The Power of the Dog Reviews

  • The Power of the Dog
    • Genre : Drama,Family
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    • Studio : Netflix
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    • Reviews Rate
      Excellent entertaining! It's a masterpiece.

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Movie Reviews

  • what Campion and Cumberbatch have done here is nothing short of extraordinary; This is a movie in which everything matters and nothing is wasted. Every shot is laden with meaning in a way that is thrillingly uncommon in today's film-making environment
    5 of 5 by Kevin Maher [The Times (UK) ]
  • the film looks at times like a stiff-jawed period piece, but it ripples underneath with a prickly modern sensibility
    3 of 4 by Chris Barsanti [Slant Magazine ]
  • Kristen Dunst is truly glorious; The performances in this stunningly tense Western will keep you glued to the screen
    4 of 5 by Charlotte O'Sullivan [London Evening Standard ]
  • Jane Campion makes a thrilling return with "The Power of the Dog", a work as boldly idiosyncratic, unpredictable and alive with psychological complexity as anything in the revered director's output
    by David Rooney [The Hollywood Reporter ]
  • Jane Campion delivers a tricky, arresting neo-noir Western; as Benedict Cumberbatch and Kodi Smit-McPhee begin to circle one another, the odd thrumming chemistry between the actors clicks in in a way that feels almost inevitable
    Review rate : A- by Leah Greenblatt [Entertainment Weekly ]
  • Jane Campion deftly adapts Thomas Savage's western novel of toxic machismo, a tale exceedingly well told; Superb direction, a carefully calibrated screenplay and an excellent supporting cast make this awards catnip
    4 of 4 by Peter Howell [Toronto Star ]
  • it's a masterful film; a sly, blistering, career-best performance from Benedict Cumberbatch; Shot in New Zealand, Jane Campion's dark new 'psychological western' is powered by the British star on astonishing, menacing form
    5 of 5 by Robbie Collin [The Telegraph (UK) ]
  • it's a brawny, brooding drama about the wreckage caused by men, beautifully framed in muted neutral tones as the camera circles the ranch-house with a deliberate, stealthy tread
    4 of 5 by Xan Brooks [The Guardian ]
  • it is a dazzling, uncompromising work by one of the greatest directors of all time
    by Sasha Stone [Awards Daily ]
  • Campion's film is an astonishing accomplishment in acting; A masterpiece in acting from Benedict Cumberbatch, Kodi Smit-McPhee is also outstanding but the true star is that of Jane Campion
    5 of 5 by Sarah Cook [HeyUGuys ]
  • Benedict Cumberbatch leads a fabulous ensemble in the role of Phil Burbank; Jane Campion builds the tension slowly and emphatically, telegraphing the perils ahead. Yet when the two-edged climax comes it's powerfully unexpected
    4 of 4 by Kate Taylor [Globe and Mail ]
  • a slow-burning gothic melodrama which features one of Benedict Cumberbatch's most remarkable transformations; It's a film which shimmers with intelligence, and if the plot isn't clear until the very last scene, well, it's worth the wait
    5 of 5 by Nicholas Barber [BBC ]
  • a riveting must-watch; Jane Campion's "The Power of the Dog" is unflinching in its depth and analysis, visually stunning, captivating, and bolstered by exceptional performances; Mesmerizing in every way, "The Power of the Dog" is a triumph
    4 of 5 by Mae Abdulbaki [ScreenRant ]
  • a career-best Benedict Cumberbatch is equal parts Jack Twist and Daniel Plainview in a masterfully tense Western drama
    Review rate : A by David Ehrlich [IndieWire ]

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