Straw Dogs
Straw Dogs (2011)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 16, 2011
DVD Release Date: December 20, 2011
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Critic Score: 40% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This remakes streamlines the plot but ultimately makes a fatal mistake: It celebrates violence.

Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail

A routine, if rather gruesome thriller with attractive leads ducking in and out of danger.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

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.

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Steve Newton
Georgia Straight

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.

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James Berardinelli

Lurie, like Peckinpah, is fascinated by the idea that the seemingly mild, non-confrontational pacifist may be the villain in all of this.

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Kyle Smith
New York Post

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.

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Ben Kendrick

Straw Dogs does little more than rely on graphic violence as well as outdated stereotypes to keep the tension high.

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William Goss

Everything here plays out to the same beats and yet ultimately results in conventional revenge-minded catharsis rather than queasy ambivalence.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

Lurie's smart enough to know that we're supposed to be disturbed -- and not titillated -- by the savagery the movie depicts.

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Kristal Cooper
We Got This Covered

The best that can be said about Straw Dogs is that it's watchable: and that's due to Alexander Skarsgard's stellar abs.

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Flixster Audience Score: 34% Flixster User Reviews
Brian De Guelle
Going to keep an eye on this remake.....As with I spit on your grave remake which in my opinion was'nt a bad film,I just what to see how this pann… More
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three stars
paul sandberg
When I heard that they were remaking Straw Dogs, the 1971 psycho thriller directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring Dustin Hoffman, I was intrigued, especially… More
Cynthia S.
Spellbinding, gritty, violent remake of the 70's version. I can't compare it to its earlier version, but I am intrigued now to check it out. James… More
Alex roy
The original Straw Dogs was a masterwork of raw, gritty violence that relied on a great cast and effective directing and told a truly engrossing story. Of… More
Manu Gino
Everyone Has a Breaking Point Good thriller! I did enjoy the film because it was not boring and the story was kinda intriguing. I didn't see the original… More