Hounddog Synopsis
A troubled girl finds a safe haven when her neighbor teaches her to use music.
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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,...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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Sex is Good, Abuse is Bad

By SpiritMatter
The sexually obsessed sex haters of the world want you to believe that God designed sexual pleasure only for older male and female married partners and then only for reproduction. This belief is fine...

Oscar-worthy performance by Dakota Fanning

By EricParkinson1
"Hounddog" will be noted for years to come as the breakout role for Dakota Fanning as she transitions from child star to Oscar-worthy leading lady. While there are some rough edges to some aspects...

Much Ado About Nothing

By jojackie
OK, "Spiritmatter", what I really want to know is, did you even see the movie? Can we please ban all reviewers who review films they haven't seen?!!! I suppose not....we have freedom of speech, which...

A Beautiful Film

By indiejones
I loved this film and it gave me yet another reason to not take movie critics seriously. Ms Kampmeier treated a very serious and compelling theme in an intelligent and sensitive manner. The...

Fanning is terrific.

By JDB728
Dakota Fanning continues her journey to become an adult actress power player. She continues to get better it seems, with every film. As far as the overall movie, it was really good. I'd recommend...


By ZombieBunny15
When I saw that this starred Dakota Fanning and was about a little girl who loved Elvis I thought to myself this should be cute. I was wrong! By the time this movie was over I was disgusted with it....

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Rated R | For a disturbing sexual assault of a young girl, and brief sexuality
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 17+ Notorious Dakota Fanning indie too adult for kids.
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