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Animal Factory Reviews

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Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com

The opaque performances offer little in the way of shading.

Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com | Original Score: 2/4

January 17, 2010
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

"Animal Factory" shows in unflinching scenes of stabbings, race riots, drug use, attempted rape, and constantly boiling chaotic violence, how hardened criminals are formed by incessant molding inside American penitentiaries.

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: A

May 16, 2009
Harry Guerin
RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

What it does lack is a performance by Furlong that's the equal of Dafoe's.

Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland) | Original Score: 3/5

August 14, 2003
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today

We may have seen this type of Animal before, but Furlong and Dafoe's work -- and Buscemi's honest, caring touch with these fringe-dwellers -- make it seem fresh.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Today | Original Score: B

January 16, 2003
Brandon Judell
Detour Magazine

there are two reasons to fast-forward this offering when it's released on video: (1) Mickey Rourke's over-the-top bejeweled drag queen and (2) Tom Arnold's truly rotten performance as a baddy who has the hots for boy-buns. Roseanne's finally gotten her re

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November 17, 2002
James Rocchi
Netflix

Prison flick from ex-con screenwriter is raw and realistic, with powerful acting.

Full Review Source: Netflix | Original Score: 4/5

November 7, 2002
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy

A scary and unflinching look at prison life.

| Original Score: 7/10

July 9, 2002
Clint Morris
Moviehole

Similar to "Shawshank", "Animal Factory" is a far-less-established outing, but never the less interesting. Without the weighty support cast it mightn't have been as intriguing though, because there's a lack of depth missing from the screenplay

| Original Score: 3/5

June 20, 2002
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

The most disturbing thing in Animal Factory is watching sleepy Edward Furlong try to act.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 1/4

April 25, 2002
Jason Clark
Matinee Magazine

It confirms that Buscemi is a director that's here to stay.

Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine | Original Score: B

February 4, 2002
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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You come away with the sense that you should have come to care (or at least to know) more about its central characters than you do.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

December 19, 2001
Amy Taubin
Village Voice
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It's the relationship between Willem Dafoe, as Earl, the hard-time veteran, and Edward Furlong, as Ron, the new boy he takes under his wing, that makes the film so compelling.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

August 17, 2001
Wesley Lovell
Apollo Guide

Here we see prison as we've seen it before, but with a touch of originality.

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 69/100

February 7, 2001
Ernest Hardy
Film.com
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The bleakness and myriad cruelties of the prison system are telegraphed with a graceful touch.

January 1, 2000
Eric Monder
Film Journal International

Perhaps at 95 minutes, the film is just too short to do justice to all these matters, and maybe one needs to read the Edward Bunker novel to fill in the blanks.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

January 1, 2000

E! Online

Intriguing.

Full Review Source: E! Online

January 1, 2000
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The prison atmosphere of constant danger was fully captured, as the film had a gritty, realistic look.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B-

January 1, 2000
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve

Where Darabont's drama is an overlong 142 minutes, Buscemi's is a just-right 94, and where Shawshank is predictable, Animal Factory surprises.

Full Review Source: Compuserve | Original Score: 8/10

January 1, 2000
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

One has to admire Buscemi's film not only for its achievement, which is considerable, but also for the traps it gingerly avoids, which were equally great.

Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: B+

January 1, 2000
Jeremiah Kipp
Filmcritic.com

Steve Buscemi has given us a solid.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 3.5/5

January 1, 2000
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