pretty-boy actors: Alpha Dog is a gritty, gut-wrenching and disturbing film.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
There's more voyeurism going on here, and less insight into a certain culture (the young and the wasted), than the filmmakers would probably admit to, but the performances are scarily real, and the outcome, well, is just scary.
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50

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Timberlake walks off with the movie. Too bad it's not worth stealing.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
The whole thing is dizzying, like "Moulin Rouge" without songs and dances extolling love.
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50

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
As it escalates to a nasty conclusion, Alpha Dog doesn't have the moral or emotional weight of tragedy. These aren't the psychologically exploded youths of "Rebel Without a Cause," or even "The Outsiders." They're characters in a long, violent, unbleeped episode of MTV's "Cribs."
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50

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Cassavetes throws in everything he can recycle to grab a core-demo viewer -- slutty teens making out, blaring rock music, guns, split screens.
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50

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Who would have thought that a real-life tale of sex, drugs and murder could be so instantly forgettable?
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53 out of 100
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