Straw Dogs (1971)

Straw Dogs (1971)

Straw Dogs (1971)

A hugely controversial film at the time of its release, this dark and gritty 1970s thriller stars Dustin Hoffman as a mild-mannered academic who discovers a shockingly violent side of himself when brutish village men assault him and his wife.

1971Rating: R116 minsUK, USAABC Pictures
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Straw Dogs (1971) / Reviews

The New York Times

The 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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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

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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Variety

Variety

The script... relies on shock and violence to tide it over weakness in development, shallow characterization and lack of motivation.

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Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

One of the most ambiguous, neurotic, and disturbing of all American films receives a revelatory new restoration, with supplements that ably grapple with its chaos.

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Chicago Reader

Chicago Reader

[T]hough doubtlessly reactionary, Straw Dogs has the heat of personal commitment and the authority of deep (if bitter) contemplation.

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