Donnybrook (2019)


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Critic Consensus: Donnybrook has a solid cast and noble intentions, but they're overwhelmed by surface storytelling and unrelentingly grim violence.

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Three desperate souls must fight their way out of a dead-end world in this bracing, gut-punching glimpse into America's dark underbelly. Earl (Jamie Bell) is a struggling ex-marine and father determined to make a better life for his family--no matter what it takes. Angus (Frank Grillo) is a violent, unhinged drug dealer who leaves a trail of death and destruction in his wake. And Delia (Margaret Qualley) is a haunted woman who will do anything to escape a life of crime she can no longer bear. In their kill-or-be-killed world, all roads lead to the Donnybrook: an illicit backwoods cage match where bare-knuckled fighters brawl for a shot at a $100,000 prize. It's either a last-ditch chance at redemption--or a death sentence. Blending unflinching brutality with dreamlike lyricism, director Tim Sutton conjures a mesmerizing, visceral vision of life on the extreme margins.

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Frank Grillo
as Chainsaw Angus
Jamie Bell
as Jarhead Earl
Margaret Qualley
as Delia Angus

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All Critics (34) | Top Critics (13)

I like my sleaze 100% pure; this movie is covered in Sleaze-Whiz.

Feb 15, 2019 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Tim Sutton's artfully directed but self-important downer of a movie that's meant to be some sort of Grand Statement about life among dispossessed whites in rural, Midwestern America.

Feb 15, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Anchored by a quartet of fierce performances, "Donnybrook" is an intense, visceral tone poem, a rumination on money and drugs and bloodshed as a means of making ends meet in the heartland of modern America.

Feb 15, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

"Donnybrook" is a movie about, among other things, bare-knuckle fighting, but it's the viewers who will feel beaten down.

Feb 14, 2019 | Full Review…

A pointless exercise in gratuitous violence that imagines itself deep because it's got an opera-heavy score.

Feb 13, 2019 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

While the movie develops a gripping and purposeful arc as it builds to the final act confrontation, the humorless aura has a tendency to stifle its characters' humanity by drowning them in desperation.

Feb 13, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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