• R, 1 hr. 33 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    David Pomes
    In Theaters:
    Dec 16, 2011 Limited
  • Hannover House

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Cook County Reviews

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Mark Bell
Film Threat

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.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 4.5/5

December 21, 2011
David Noh
Film Journal International

Strictly recommended for those dying to watch crystal meth addicts being, well, crystal meth addicts, with every attendant horror. Anyone?

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

December 19, 2011
Brent Simon
Shockya.com

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

Full Review Source: Shockya.com | Original Score: B

December 18, 2011
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 1/5

December 16, 2011
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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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?

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 0.5/4

December 16, 2011
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

December 15, 2011
Alison Willmore
AV Club
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Its almost-gleeful horrorshow quality comes with the tinge of exploitation. Misery begets more misery, but to what end?

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C+

December 15, 2011
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

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 ...

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: 90/100

December 14, 2011
Sam Adams
Time Out New York
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Pomes squeezes in a few well-observed details among the recycled white-trash clichés...

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

December 13, 2011
Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
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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.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

December 13, 2011
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

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

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/4

December 11, 2011
David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
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Debuting writer-director David Pomes brings grimy authenticity and a sustained sense of dread to this bleak but well-acted drug drama.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

November 17, 2011
Joe Leydon
Variety
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This rough-edged, low-budget drama impresses with spot-on performances, perfect-pitch dialogue and an overall sense that something bad might happen at any moment, unless something worse happens first.

Full Review Source: Variety

April 4, 2011

New York Times
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December 17, 2011
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