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.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Strictly recommended for those dying to watch crystal meth addicts being, well, crystal meth addicts, with every attendant horror. Anyone?
A gritty, pungent drama with some nicely attuned performances; the rank aroma of frantic hopelessness can almost be smelled coming off the screen.
| Original Score: B
There's rarely a point when we believe in any of these characters, the bleakly romanticized setting or their increasingly ugly story.
| Original Score: 1/5
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?
| Original Score: 0.5/4
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Its almost-gleeful horrorshow quality comes with the tinge of exploitation. Misery begets more misery, but to what end?
| Original Score: C+
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 ...
| Original Score: 90/100
Pomes squeezes in a few well-observed details among the recycled white-trash clichés...
| Original Score: 2/5
Rather than viewing moral chaos from the eye of a storm, director David Pomes watches his movie blow off into the storm itself.
Cook County trades in a particular type of backwoods grime that might be dubbed "redneck junkie chic."
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Debuting writer-director David Pomes brings grimy authenticity and a sustained sense of dread to this bleak but well-acted drug drama.
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.