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Domineering cattle farmer Jacky Vanmarsenille (Matthias Schoenaerts), 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. -- (C) Drafthouse Films

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's one of those films you have to reconstruct in your mind."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Despite the unlikely setup, this Oscar-nominated thriller proves that where illegal substances are concerned, one line of trafficking is as deadly as another."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Roskam hooks us like a master and leads us where he needs to and wants to - on HIS terms and those that the story demands."
‑ Greg Klymkiw, Electric Sheep
"Its centre holds, largely because of Schoenaerts's capacity to elicit our sympathy despite everything."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"Dark and involving, this shocking Belgian drama not only earned an Oscar nomination but propelled its director and leading man into much bigger movies."
‑ Rich Cline, Contactmusic.com
"Some of the dialogue is overloaded, but the formidable cinematography, by Nicolas Karakatsanis, envelops us in an ever-darkening world."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"Even though the crime story winds up overwhelming the proceedings, it's the characters that make Bullhead so powerful and so unique."
‑ Alonso Duralde, TheWrap
"Roskam has created a convoluted but airtight plot involving undercover investigations, betrayals and revenge, it doesn't go in the direction one might expect."
‑ Alistair Harkness, Scotsman
"It's compelling, and Schoenaerts is a treat as this taciturn knot of angst and muscle tone, but MichaŽl R Roskam's film is short on humanity and dash."
‑ Robbie Collin, Daily Telegraph
"Actually pretty good - no bull."
‑ Grant Rollings, Sun Online
"Many terms applied to action movies - muscular, animalistic, testosterone-fueled - are literally true of Bullhead."
‑ Mark Jenkins, Washington Post
"[It] has enough strands of story for an epic tale. But Roskam appears more interested in trying to combine genres that don't easily cohere."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"[A] bleak, dense, complex thriller ..."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"It looks fantastic, boasts an unusual storyline and Schoenaerts is as compelling as a young Marlon Brando."
‑ , Daily Express
"This thriller about a steroid-boosting farmer lost in the moral maze of Belgium's mafia underworld is a stylish, meaty treat."
‑ Henry Barnes, Guardian
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