Bullhead 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… Bullhead 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… 2012-02-17 R PT126M Drama
Movie Review

Bullhead (2012)

MPAA Rating: R
BULLHEAD Matthias Schoenaerts as "Jacky Vanmarsenille"
BULLHEAD Matthias Schoenaerts as "Jacky Vanmarsenille"
EW's GRADE
C-

Details Limited Release: Feb 17, 2012; Rated: R; Length: 126 Minutes; Genre: Drama

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-

Originally posted Feb 22, 2012 Published in issue #1196 Mar 02, 2012 Order article reprints