The Power of the Dog

128 mins
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Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons and Kodi Smit-McPhee (Slow West) star in this award-winning family feud drama based on... More

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The Power of the Dog is available to stream in... More New Zealand now on Netflix.

The Power of the Dog | Ratings & Reviews

With Jane Campion’s expert directorial hand and exquisite performances, this erotic thriller disguised as a western is elegant, sinister, and grand. It’s the work of a master.

"A slow-burn and a film of many, many layers."


"Campion is in full control of her material, digging deep into the turbulent inner life of each of her characters with unerring subtlety."

Hollywood ReporterHollywood Reporter

"A socially conscious psychodrama that builds, over time, to a full boil."


"(A) beautiful, brawny western..."

The GuardianThe Guardian

"A beautifully crafted movie with some individual scenes that are some of the tensest I've experienced in some time."

"The fascination of The Power of the Dog lies in its ambiguity and its depth of characterisation."


"Campion doesn’t drive any message or meaning home so much as she deftly, unnervingly captures a mood..."

Vanity FairVanity Fair

"(Campion's) most thoroughly conceived, consistently involving drama for years..."

Screen DailyScreen Daily

"Ripples underneath with a prickly modern sensibility."

Slant MagazineSlant Magazine

"Twenty minutes could certainly have been knocked off the runtime, but it’s still a striking world to be swept up in."


"I thought it was impeccably crafted... gorgeously photographed and entirely -- although intentionally -- lacking in the verve and spontaneity that I cherish in movies above all else."

Wall Street JournalWall Street Journal

"Campion builds the tension slowly and emphatically, telegraphing the perils ahead. Yet when the two-edged climax comes it’s powerfully unexpected."

The Globe and MailThe Globe and Mail

"A tricky, arresting neo-noir Western."

Entertainment WeeklyEntertainment Weekly

"This is a movie as big as the open sky, but one where human emotions are still distinctly visible, as fine and sharp as a blade of grass."

Time MagazineTime Magazine

"The young Smit-McPhee acts Cumberbatch off the screen."

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The Power of the Dog | Details

Award winner
Winner of Best Film and Director at the 2022 BAFTAs. Silver Lion for Best Director at the 2021 Venice Film Festival. People's Choice Award winner (Second Runner Up) at Toronto Film Festival 2021. Best Director, Picture (Drama) and Supporting Actor (Smit-McPhee) winner at the 2022 Golden Globes.
R13, Animal cruelty & content that may disturb
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