Cook County

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  • Summary: Living in a small town and amongst a house full of crystal meth abusers, seventeen year-old Abe wrestles to beat an addiction to meth and struggles to protect himself and his young niece from an abusive Uncle Bump. When Sonny returns home from prison seeking redemption from his son, Abe, theLiving in a small town and amongst a house full of crystal meth abusers, seventeen year-old Abe wrestles to beat an addiction to meth and struggles to protect himself and his young niece from an abusive Uncle Bump. When Sonny returns home from prison seeking redemption from his son, Abe, the two must navigate the treacherous waters created by Bump, who will do almost anything to maintain a dangerous lifestyle fueled by crystal meth. The tension and suspense build up to an electrifying ending where harrowing choices are made by all three men leading each of them to a different fate. (Greenwood Films) Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 9
  2. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Dec 13, 2011
    70
    Its raw performances and dirty-realist immersion in a harsh environment keep Cook County engrossing.
  2. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Nov 7, 2011
    70
    Despite a few continuity problems, this rough-edged, low-budget drama impresses with spot-on performances, perfect-pitch dialogue and an overall sense that something bad might happen at any moment, unless something worse happens first.
  3. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Dec 15, 2011
    58
    Cook County is an evocative portrait of the drug blight that's infected swaths of our country, but not only does it not get beyond that, its almost-gleeful horrorshow quality comes with the tinge of exploitation. Misery begets more misery, but to what end?
  4. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Dec 14, 2011
    50
    There's nothing slick or entertaining about the crumbling existence of Pomes' unsalvageable antiheroes.
  5. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    Dec 13, 2011
    40
    Pomes squeezes in a few well-observed details among the recycled white-trash clich├ęs, but any AMC viewer who's tuned into the lead-in for Mount's TV Western - Breaking Bad - expects far, far more from his or her meth-fueled entertainment.
  6. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Dec 13, 2011
    40
    Rather than viewing moral chaos from the eye of a storm, director David Pomes watches his movie blow off into the storm itself.
  7. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Dec 16, 2011
    12
    Depravity and addiction can be dramatic and fascinating, or they can be as they are in this week's indie filthathon Cook County.

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