Owen Gleiberman
February 24, 2012 AT 05:00 AM EST

Bullhead

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
126 minutes
Limited Release Date
02/17/12
genre
Drama

We gave it an C-

This overheated yet bizarrely opaque criminal character study from Belgium is set among the “hormone mafia” — i.e., Flemish cattle farmers who fatten their cows with illegal drugs. Jacky (Matthias Schoenaerts), the tormented central goon, is a steroid addict himself, but even when we learn why (in a flashback so grisly it’s nearly impossible to watch), we don’t feel any more connected to him or to the turgidly convoluted plot. A nominee for this year’s Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, Bullhead proves that you can make an underworld movie pumped up with pretension. C-

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