Johnny Mad Dog
Johnny Mad Dog (2011)

About child soldiers fighting a war in an unnamed African country.

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 21, 2011
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
V.A. Musetto
New York Post

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.

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David Jenkins
Time Out

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.

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Clay Cane

Educational, truthful and important.

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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice

Sauvaire, hesitating between a protest picture and a glam-squalid imagist orgy, only succeeds in scattering human rubble across the screen.

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Justin Chang

A fearsome plunge into the world of child soldiers in present-day West Africa.

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Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine

Director Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire's deftly stylized camerawork reminds us at key intervals that what we're seeing is artifice, dramatization.

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

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.

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Manohla Dargis
New York Times

Johnny Mad Dog is an assaultive fiction about Liberian child soldiers.

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Eric Monder
Film Journal International's difficult to recommend Johnny Mad Dog, despite-and in some ways because of-the fact it is very good.

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Gordon Anderson
Powerful insight into the psyche of child soldiers with a mesmerising central performance and a real driving energy but shrouded in the darkness of the subject… More

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