Donnybrook Reviews

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February 20, 2019
There are no winners here, only losers.
Full Review | Original Score: F
February 19, 2019
Donnybrook isn't without its highlights - from its searing performance made even more impressive by their limited material to its gorgeous and grim cinematography - however, it simply feels bleak simply for the sake of bleakness.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
February 18, 2019
The downfall of the American dream observed through a hyper violent lens. A tale of brutality and sorrow that lacks an emotional punch. [Full Review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 17, 2019
Sutton presents this brutal tale as though it were the modern equivalent of a Greek tragedy...but it comes across instead like vicious, overblown pulp.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
February 16, 2019
This film is as bleak as it gets. There's nothing wrong with that, except Donnybrook never is able to develop an entry point. You're on board with its brutality or not.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 15, 2019
As an examination of primal aggression and toxic masculinity, this atmospheric drama packs a visceral punch. Yet as a broader glimpse at socioeconomic desperation in the Deep South, it's hardly a knockout.
February 15, 2019
I couldn't get any of what I just saw out of my head for hours after I had viewed it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 15, 2019
Without a solid script to support its darker themes, Donnybrook is simply a joyless exercise in toxic masculinity.
Full Review | Original Score: C
February 15, 2019
The relentlessly bleak nature of Donnybrook will undoubtedly turn off a number of viewers as it's characters circle the drain of life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 15, 2019
If we're to judge a movie by how well a director succeeds at accomplishing what he set out to accomplish, then Donnybrook is at best a demonstration of [Tim] Sutton's technical abilities.
Full Review | Original Score: 78/100
February 15, 2019
The best movies walk the line between having something compelling to say and just being exploitative. It swerves maniacally between those lines like a tweaker on a three-day bender, convinced that its characters have no other choice.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 15, 2019
I like my sleaze 100% pure; this movie is covered in Sleaze-Whiz.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
February 15, 2019
Delia's suffering serves no real purpose. She, along with Dale's corrupt deputy, are two supposedly prominent characters who ironically do nothing to push the story forward.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
February 15, 2019
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
February 15, 2019
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 14, 2019
Writer-director Tim Sutton wants to land an emotional punch about working class desperation without doing the work of creating a realistic landscape.
Full Review | Original Score: D
February 14, 2019
A glacial feature, with the helmer mistaking length for profundity, unable to connect with his overall effort to dissect violence.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
February 14, 2019
"Donnybrook" is a movie about, among other things, bare-knuckle fighting, but it's the viewers who will feel beaten down.
February 14, 2019
America, as designed by Sutton and crew, is vibrant in its decay and alive in ways that make you appreciate what little you have.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 13, 2019
A pointless exercise in gratuitous violence that imagines itself deep because it's got an opera-heavy score.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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