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Dog Pound

  • Rated NR

independent, special interest


In this gritty, award-winning drama, three teenage boys have a rude awakening when they end up in a juvenile detention center. Facing attacks by hardened criminals and ruthless guards, they are forced to do whatever it takes to survive.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    65%
  • Audience Score
    68%

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    65%
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  • Audience

    68%

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Neither the film's bark nor its bite leaves much of a mark.

- David Fear, Time Out New York, Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Fresh: A] snarling but predictable survival tale...

- David Jenkins, Time Out, Thursday, August 26, 2010

Rotten: Without a strong political point (unlike its source material), "Dog Pound" feels hollow and hopeless.

- Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, Thursday, March 28, 2013

Audience Reviews

3 stars

My predicted rating: 2.5 I'm not sure if this has any official announcement to say that this is a remake of the film "Scum', but there is no doubt that that is the case. A modernised correctional facility in America provides the backdrop to this tale. Bear with the beginning, the performances come across a little amateur, but that seems to grow through with the storyline. It's not a patch on the original, however the violence shown has excalated and you do get the sense of fear from this film.

- 76Majikat, Sunday, August 28, 2011

3 stars

Brutal and Harsh don't begin to describe Dog Pound. A story about a juvenile detention "prison" and its occupants might be a bit exaggerated but the acting done by Adam Butcher as the angry ring leader of the boys is beyond his years.

- jp992751, Monday, December 23, 2013

2 stars

A well-meaning but ultimately disappointing and hollow take on a juvenile center focused around the lives of three boys recently put into the system, and what they experience during their time there. For the first half of the film, it is surprisingly gripping and realistically filmed and plotted. However, in the second half of the movie it veers left into "melodrama" territory, where you hardly start to believe anything that is happening and the story takes its lenses off of the boys in the facility and instead makes a hail-mary middle-finger attempt at the correctional officers. The acting is pretty good, about what you would expect for an indie film. In the end though, there are just too many scenes that feel fake and forced, not to mention pretty predictable, and the film never seems to decide what it wants to be truly about anyways.

- fb619846742, Monday, August 4, 2014