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Animal Factory Reviews

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Michael Dequina
January 17, 2010
The opaque performances offer little in the way of shading.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Cole Smithey
May 16, 2009
"Animal Factory" shows in unflinching scenes of stabbings, race riots, drug use, attempted rape, and constantly boiling chaotic violence, how hardened criminals are formed by incessant molding inside American penitentiaries.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Harry Guerin
RTÉ (Ireland)
August 14, 2003
What it does lack is a performance by Furlong that's the equal of Dafoe's.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
January 16, 2003
We may have seen this type of Animal before, but Furlong and Dafoe's work -- and Buscemi's honest, caring touch with these fringe-dwellers -- make it seem fresh.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Brandon Judell
Detour Magazine
November 17, 2002
there are two reasons to fast-forward this offering when it's released on video: (1) Mickey Rourke's over-the-top bejeweled drag queen and (2) Tom Arnold's truly rotten performance as a baddy who has the hots for boy-buns. Roseanne's finally gotten her re
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James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
Prison flick from ex-con screenwriter is raw and realistic, with powerful acting.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
July 9, 2002
A scary and unflinching look at prison life.
| Original Score: 7/10
Clint Morris
June 20, 2002
Similar to "Shawshank", "Animal Factory" is a far-less-established outing, but never the less interesting. Without the weighty support cast it mightn't have been as intriguing though, because there's a lack of depth missing from the screenplay
| Original Score: 3/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
April 25, 2002
The most disturbing thing in Animal Factory is watching sleepy Edward Furlong try to act.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
Jason Clark
Matinee Magazine
February 4, 2002
It confirms that Buscemi is a director that's here to stay.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Stephanie Zacharek
December 19, 2001
You come away with the sense that you should have come to care (or at least to know) more about its central characters than you do.
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Amy Taubin
Village Voice
August 17, 2001
It's the relationship between Willem Dafoe, as Earl, the hard-time veteran, and Edward Furlong, as Ron, the new boy he takes under his wing, that makes the film so compelling.
Wesley Lovell
Apollo Guide
February 7, 2001
Here we see prison as we've seen it before, but with a touch of originality.
Read More | Original Score: 69/100
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
January 1, 2000
A picture about adapting one's instincts, and Mr. Buscemi's deftness works well in this context.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Ernest Hardy
January 1, 2000
The bleakness and myriad cruelties of the prison system are telegraphed with a graceful touch.

E! Online
January 1, 2000
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
The prison atmosphere of constant danger was fully captured, as the film had a gritty, realistic look.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Harvey S. Karten
January 1, 2000
Where Darabont's drama is an overlong 142 minutes, Buscemi's is a just-right 94, and where Shawshank is predictable, Animal Factory surprises.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
January 1, 2000
One has to admire Buscemi's film not only for its achievement, which is considerable, but also for the traps it gingerly avoids, which were equally great.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jeremiah Kipp
January 1, 2000
Steve Buscemi has given us a solid.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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