Straw Dogs
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David and Amy Sumner (James Marsden and Kate Bosworth), a Hollywood screenwriter and his actress wife, return to her small hometown in the deep South to prepare the family home for sale after her father's death. Once there, tensions build in their marriage and old conflicts re-emerge with the locals, including Amy's ex-boyfriend Charlie (Alexander Skarsgard), leading to a violent confrontation. -- (C) Sony Pictures

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 41%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A routine, if rather gruesome thriller with attractive leads ducking in and out of danger."
‑ Stephen Cole, Globe and Mail
"While Lurie could have gone lighter on the symbolism, he ratchets up the tension with deft intelligence. He's not just making a thriller but a horror film, and we feel his own fear in every scene."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"On the bright side, it's probably the only movie ever made to boast kickass tunes by the southern-rock triumvirate of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Molly Hatchet, and Blackfoot."
‑ Steve Newton, Georgia Straight
"In the history of remakes, this really isn't a bad one..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"It doesn't even work as a thriller. And of course, like the 70s original, it just turns into an all-out blood bath at the end - which can't help but notch up the campiness."
‑ Eric Melin,
"Lurie, like Peckinpah, is fascinated by the idea that the seemingly mild, non-confrontational pacifist may be the villain in all of this."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"One of those movies that sits in an armchair, smokes a pipe and reflects "seriously" on "the question of violence," but the main reason to see it is for the hilariously nasty uses it devises for a bear trap, nail gun, etc."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"Straw Dogs does little more than rely on graphic violence as well as outdated stereotypes to keep the tension high."
‑ Ben Kendrick, ScreenRant
"Comes off like its poster: a copycat that superficially looks the same but lacks in inspiration."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"It was a different era, a different time in American culture. Sam Peckinpah's 1971 'Straw Dogs' arguably has become a classic. It was a controversial film when it was released because of its depiction of a sexual assault."
‑ Linda Cook, KWQC-TV (Iowa)
"Everything here plays out to the same beats and yet ultimately results in conventional revenge-minded catharsis rather than queasy ambivalence."
‑ William Goss,
"Lurie's smart enough to know that we're supposed to be disturbed -- and not titillated -- by the savagery the movie depicts."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"The best that can be said about Straw Dogs is that it's watchable: and that's due to Alexander Skarsgard's stellar abs."
‑ Kristal Cooper, We Got This Covered
"There's nothing profound or mysterious about Straw Dogs. The performances are solid, but the movie is mostly forgettable."
‑ R. L. Shaffer, IGN DVD
"Rod Lurie's film equals the original and surpasses it in many ways."
‑ Phil Villarreal, OK! Magazine
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