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.
Every time the narrative's underworld schnooks and low-level lowlifes edge their way out of the periphery, a sense of snorting impatience takes over.
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
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.