Alpha Dog
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Frankie is a Los Angeles drug dealer. He comes from a good family, owns his home, several cars and enjoys partying with his friends. Frankie is 19. When his friend Jake welches on a debt, Frankie and his boys kidnap Jake's 15-year-old brother Butch and hold him as a marker. Even though Butch has numerous chances to escape, he doesn't. He's enjoying partying with them, losing his virginity and having a good time -- until something goes horribly wrong.
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 55%

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"A movie which has been put together with occasional skill but lacks a compelling reason to exist."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"Alpha Dog is no travesty, but I would trade 95 percent accuracy for, say, 25 percent insight."
‑ Tom Charity, CNN.com
"This inspired-by-reality tale is essentially an emotional snuff film. It's the kind of misguided effort a middle-aged director indulges in when he wants to reinvent himself as edgy."
‑ Jeff Meyers, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"Stylishly and thoughtfully directed by Nick Cassavetes, Alpha Dog is occasionally chilling, but always absorbing."
‑ Mark Adams, Sunday Mirror [UK]
"It's Beverly Hills 90210 on crystal meth as a gang of posh potheads lose the plot when a kidnapping goes wrong."
‑ Johnny Vaughan, Sun Online
"Justin Timberlake has what it takes to be a genuine movie star."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Cassavetes starts to lose the plot at the precise moment he starts keeping exact track of it."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Cassavetes' film is pure Hollywood fiction and sensationalism mixed with some sense of reality, but hell I enjoyed it a great deal..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Its originality lies in the fact that it depicts white middle-class kids on the loose, calling their women bitches and listening endlessly to violent, misogynist and homophobic black rap."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"The movie may lose its way in the last 15 minutes but everything leading up to that point is gripping, edge-of-your-seat stuff."
‑ , Daily Mirror [UK]
"The worst movie of the year."
‑ Melissa Anderson, Time Out New York
"[Alpha Dog is] intermittently bemused or tragic, but utterly lacking a conscience or a point of view."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"A lackluster teenage true-crime tale."
‑ Todd Gilchrist, IGN Movies
"Nick Cassavetes' film combines an aimless ramble through juvenile depravity in the affluent suburbs of LA and a quite disturbing evocation of the true-life murder of an adolescent boy in 1999."
‑ Anthony Quinn, Independent
"Lengthy and often off-hot topic, this is still a gripping saga with stand-out turns from Timberlake, Hirsch and kid-in-the-spotlight Yelchin."
‑ Jonathan Dean, Total Film
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