Dragged Across Concrete Reviews

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April 25, 2019
Zahler knows how to command attention, even if it is by way of provocation.
April 22, 2019
In this new, bleak and often unexpectedly grand genre movie (it's essentially a buddy-cop flick, but with operatic ambitions), the thread out of place, both irritably scratching and strangely arresting, is Mel Gibson.
April 18, 2019
Unrelenting, glib and actually quite intelligent beneath the guts and gore.
April 17, 2019
This is a long film, but there is something so horribly compelling about its unhurried slouch towards the precipice.
March 23, 2019
You never get the sense that Zahler's endorsing his ugly characters' brutal behavior so much as acknowledging that it exists and is worth looking at even if you have to avert your gaze.
March 22, 2019
Dragged Across Concrete is an admittedly distinctive but ultimately mediocre movie that provides far more empty calories of exploitation than genuine food for thought.
August 14, 2019
Clever filmmaking.
August 10, 2019
...the movie is at its best when focused on Gibson and Vaughn's respective protagonists.
August 8, 2019
A muscular and enthralling crime drama.
August 2, 2019
You look back and you pinpoint things that don't belong, adding or detracting...feels like wasted baggage. But this film challenges critics, and challenging audiences, and that's far more interesting than a filmmaker playing it safe.
July 10, 2019
This is another slow-burn and triumph from the director. Mel Gibson is perfectly cast in this crime-thriller.
July 2, 2019
It is the new punch on the table - and on the stomach of the spectator - delivered by an extraordinary filmmaker. [Full Review in Spanish]
June 26, 2019
Where most filmmakers would cut, Zahler keeps the take rolling, to ratchet tension and (perhaps thanks to his novelistic leanings) to shift the tonal gears to a degree that's cinematically inspired...
May 14, 2019
There's something sickly refreshing about a feature that hasn't endured three rounds of sanitization by the way of focus groups and executive notes.
May 10, 2019
What makes the film, which clocks in at 159 minutes, seem less calculating and cynical is the way that slow buildup is steeped in a melancholy that never lets up even through the subsequent violence.
May 3, 2019
You're playing with exploitation. And that will prevent many people - this reviewer included - from finding any entertainment or escapism here.
May 3, 2019
Morally and politically, Dragged Across Concrete is short sighted and sometimes downright idiotic, and yet I can't say that I wasn't constantly engaged by the material and its presentation.
May 3, 2019
The movie's very slowness and quietness makes all the wrongdoing and violence resonate a great deal more; as it goes, we consider consequences more than in any normal film.
April 29, 2019
It's the kind of dark, disturbing, hardly consensual film that was more common in the 70s. In 2019, it's a miracle to discover something like that. [Full review in French]
April 28, 2019
Officer Ridgeman is a man left behind by his inability to adapt to the present, and the jury's out on whether the same thing will happen to Zahler.
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