Straw Dogs
Straw Dogs (1971)

Sam Peckinpah examines the instinctual capacity for violence in his controversial 1971 film, loosely based on the novel The Siege of Trencher's Farm. To avoid the Vietnam-era social chaos in the U.S., American mathematician David Sumner… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 13, 2001
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91%
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82%


Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A violent, provocative meditation on manhood with some of the most controversial scenes ever shot for a mainstream movie.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The most offensive thing about the movie is its hypocrisy; it is totally committed to the pornography of violence, but lays on the moral outrage with a shovel.

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Michael Sragow
Salon.com

Eyes Wide Shut -- and the cooked-up debates surrounding it -- are only about sex in the head. Peckinpah gives you sex as a kick in the groin, a jolt to the brain and a shot to the heart.

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Jonathan W. Hickman
Paste Magazine

It ends up hackneyed, unnecessary, and clichéd, improved only by the A-list acting talent and slickness of the production values.

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Douglas Pratt
Hollywood Reporter

Upon first viewing, it seems like a straightforward film, but the more one watches it, the more tension one sees in the relationship between the couple.

James Plath
Movie Metropolis

A taut drama with great performances and a recipe for action and tension that modern-day thrillers could learn from.

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Dan Jardine
Cinemania

Ugliness that must be taken seriously

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Mr. Peckinpah has made some good films (Ride the High Country) and a couple of great films (The Wild Bunch, The Ballad of Cable Hogue) -- which may be why Straw Dogs is a special disappointment.

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

But what if the mask of your neighbor tilts for a second and you catch a glimpse of the riot going on behind his face? What if you accidentally see the monster feasting on his prey? Now what if you're looking in the mirror?

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

Anchored by Dustin Hoffman's seminal performance, Peckinpah's second masterpiece (after The Wild Bunch) is still one of the most provocative, controversial, and ambiguous explorations of actual violence and our reaction to screen violence.

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Graham Jones
An amazing study on violence with a breakout performance from Dustin Hoffman.
Alex roy
Straw Dogs is a unique feat in the cinematic medium. This is a highly engaging picture with a talented cast and immaculate directing. Straw Dogs is a relentless… More
Chris Weber
Based on some novel I've never read or even heard of, this is the story of a cowardly American mathematician named David who, along with his wife Amy, move… More
Samuel Riley
After finally watching 'Straw Dogs', I now realised why this film was banned for over 15 years in the UK. There is a certain scene that truly shocked… More
vieras esine
I don't ever want to see this again.

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