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Around the midpoint Alpha Dog becomes less sociological and more personal, developing a real sense of suspense. Read full review
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. Read full review
Alpha Dog isn't a happy movie, but it's dramatically solid and the impressions it leaves will not be easily shaken. Read full review
Don't be fooled by the presence of some pretty-boy actors: Alpha Dog is a gritty, gut-wrenching and disturbing film. Read full review
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. Read full review
Timberlake walks off with the movie. Too bad it's not worth stealing. Read full review
The whole thing is dizzying, like "Moulin Rouge" without songs and dances extolling love. Read full review
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." Read full review
Cassavetes throws in everything he can recycle to grab a core-demo viewer -- slutty teens making out, blaring rock music, guns, split screens. Read full review
Who would have thought that a real-life tale of sex, drugs and murder could be so instantly forgettable? Read full review
goofy, hip-hop-soundtrack-addled exploitation
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