Rundskop (Bullhead) Reviews

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February 1, 2013
Its centre holds, largely because of Schoenaerts's capacity to elicit our sympathy despite everything.
February 1, 2013
It's compelling, and Schoenaerts is a treat as this taciturn knot of angst and muscle tone, but Michal R Roskam's film is short on humanity and dash.
January 31, 2013
This thriller about a steroid-boosting farmer lost in the moral maze of Belgium's mafia underworld is a stylish, meaty treat.
January 31, 2013
Bullhead becomes dark, minatory and coruscating in ways not light-aeons distant from Bchner or Scorsese.
January 31, 2013
There's not quite enough in here to justify a second sweep.
March 1, 2012
It's one of those films you have to reconstruct in your mind.
February 27, 2012
Some of the dialogue is overloaded, but the formidable cinematography, by Nicolas Karakatsanis, envelops us in an ever-darkening world.
February 24, 2012
Many terms applied to action movies - muscular, animalistic, testosterone-fueled - are literally true of Bullhead.
February 23, 2012
Even though the crime story winds up overwhelming the proceedings, it's the characters that make Bullhead so powerful and so unique.
February 23, 2012
[It] has enough strands of story for an epic tale. But Roskam appears more interested in trying to combine genres that don't easily cohere.
February 22, 2012
Bullhead proves that you can make an underworld movie pumped up with pretension.
February 22, 2012
Bullhead is a fierce slab of filmmaking served sizzling hot, but at the center it's ice-cold and bloody.
February 17, 2012
I hope we'll be getting another chance to watch Matthias Schoenaerts' work in the near future -- as huge as he is in this role, I suspect there's plenty more to see.
February 17, 2012
Guided with a sure hand by writer-director Roskam, Bullhead is a tragic character study in the guise of a seedy crime drama.
Top Critic
February 16, 2012
A GoodFellas set among the hormone mafia may not sound like a great movie, but Roskam subtly steers it toward intense and agonizing character study, with the bovine-supplement angle raising the stakes and dredging up the past.
February 16, 2012
Starts out like a thriller and turns into a disturbing tragedy in an unlikely and unexpected key.
February 16, 2012
Part character study, part crime thriller, "Bullhead" is the impressive but deeply flawed first feature written and directed by Michael R. Roskam.
February 16, 2012
Well-made, engrossing and almost unbearably grim.
February 16, 2012
Eventually it reveals itself to be a character drama about the way the past shapes us and our inability to escape it, no matter how convincingly we believe we've transformed ourselves.
February 16, 2012
Bullhead is well-plotted, with a powerful ending, but its most brutal scene comes early, explaining why for Schoenaerts, life has been one long wince.
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