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Pusher II: With Blood on My Hands(Pusher II)

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Denmark, United Kingdom

2004

1h 40m

Director Nicolas Winding Refn

Starring Mads Mikkelsen, Leif Sylvester, Kurt Nielsen, Anne Sørensen

Genre Crime, Drama, Thriller

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Tonny is released from prison — again. He quickly finds out that he fathered a child before being incarcerated, and must come up with child support. He begins making money again the only way he knows how, by working for his crime boss father.

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Salon by Andrew O'Hehir

There’s some shocking violence in Pusher II, but it’s a more expressive cinematic work, verging here and there on dreamlike surrealism.
80

New York Magazine (Vulture) by David Edelstein

Each film in Nicolas Winding Refn's mesmerizingly brutal Pusher trilogy can stand on its own, but it's fun to see all three and observe the way the bad guys in one become the sympathetic heroes (or anti-heroes) in another.
70

Variety by Deborah Young

Along with the continual build-up of tension and threatened (more than shown) violence, pic is notable for its brutal depiction of the sex industry.
80

The New York Times by Nathan Lee

Where "Pusher" worked fresh texture and authenticity into a classic noir template, Pusher II reaches toward the mode of hyperrealist allegory perfected by the Dardenne brothers.
75

The A.V. Club by Noel Murray

Pusher II works best when it's dwelling on the disconnect between Mikkelsen's lurid imagination and his disappointing reality, though it starts to fade when it becomes about the strained relationships of fathers and sons.
80

Empire by Patrick Peters

The breakneck pace, the seething sense of menace and the unflinching attitude to sex, drugs and violence coagulate into a nastily authentic take on the seediness and venality of modern villainy.
80

Los Angeles Times by Robert Abele

The introduction of a baby that Tonny supposedly fathered feels worrisome initially...but in Refn's skilled street-realist hands, the child becomes a potent, wailing metaphor for Tonny's own dilemma of rudderless need.
75

New York Post by V.A. Musetto

[Refn] mixes jittery hand-held camerawork, improvised dialogue and available light to create a nightmarish world of sex, drugs and horrific brutality that will turn off many viewers while delighting others.

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