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Animal Factory Reviews

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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Jeremiah Kipp
Filmcritic.com

Steve Buscemi has given us a solid.

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

January 1, 2000
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A sober drama set in a maximum-security prison where a middle-aged "King of the Yard" mentors an inexperienced middle-class young man.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 4/5

January 1, 2000
Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
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A picture about adapting one's instincts, and Mr. Buscemi's deftness works well in this context.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

January 1, 2000
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total

| Original Score: 3/5

June 22, 2004
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon

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

June 28, 2003
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
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
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
Jamie Russell
BBC.com

Full Review Source: BBC.com | Original Score: 4/5

June 24, 2003
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
January 1, 2000
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
May 16, 2003

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July 8, 2003

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