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The Wolfpack

Documentary . Biography

Locked away from society in an apartment on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the Angulo brothers learn about the outside world through the films that they watch. Nicknamed ‘The Wolfpack’, the brothers spend their childhood reenacting their favorite films using elaborate home-made props and costumes. Their world is shaken up when one of the brothers escapes and everything changes.

Actors: Bhagavan Angulo , Govinda Angulo , Jagadisa Angulo , Narayana Angulo , Krsna Angulo , Mukunda Angulo , Chloe Pecorino , Ned Shatzer , Oscar Angulo , Susanne Angulo
Directors: Crystal Moselle
Country: USA
Release: 2015-06-12
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  • Michael O'Sullivan

    More than a testament to the power of cinematic storytelling as food for the human spirit, The Wolfpack also is a portrait of a family that has had to rely on each other to survive.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Jordan Hoffman

    Not since Grey Gardens has a film invited us into such a strange, barely-functioning home and allowed us to gawk without reservation. This is a nosy movie, but it is altogether fascinating.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Jeff Baker

    That this is a documentary, this family lived in New York for decades in almost complete separation from its neighbors, is astonishing.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Chris Nashawaty

    As the film goes on, their rebellious thirst for freedom and independence slowly builds to a physical and psychological emancipation that Moselle never quite follows through on. Still, she’s discovered a stunning, stranger-than-fiction story and tells it with sensitivity, intimacy, and compassion.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    It tells a story irresistible to our age of rampant voyeurism and reality TV, yet it also has a potent emotional core that cannot be denied.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Everything about The Wolfpack is extraordinary.

    Time Full Review
  • Amy Nicholson

    The Wolfpack is more like a diorama of the Angulos' unusual childhood than an explanatory documentary.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Eric Kohn

    Despite the mixture of vérité footage and home movies showing the Angulos in their apartment, The Wolfpack feels more in line with a form of ethnographic storytelling than anything else, because the story is told exclusively in terms of their relationship to it.

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • Christine Jun

    Perhaps the greatest shock is how decent the boys turn out to be. They're sincere, articulate, yet self-aware: they have been shaped, not ruined, by their experience.

    CineVue Full Review
  • Matt Glasby

    A once-in-a-lifetime subject, sensitively brought to the screen, the Angulos’ story makes the strange seem ordinary and the ordinary, insane.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    It's stunning (and amazingly well done) and hard to believe.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    Documentary has a tradition of trafficking in the misery of other people’s lives, so it’s a relief that “The Wolfpack” doesn’t drag you down or offer packaged uplift, but instead tells a strange tale with heart and generosity.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    This is the rare “profile” documentary that is also a transcendent work of art. It raises questions we’ll be trying to answer for as long as there is art.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Lee Marshall

    The reason The Wolfpack is so fascinating, and at times so disturbing, is because it keeps us teetering uneasily between empathy for a remarkable human drama and the suspicion that we’re not getting the whole truth, let alone nothing but the truth.

    Screen International Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    By the time this harmless but possibly harmed pack of pups is seen approaching the Atlantic Ocean at Coney Island for the very first time – “Look at that, there’s people all over the beach,” one brother nervously mutters – it’s clear that there are second acts, and more, in American lives, even ones so borderline freakish as the ones presented here.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    Despite its considerable faults, this bizarre, fascinating story is impossible to shake off, like the expression on the face of one of the brothers as he's talking about his father and begins getting choked up (instead of crying, he smiles convincingly, evidence of a life led having to learn to hide his emotions for fear of reprisal).

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    The movie only looks like a coming-of-age freak show from the outside; in reality, it’s unexpected proof that flowers can grow even in a prison.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    The Wolfpack is frustrating in how much it doesn't tell us about the Angulos and the legal tangle that comes with their release. But once you've met these kids, you won't forget them — or the film that puts a hypnotic and haunting spin on movie love.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Tasha Robinson

    For all its rough, unfinished edges, The Wolfpack is absolutely mesmerizing.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Scott Foundas

    So weirdly fascinating is the tale of the Angulo clan that one wishes The Wolfpack were that much sharper, more searching and coherently organized. Still, there is much to enjoy in director Crystal Moselle’s debut documentary feature.

    Variety Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    The most perplexing thing about this portrait is that, against all odds, the kids mostly seem outlandishly resilient and good-natured. I say “seem” because, again, I don’t entirely trust this portrait. Too much of what Moselle shows us looks tenderized.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Brian Tallerico

    Despite the sense sometimes that Moselle isn’t driving “Wolfpack” in the way needed to make it truly work, she undeniably finds some beautiful moments in the trajectory of the Angulos, although they are sometimes so fleeting as to frustrate when they aren’t further developed. Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    Moselle, granted all this access, leaves so many questions unanswered that The Wolfpack is frustrating to sit through.

    Movie Nation Full Review
  • Joshua Rothkopf

    Those euphoric moments, scored to Black Sabbath, show the brothers sneaking out in their masks, discovering activism and growing into individuals. You’ll wish Moselle had started, not ended, there.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Katherine Pushkar

    There is a train-wreck quality to this film. The story is so astounding, you can’t look away. But as a documentary, there are so many questions both unasked and unanswered that it feels more like reality TV, mostly about the spectacle.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • John DeFore

    Benefitting from likeable, good-natured subjects and the peculiar pastimes with which they fill their cooped-up hours, the doc certainly gets us interested in and rooting for the Angulo boys.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

    The Wolfpack is perhaps too reluctant to pursue lines of inquiry; what starts as a nonfiction mood piece grows frustratingly opaque as the brothers begin to venture out into the real world, meet girls, and get jobs.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Kate Erbland

    The Wolfpack is a film about access, and though we are admitted into the world of the eponymous Wolfpack, not understanding how we got there robs the film of compelling commentary.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Clayton Dillard

    Crystal Moselle aims her cinematic arrow at the hearts of the same choir that Andrew Jarecki's stunted aesthetics preach to.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
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