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  • Summary: Bullhead is a harrowing tale of revenge, redemption and fate. Domineering cattle farmer Jacky Vanmarsenille, constantly pumped on steroids and hormones, initiates a shady deal with a notorious mafioso meat trader. When an investigating federal agent is assassinated and a woman from his traumatic past resurfaces, Jacky must confront his demons and face the far-reaching consequences of his decisions. (Drafthouse Films) Expand
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Feb 15, 2012
    91
    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.
  2. 90
    The actor literally takes the metaphors of his bull-headed character to the limits and is never less than believable or mesmerizing.
  3. Reviewed by: Kate Erbland
    Feb 14, 2012
    80
    An impressively dark and well-crafted crime tale about, of all things, cattle farming and "the hormone mafia underworld."
  4. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Feb 14, 2012
    75
    I can tell you only that this is a film unlike anything I've seen before-harrowing, haunting and sordid. Be forewarned, it is not for the squeamish. But take a chance and you will be rewarded with a work of nightmarish force that is unforgettable.
  5. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Mar 16, 2012
    60
    Unlike most enforcers in the movies, Jacky isn't just a brainless slab of meat.
  6. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Feb 14, 2012
    60
    Every time the narrative's underworld schnooks and low-level lowlifes edge their way out of the periphery, a sense of snorting impatience takes over. This is Jacky's story, and when he's grabbing Bullhead by the horns, you don't want him to let go.
  7. Reviewed by: Calum Marsh
    Feb 15, 2012
    38
    What Bullhead ultimately lacks isn't balls but insight and empathy.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Feb 23, 2012
    10
    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. Expand
  2. Feb 25, 2013
    10
    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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Expand
  3. Feb 18, 2012
    9
    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
  4. Feb 17, 2012
    8
    Esta película presenta un guión original y con él más o menos logra sacar la película. Repito, la premisa es tan original que logra enganchar hasta el final. Al final la película deja varias reflexiones en torno a la virilidad, la justicia, etc. Absolutamente recomendable. Collapse
  5. Feb 17, 2012
    7
    What could have been a very interesting character study on the things that mature us and make us men, is inevitably distracted by a relevant and interesting sub-plot involving treating cattle with illegal growth stimulants in the gangster underworld. The story gets lost in the plot, though the acting is worth the price of admission, and the direction at times is shows an amazing amount of empathy and fear. This good film could have been an instant classic with another script rewrite, but it's still a worthy contender for Best Foreign Language film, though it'll inevitably lose to "A Separation". Expand
  6. Nov 14, 2013
    7
    You start off not liking the main character, Jacky, seemingly a low IQ brute on massive steroids. Then we see why, or at least what, caused him to end up a battered human. Just when we get that message he shows us he is a brute after all, but a complicated one, and quite intelligent, when he can see through his steroid haze. The movie unfortunately decides to take on more than a character study and throws in so many additional plots, which take time to unravel, that it ends up distracting from the fascinating human tragedy that is at it's core. There is a Quasimodo sense of a tortured beast, but with no heroine to rescue, and a predictable ending. Expand
  7. Feb 18, 2012
    0
    Not a good movie. I wish I could summarize my complete hatred toward this film within the confines of a paragraphs length, but alas, I am unable, and unwilling at that. Cliche characters, boring, unoriginal. Expand

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