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.
March 22, 2019
For all the absurdist-tragic trappings... this is still your basic boneheaded, right-wing action movie - skewed so that its heroes' moral relativism is meant to be a sign of their manly integrity.
March 22, 2019
Zahler's filmmaking feels like the cinematic equivalent of "I'm not racist - my black friend says so," filling in supporting roles with black and Latino actors who are either reduced to stereotypes or just plain mistreated. Sometimes both.
March 22, 2019
It's difficult to ignore the craftsmanship and performances in Dragged Across Concrete simply because you don't like some of its darker themes or feel like it's too long.
March 21, 2019
It's apt to send crime-film fanatics who prefer their pulp nasty, brutish and incredibly long into fits of glee. For others, the title doubles as an apt description of the experience of watching it.
March 21, 2019
Zahler only really grips you, alas, with his trademark ferocious displays of violence, which felt like a logical endgame in "Bone Tomahawk" and "Brawl in Cell Block 99," but too often smack here of pointless sadism.
March 21, 2019
The movie is generally watchable, even at its slowest and ugliest, simply because the actors are solid even when their characters are repellent.
March 20, 2019
There's no shortage of significant works of art in which characters voice repellent ideas and do repellent things that, however, are distinguished artistically from the artist's own point of view. This isn't one of them.
Top Critic
March 20, 2019
This is an ugly, borderline vile piece of work. Thing is, it's also been made with craft, wit, and a frankly exhilarating disregard for how films like this are supposed to operate, how they usually sound and move.
March 19, 2019
Yet this is no ordinary crime drama. What makes "Concrete" so strange - and, at times, frustrating - are its unexpected plot turns: seeming detours that inevitably lead us straight back to the story's black heart.
September 5, 2018
Zahler is not subtle but he is bludgeoningly effective.
September 5, 2018
The set pieces are inventive and nasty, with an unflinching eye for violence. Such style and confidence is impressive. But after three movies, his increasingly morose characters' world-weariness is becoming wearying in itself.
September 4, 2018
Potentially one of the most engrossing 158-minute films you'll ever sit through.
September 4, 2018
Few filmmakers come to mind who could orchestrate these slow-burning set pieces with such precision; it's like watching a chess game in which everyone thinks they're a king but most of them are pawns
September 4, 2018
Takes a while to find its feet and settle down, but when it does, it's tense and very well executed.
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