• Released
  • February 17, 2012
  • (limited)
  • R , 2 hr 4 min
  • Art House/Foreign
Bullhead Synopsis
A look at the Belgian cattle industry as a shady world controlled by gangsters and opportunists.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Natasha Senjanovic
The actor literally takes the metaphors of his bull-headed character to the limits and is never less than believable or mesmerizing.
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By Scott Tobias
Writer-director Michael K. Roskam takes his time in revealing why Jacky needs to shoot up, but that LaMotta restlessness is unmistakable -...
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New York 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...
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Washington Post

Many terms applied to action movies - muscular, animalistic, testosterone-fueled - are literally true of Bullhead.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Bullhead contains the elements for a simple but overwhelming personal tragedy. It also contains other elements that create a muddle. It's...
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
Schoenaerts is often affecting and just as often scarily intense. The film's intensity, by contrast, beams on and off.
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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...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Walter Addiego
There seems to be a pretty good film lurking around inside Bullhead, which makes what we actually see on the screen all the more...
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Roskam appears more interested in trying to combine genres that don't easily cohere. On one hand, the film's a crime-thriller and police...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Overheated yet bizarrely opaque criminal character study from Belgium.
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By wordsatnight
Definitely a fantastic movie. Despite all his flaws, the Jacky was difficult not to love....

Disturbing and distressing

By dpbrew
I'm rating this movie as a go though my feelings are more like no. If you want to be disturbed and see a movie that distresses you, this should work. For a movie about dysfunctional miserable people,...


By Pochit
Murky but a worthwhile trip....

great and gritty

By chandyshiner
Loved this movie! Dark, gritty and oh so sensitive. Lead actor Matteus is fabulous!! A strange movie, but packed with a deep punch....

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Rated R | For Language, Some Strong Violence and Sexual Content