What Bullhead ultimately lacks isn't balls but insight and empathy.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
There's not quite enough in here to justify a second sweep.
| Original Score: 2/5
There's a lean, tough, streamlined film to be found here; the main problem is that Bullhead, just like its protagonist, is artificially bulked up until what's underneath is barely visible.
| Original Score: 5/10
underwritten yet overcomplicated
[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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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.
A mix of the half-baked and too-convenient..a chance to graft a story involving a relatively unknown demimonde on to an individual's tragic tale.
Despite a compelling lead performance, this Belgian Foreign-Language Oscar contender is something of a tedious slog.
Bullhead proves that you can make an underworld movie pumped up with pretension.
| Original Score: C-
Between Nicolas Karakatsanis's agile camerawork and an uncanny deployment of silence, Roskam teases open bare, fluid spaces in which Schoenarts' intense performance can really writhe.
| Original Score: 3/5
The only reason to see this film is for the performance of Matthias Schoenaerts.
Director Michael R Roskam makes a decent fist of drawing his weighty elements into a cohesive whole.
Bullhead more than deserves its run at the big screen. So does its star.
| Original Score: 4/5
An impressively dark and well-crafted crime tale about, of all things, cattle farming and "the hormone mafia underworld."
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.
Michael R Roskam's first film is not purely about Jacky, and that's a pity, because no-one else is as good as Schoenaerts ...
Fascinating and beautiful and brutal
It's one of those films you have to reconstruct in your mind.
| Original Score: 3/4
Even though the crime story winds up overwhelming the proceedings, it's the characters that make Bullhead so powerful and so unique.
Guided with a sure hand by writer-director Roskam, Bullhead is a tragic character study in the guise of a seedy crime drama.