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Bullhead(Rundskop)

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Belgium, Netherlands
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2011

Rated R · 2h 9m

Director Michaël R. Roskam
Starring Matthias Schoenaerts, Jeroen Perceval, Jeanne Dandoy, Barbara Sarafian

Genre Crime, Drama

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A young cattle farmer enters a shady business arrangement with a veterinarian and an illegal beef trader, but issues from the farmer's past and the assassination of a federal agent threaten to bring too much heat on their operation, and the consequences could be deadly.

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60

Time Out by David Fear

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.
60

New York Daily News by Elizabeth Weitzman

Schoenaerts capably handles a difficult role that's equal parts pathetic, repulsive and heartbreaking. But you'll need a strong will to spend your time with such a tragically hopeless character.
78

Austin Chronicle by Marjorie Baumgarten

A persistent narrative thread that pits Flemish-speaking Belgians against French-speaking Belgians will whiz past most American viewers, but hopefully not distract from its overall impact because this movie grabs the bull by the horns and takes viewers on a surprising ride.
50

Village Voice by Melissa Anderson

The sentiment, just like the repeated shots of Jacky lying in the fetal position in a tub, shadowboxing, and erupting into a bestial 'roid rage, typifies the film's habit of flattening an idea rather than developing it.
91

The A.V. Club by Noel Murray

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.
75

Observer by Rex Reed

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.

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