Jay Taylor-Jones’s review published on Letterboxd:
After seeing The Lobster last year and being utterly enthralled by its unwavering eccentricity, I knew that seeking out more films by Lanthimos was a must.
It took me far to long to get around to watching another, but I can safely say that is waw worth the wait. Dogtooth is, compared to The Lobster much smaller in scale. What this allows the film to do, strangely, is growing the weirdness and downright outrageousness. Lanthimos is working with a world that is limited to a house, a garden and a factory. It's because of not having much to perfect that I feel the world of the family is pretty damn incredible. Everything feels thought about, everything seems so unsettlingly planned and chartered. The world-building is incredibly admirable.
It's a combination of Lanthimos's world and his six characters that really work together to create the magnificently uncomfortable environment, built by the seemingly useless things taught by mother and father, the weirdly childlike performances of the three 'children' and the contrast between the house and the outside world.
The children themselves are the characters who we are aligned with from the beginning, with the perspective of father being incorporated when necessary, something that is done seamlessly. It becomes obvious that there is something off when the father prepares his child's bed for, well, you know... it dawned upon me that the freakish horror of the film comes from the fact that this family is so primal. The characters are all living in this house together, their lives all dependent on the breadwinner, the father, who goes out into the 'dangerous' world to bring back what his family need to survive. The characters exchange gifts with payments of licking and they are taught to make animalistic sounds to scare away anything that may 'threaten' them. The contrast of these characters, almost stone-age beings who live without given names, in the backdrop of an upper-class compound, confined by their trust is seriously disturbing.
You've probably figured out my taste; I like the morbid, the macabre, the disturbing. I enjoy things that make me uncomfortable, I enjoy films that confuse me. Dogtooth is all of those things. Dogtooth is the king of those things. It'll make you laugh, it'll make you cringe, it'll make you laugh and cringe at the same time. Your toes will curl right back into your foot and you will curl up into a ball and question why you ever decided to watch it. Yorgos Lanthimos outdoes himself here, I urge you, watch this. You'll probably regret it, but you'll also love yourself for it. Just, please, do not watch it with your family.