Johnny Mad Dog
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The movie is harrowing and hard to forget. But just when you think there's no hope, Sauvaire throws in a tearful moment of redemption."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"The film sees war as a deadener of moral and physical inhibition, a paradoxical state where there are no winners or losers, just the living and the dead. Stunning."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"Educational, truthful and important."
‑ Clay Cane,
"breathless, ferocious, and deeply unsettling"
‑ Christopher Null,
"Never letting up for a moment, you should go see - but prepare to be shocked."
‑ David Edwards, Daily Mirror [UK]
"Sauvaire, hesitating between a protest picture and a glam-squalid imagist orgy, only succeeds in scattering human rubble across the screen."
‑ Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice
"A fearsome plunge into the world of child soldiers in present-day West Africa."
‑ Justin Chang, Variety
"Director Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire's deftly stylized camerawork reminds us at key intervals that what we're seeing is artifice, dramatization."
‑ Joseph Jon Lanthier, Slant Magazine
"What end does a harrowing and horrifying film like this serve? Understanding? Political awareness? I'm not sure. One thing is certain: you won't forget it in a hurry."
‑ Cosmo Landesman, Times [UK]
"Harrowing, violent and deeply disturbing, this realistic drama about children fighting in Liberia's grisly civil war (1999-2003) is not only a strong story, but it has wide resonance as a look at young people living without limits."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Basically, talented French director Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire has too much style on his hands. His film isn't as amorally grandiose as City of God. Nor does it achieve the hulking tragedy of Gomorrah."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"Johnny Mad Dog is an assaultive fiction about Liberian child soldiers."
‑ Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"'s difficult to recommend Johnny Mad Dog, despite-and in some ways because of-the fact it is very good."
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
"A gut-wrenching, documentary-style look at a company of Kalashnikov-wielding kids."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"There is an odd whiff of post-colonial bongo-bongo about it - i.e. sit back, munch popcorn and watch the natives blow holes in each other."
‑ Kevin Maher, Times [UK]
More reviews for Johnny Mad Dog on Rotten Tomatoes

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