'Bullhead' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   1 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   68 reviews
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    34
    Bullhead proves that you can make an underworld movie pumped up with pretension.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Stephen Holden New York Times (Top Critic)
    60
    Part character study, part crime thriller, "Bullhead" is the impressive but deeply flawed first feature written and directed by Michael R. Roskam.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Henry Barnes Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    80
    This thriller about a steroid-boosting farmer lost in the moral maze of Belgium's mafia underworld is a stylish, meaty treat.
    Full Review » 1 year ago
  • Mark Jenkins Washington Post (Top Critic)
    75
    Many terms applied to action movies - muscular, animalistic, testosterone-fueled - are literally true of Bullhead.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Wesley Morris Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    50
    [It] has enough strands of story for an epic tale. But Roskam appears more interested in trying to combine genres that don't easily cohere.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Melissa Anderson Village Voice (Top Critic)
    The sentiment, just like the repeated shots of Jacky lying in the fetal position in a tub, shadowboxing, and erupting into a bestial 'roid rage, typifies the film's habit of flattening an idea rather than developing it.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    60
    Well-made, engrossing and almost unbearably grim.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • James Rocchi MSN Movies (Top Critic)
    90
    Bullhead is a fierce slab of filmmaking served sizzling hot, but at the center it's ice-cold and bloody.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Anthony Lane New Yorker (Top Critic)
    Some of the dialogue is overloaded, but the formidable cinematography, by Nicolas Karakatsanis, envelops us in an ever-darkening world.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    75
    It's one of those films you have to reconstruct in your mind.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    75
    Despite the unlikely setup, this Oscar-nominated thriller proves that where illegal substances are concerned, one line of trafficking is as deadly as another.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Rex Reed New York Observer (Top Critic)
    75
    Take a chance and you will be rewarded with a work of nightmarish force that is unforgettable.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Boyd van Hoeij Variety (Top Critic)
    Though the story is told and edited in a way that too often obscures rather than enhances its central tragedy, much is compensated by a career-defining, powerfully physical lead perf by Matthias Schoenaerts.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • William Goss Film.com (Top Critic)
    Guided with a sure hand by writer-director Roskam, Bullhead is a tragic character study in the guise of a seedy crime drama.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Dana Stevens Slate (Top Critic)
    I hope we'll be getting another chance to watch Matthias Schoenaerts' work in the near future -- as huge as he is in this role, I suspect there's plenty more to see.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Natasha Senjanovic Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    Michael R. Roskam's feature debut finds a gem in Belgian actor Matthias Schoenaerts, who leads a strong cast.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Christy Lemire Associated Press (Top Critic)
    88
    Eventually it reveals itself to be a character drama about the way the past shapes us and our inability to escape it, no matter how convincingly we believe we've transformed ourselves.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Kenneth Turan Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    80
    Starts out like a thriller and turns into a disturbing tragedy in an unlikely and unexpected key.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Greg Klymkiw Electric Sheep
    Roskam hooks us like a master and leads us where he needs to and wants to - on HIS terms and those that the story demands.
    Full Review » 1 year ago
  • Alistair Harkness Scotsman
    80
    Roskam has created a convoluted but airtight plot involving undercover investigations, betrayals and revenge, it doesn't go in the direction one might expect.
    Full Review » 1 year ago
  • Philip French Observer [UK]
    [A] bleak, dense, complex thriller ...
    Full Review » 1 year ago
  • Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com
    75
    Full Review » 1 year ago
  • Rich Cline Contactmusic.com
    80
    Dark and involving, this shocking Belgian drama not only earned an Oscar nomination but propelled its director and leading man into much bigger movies.
    Full Review » 1 year ago
  • Daily Express
    80
    It looks fantastic, boasts an unusual storyline and Schoenaerts is as compelling as a young Marlon Brando.
    Full Review » 1 year ago
  • Derek Malcolm This is London
    80
    Its centre holds, largely because of Schoenaerts's capacity to elicit our sympathy despite everything.
    Full Review » 1 year ago