Alpha Dog Synopsis
A teenage drug dealer kidnaps the younger brother of a debt-ridden junkie.
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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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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...
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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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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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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...
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Rolling Stone

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

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

By kate32
i loved this movie its great!!! go see it!!!...

Really enjoyed it!!!

By americanista
My friends , my wife and I went because we didn't have anything else to see, and at the end we were sooo happy we didn't go see the other movies as this movie was a really great experience. Even...

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By Movie Man 22
What caught me and kept me so interested was that the actual controversy and history behind this movie. What a person should do is read about and know the reason behind this movie and it makes it...

Sex and profanity ruined..

By lovestalentmoviefan
...what could have been a classic example of film to teach young people the value of being true to yourself. No reason to put all that garbage in when you have a great story and actors. I do not...

alpha dogg

By alphachandleraltdogg
the best movie ever if you like drama movies u must see this movie it is the best movie ever...

This "Dog" hunts - sort of

By AKFooFighter
The story grabs hold of you and the acting is fine (props to JT), but I couldn't let go of the fact that these guys are all total losers. You'd be hard pressed to find bigger posers, which makes the...


By Movie Freak10
This Movie Is Really Good I Recommand To Everyone...

wtf they call this a movie?

By mobikang
wow...what kind of movies are the rest ofyou watching to qualify this as a "must go".. this was one of the worst movies i have ever seen...i want my 10 dollars and 2 hours of my life back....the...

what a bunch of crap

By formerthespian
bad movie; good acting; very depressing. a must miss...

awesome movie with all the twists and turns

By walksonwater
when I first saw this movie, I had no idea it would have been this deep in the "rich kid" lifestyle. I was pleasantly surprised to see the cast doing a great job at being the top dog style of gang...

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Rated R | For pervasive drug use and language, strong violence
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says not for kids Timberlake stars in fact-based drug drama.
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