The Hollywood Reporter

By James Greenberg
In spite of a few missteps, the cumulative impact of the film is undeniable.
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TV Guide

By Ken Fox
A handsomely produced but unintentionally risible film that mistakes high grotesquerie for high gothic.
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
The film is responsible, earnest, well-intentioned and, as it was in Sundance, maddeningly inconsistent.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Assembled from the debris of countless worn-out images of the Deep South and is indeed beautifully photographed. But the writer-director, Deborah Kampmeier, has become inflamed by the imagery and trusts it as the material for a story, which seems grotesque and lurid.
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It was received at Sundance 2007 with a resounding thud. Not because of this controversial rape scene, but because, well, it just wasn't good. Unfortunately, even with over a year of rejiggering, it's still not good.
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By James Berardinelli
A failure on pretty much every level, Hounddog would never have been known beyond Park City had it not been for the notoriety surrounding the rape scene.
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New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Fanning gives a sensitive and fairly impressive performance. But like her over-the-top movie family, Hounddog is still trailer trash of the worst kind.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Rarely has there been a movie as misguided as Hounddog, which self-righteously indulges in exploitation while loudly decrying it.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
What I can't figure is why anyone would want to release this tripe in theaters just when Fanning has nearly lived it down. They ain't no friends of mine, or any other moviegoer.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Fanning is remarkably collected and even dignified. As for the rest of the gang, they ought to be returned to sender.
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31 out of 100
Generally unfavorable reviews
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