Donnybrook Reviews

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
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
"Donnybrook" is a movie about, among other things, bare-knuckle fighting, but it's the viewers who will feel beaten down.
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 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 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.
February 13, 2019
Tim Sutton's screen adaptation frequently blunders over the line separating evocative exaggeration from noxious bullshit.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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 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.
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
September 8, 2018
A repellent mixture of Malick-like dreaminess, Scorsese-esque brutality and the lurid shock/schlock of William Faulkner in Sanctuary mode.
September 8, 2018
Dark [and] bruise-inducingly poetic...