Donnybrook Reviews

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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
October 9, 2018
A better script could have used that to develop its characters, or, heck, to do anything interesting at all, but instead the movie fills 90 minutes with one-dimensional characters and a meditation on the hopelessness of living.
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 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
September 10, 2018
If Sutton's aim is to give these people a voice, he has not only failed, but he has gone further and reduced them to inchoate caricatures.
February 13, 2019
Has that morose aesthetic and grim determination, but the plot and pacing are too aimless to sustain much interest, even for these relatively brisk 101 minutes.
December 9, 2018
How do you manage to make [this] premise - which I was happily on board with until the first 10 minutes dragged by - as boring as this is?
February 15, 2019
I like my sleaze 100% pure; this movie is covered in Sleaze-Whiz.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
September 8, 2018
It's a pulpy slab of exploitation masquerading as an important treatise on the struggles faced by the working class in rural America, thumping us in the face with its shallow viewpoint until we beg for mercy. Or at least the credits.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
September 11, 2018
Sutton's skill is making you care for these characters and keeping you rooting for them to find some redemption. But then he punishes you for such hopes, all to get across a blunt and hollow message.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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 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
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
September 8, 2018
A repellent mixture of Malick-like dreaminess, Scorsese-esque brutality and the lurid shock/schlock of William Faulkner in Sanctuary mode.
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 13, 2019
Tim Sutton's screen adaptation frequently blunders over the line separating evocative exaggeration from noxious bullshit.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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
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
October 30, 2018
Donnybrook is a powerful film that throws punches and pulls none.
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