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735 Ratings


Directed by Matteo Garrone
Italy, France, 2018


Marcello, an expert dog groomer, lives in a grotty seaside village near Rome. He ekes out a meagre living running petty errands for local thieves. But the fragile ecosystem Marcello inhabits is torn to shreds when he falls under the ambit of Simone, a bullying and violent criminal.

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Dogman Directed by Matteo Garrone
By redefining the dichotomous categories of “victim” and “executioner,” Garrone creates an intriguing coming-of-fear story.
September 05, 2018
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The worst film in competition at this year’s Cannes Film Festival may be Dogman. Italian director Matteo Garrone’s film offers up art-house-by-numbers neorealism with an angle of political-power allegory that quickly turns deterministic and tedious.
May 20, 2018
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Earlier in the film, Marcello learns of a dog locked in a freezer. At great personal risk, he rescues the dog and slowly revives it in the sink. It is a beautiful moment of quiet unfussy heroism and suggest that though Dogman might well be bleak, it recognises humanity when it sees it.
May 19, 2018
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What are people saying?

  • josé neves's rating of the film Dogman

    Is there any way out of this endless demonstratively expository sadistic-misanthrope discourse in contemporary cinema? With a realistic turn in this case, inevitably with the camera on the actors faces, the least realistic option in a movie, since they just compose a show off. The last frame, a general open shot, is very good and introduces, finally!, what is missing: a satirical weightlessness, almost Beckettian.

  • Carlos Filipe Freitas's rating of the film Dogman

    Beautifully shot, this character study fascinates in an almost perverse way, building up adequate levels of tension throughout and bursting with disturbing scenes of violence. It is also a tale of solitude, equally tragic and funny, heavy and whimsical (4.5 stars)

  • anarresti's rating of the film Dogman

    A strange tale. I watched it because of the dogs. and what a surprise. This is a very disturbing tale of violence, of peer pressure, bullying, fear. All in the grown-up world. It's hard to watch. Even if characters seem a bit like caricatures they never stop felling real, like real people. It's a bitter story, that does not provide answers. And I even hesitate about the right questions. People can really be sick.

  • Jérémy Poirier's rating of the film Dogman

    FNC / Montréal / Entry 1: "Dogman", the latest from italian filmmaker Matteo Garrone is a savage, disturbing and heartbreaking character study. It is a twisted continuation of the eternal struggle between the bully and the bullied. It is like watching a chihuahua trying to measure against a rabid pitbull. This cannot end well. Plus, both Fonte and Pesce are extremely well cast and outstanding to look at. Great film.

  • Jason's rating of the film Dogman

    One thing about me is that I no longer have any patience whatever for self-consciously serious or conspicuously classy revenge sagas. I chose not to see DOGMAN as a revenge saga so much as a film about impotence, resentment, and violence as a pollutant. It features a justly heralded lead performance and absolutely exquisite compositions. If I remained at all on the fence, the last two shots swayed me and slayed me.

  • msmichel's rating of the film Dogman

    TIFF '18 Garrone's latest disappoints despite a Cannes winning performance from lead Marcello Fonte. He plays the titular character a man who must make a choice between loyalty to his family and neighbourhood against loyalty to a so-called friend. His choice strains credibility and the film flounders into a revenge tale after that lacking any emotional resonance or air of believability.

  • OFF_FRAME's rating of the film Dogman

    Marcello Fonte is superb as the nuanced, buscemi-ish underdog carrying the literally back-breaking burden of loyalty and friendship in this darkly comic, violent tale of the quest for respect. Sublime photography and production design here but I was left hoping for a little more sweeter justice at the end. 4 stars

  • Tigrão's rating of the film Dogman

    A brilliant tragi-comedy about a little man in a quest for respect. Marcello Fonte gives an incredible performance that might win him the Best Actor award in Cannes.

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