Dog Pound
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Angel, 15 years old (recidivist): assault and auto theft. Davis, 16 years old: possession of narcotics with intent to resell. Butch, 17 years old: assault on a correctional officer. The three are taken to Enola Vale Youth Correctional Center in Montana and placed under the authority and watch of Officer Goodyear, a strict but caring guard. Butch faces the prospect of adult prison and tries to keep a low profile... until he and Davis become the subject of ruthless assaults by another inmate, Banks. Returning from solitary after they refused to rat Banks out, Butch challenges his attacker as the… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 65%

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"Without a strong political point (unlike its source material), "Dog Pound" feels hollow and hopeless."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"Overheated melodrama of inmates at a juvenile detention facility hits all the prison-movie clichés."
‑ Frank Lovece, Film Journal International
"Intense scenes of violence build to a conclusion that will leave you shaken."
‑ Mike Edwards, What Culture
"Covers predictable ground with admirable sincerity and is notable for some eye-catching performances, not least that of Adam Butcher as an angry young man."
‑ , Daily Express
"Impressively directed, superbly acted teen prison drama that packs a powerful emotional punch."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"Neither the film's bark nor its bite leaves much of a mark."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"The plot willfully denies our satisfaction, often at the risk of compromising its own structural integrity."
‑ Joseph Jon Lanthier, Slant Magazine
"The film is graced by excellent acting and based on extensive research."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"[Chapiron] never lets things gets boring, even if he can't help indulging in a few too many prison movie clichés along the way."
‑ Alistair Harkness, Scotsman
"The ghost of Alan Clarke's Scum makes its presence felt in this lowering tale of a youth correctional facility in the American Midwest."
‑ Anthony Quinn, Independent
"[A] snarling but predictable survival tale..."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"The movie never loses its miserable outlook; Chapiron practically revels in the ever-present dreariness."
‑ Eric Kohn, indieWIRE
"With largely improvised dialogue and a cast including genuine ex-offenders, Chapiron captures a powerful stench of authenticity."
‑ Philip Kemp, Total Film
"There's no doubting the seriousness of the point Chapiron is trying to make regarding the way that young criminals can become trapped in a spiral of reoffending, but by pushing all the action into barely believable melodrama, his argument is weakened."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"Though Alan Clarke's original film still has the edge, this perhaps has more relevance for a new generation of cinemagoers."
‑ David Aldridge, Radio Times
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