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Cook County (2011)



Average Rating: 3.4/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 6

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Living in a small town and amongst a house full of crystal meth abusers, seventeen year-old Abe (Ryan Donowho) wrestles to beat an addiction to meth and struggles to protect himself and his young niece from an abusive Uncle Bump (Anson Mount). When Sonny (Xander Berkeley) returns home from prison seeking redemption from his son, Abe, the two must navigae the treacherous waters created by Bump, who will do almost anything to maintain a dangerous lifestyle fueled by crystal meth. The tension and



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There's rarely a point when we believe in any of these characters, the bleakly romanticized setting or their increasingly ugly story.

December 16, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Comment (1)
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Meth addicts at least can qualify for treatment; where, though, is the rehab facility for indie directors addicted to making ugly little movies about wretched little losers?

December 16, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Post
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What we need is for the writer and director, David Pomes, to wallow less in aimless dialogue and lowlife sordidness. What we need is a point.

December 15, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Its almost-gleeful horrorshow quality comes with the tinge of exploitation. Misery begets more misery, but to what end?

December 15, 2011 Full Review Source: AV Club
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Pomes squeezes in a few well-observed details among the recycled white-trash clichés...

December 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Rather than viewing moral chaos from the eye of a storm, director David Pomes watches his movie blow off into the storm itself.

December 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Cook County excels primarily due to the acting merits of Anson Mount. Mount portrays Bump as one of the more menacing, and yet pathetic, drug dealers ever to grace cinema.

December 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Threat
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Strictly recommended for those dying to watch crystal meth addicts being, well, crystal meth addicts, with every attendant horror. Anyone?

December 19, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

A gritty, pungent drama with some nicely attuned performances; the rank aroma of frantic hopelessness can almost be smelled coming off the screen.

December 18, 2011 Full Review Source:

Pomes is honest about why people do drugs. Bump does drugs because drugs feel good. They raise him up from the squalor that is his existence. Meth energizes him, makes him feel alive and powerful ...

December 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Cook County trades in a particular type of backwoods grime that might be dubbed "redneck junkie chic."

December 11, 2011 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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Audience Reviews for Cook County

"Sick and disturbing. Those are the two words that I was left with after seeing this movie. The things that Bump does in this film made me absolutely sick. Its like a train wreck, you don't want to watch, but you can't seem to look away. I had a hard time with one scene in particular. I won't give it away, but I'm sure if you see the movie, you might guess which scene that was. I would like to think that these things are far from how it is with real drug addicts, but it's not. Those who have been around this kind of scene will know that it doesn't trail too far from being absolutely true to the behavior of someone who's addicted to methamphetamine. It's sad. See it if you want. I know I won't be watching it agian. Once was enough for me."
January 18, 2013

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In "Cook County," Bump(Anson Mount) spends most of his days either cooking meth or consuming it with what he would loosely call friends. He employs his teenaged nephew Abe(Ryan Donowho) to run errands while Bump's infant daughter Deandra(Makenna Fitszimmons) runs free on the property. After two and a half years, Bump's brother Sonny(Xander Berkeley) is released from prison but has to turn down his brother's offer of drugs due to his peeing in a cup for his parole officer who also wants to make sure his charge gets an honest job.

The strength of "Cook County" comes from its performances which are so lived in that they positively reek which is a compliment, by the way. If it had stopped there, this still might have been worth a recommendation but there is also a great sequence of crosscutting between two very disparate households that is the movie in a microcosm. The whole purpose of which is to show the dangers and decay of drug use without being preachy. At the same time, considering how bad the adults are(Sonny has some perspective but not quite enough), one wonders what hope there is for the children in this harrowing world.
August 22, 2013
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    1. Uncle Bump: I'm a public servant.
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
    1. Sonny: Until I got two sticks I can rub together I feel a little bit responsible.
    – Submitted by Chris P (2 years ago)
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