Donnybrook Reviews

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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
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
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
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
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
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
February 11, 2019
The film knots several strands of new-millennium despair into something that very nearly approximates greatness in its first half.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 8, 2019
A unique, twisted, and not altogether unwelcome thriller.
February 8, 2019
The film exudes a grungy, B-movie ethos in keeping with its scrappy, resourceful characters.
October 30, 2018
Donnybrook is a powerful film that throws punches and pulls none.
September 24, 2018
Bleak misery porn... Compelling, visceral... Has an appealing somberness to it.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 15, 2018
This is a dark film that digs deep into the cavernous depths of humanity to find some of its key personalities and envision their abysmal actions.
September 11, 2018
The apocalyptic vision of the heartland created by Sutton and his cast (based on the novel by Frank Bill) is impressively convincing, even if the themes are often overstated and the film itself is very hard to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 8, 2018
The world's gone to hell and Tim Sutton's film crafts a devastating howl.
Full Review | Original Score: A
September 8, 2018
Dark [and] bruise-inducingly poetic...
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
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
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
I like my sleaze 100% pure; this movie is covered in Sleaze-Whiz.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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