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Generally favorable reviews- based on 31 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 31
  2. Negative: 2 out of 31

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  1. Feb 18, 2012
    It's an outstanding film. The lead character is so damaged, and you develop such sympathy for him. The trailer led me to believe he'd be some monster, but the flashbacks to his youth are uniquely heartbreaking, and you come to truly feel for the guy as he's doing his best to live a quasi-normal life given his circumstances. The supporting characters are fantastic. Even some stabs at light humor within the very heavy storyline are effective. The cadence of the film is right on the money. Expand
  2. Feb 23, 2012
    Very good movie. Starts as a rural crime flick then subtly turns into an intense character study. Great performances by the lead actors. Don't miss it, this is what cinema should be: a movie that leaves you thinking for hours about what you just saw.
  3. Feb 25, 2013
    Great and intense! You can see the emotions and the tense plot. It is heartbreaking to see him suffer. The storyline is pitch perfect and would had been one of the best foreign language film!!! Don't think, do it! Watch it, now, or up! Your choice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Mar 16, 2012
    Unlike most enforcers in the movies, Jacky isn't just a brainless slab of meat.
  2. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Mar 2, 2012
    Schoenaerts has the gift of being able to make inarticulateness expressive. Perhaps this is why, in moments, he seems to recall Brando and Dean.
  3. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Mar 1, 2012
    Schoenaerts is often affecting and just as often scarily intense. The film's intensity, by contrast, beams on and off.