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BULLHEAD Reviews Are In!

Michaël R. Roskam's Oscar nominated debut opened yesterday in NYC, LA & Austin to stellar reviews and press coverage around the country - here are some of the highlights.

BULLHEAD Reviews Are In!

Michaël R. Roskam’s emotionally powerful Oscar nominee BULLHEAD opened yesterday in Los Angeles (The Cinefamily, Laemmle Monica 4/NoHo 7/Playhouse 7), New York City (Angelika Film Center, AMC Empire 25) and Austin (Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar/Village/Lake Creek) to stellar reviews and press coverage in mainstream publications across the country.

Kenneth Turan of The Los Angeles Times called the bovine crime saga an “intense, shattering film, a confident and accomplished punch-in-the-gut debut,” while Rex Reed of The New York Observer says the film an “extremely original work...fascinating and unforgettable.” For Stephen Holden at The New York Times, BULLHEAD was “impressive,” adding that it was “a stark tragedy of masculinity and its chemical boundaries.”

“Forget Brad Pitt’s baseball drama or dapper Frenchman Jean Dujardin; BULLHEAD is the Oscar nominee you should be obsessing over,” says GQ Magazine in an article titled “Why You Need To See BULLHEAD,” adding that “it might be one of the best films of the year.”

For James Rocchi at MSN Movies, the Belgian tragedy features an “Oscar-level lead performance (Matthias Schoenaerts) that is part RAGING BULL and part Oedipus Rex.” Comparisons to De Niro’s unforgettable turn as RAGING BULL's “Jake La Motta," who is also robbed of his dignity and manhood, extends in Scott Tobias' review for NPR where he calls Schoenaerts' performance “unforgettable,” also adding that the film earned “a largely deserved Oscar nomination.”

Michaël and Matthias have been busy traveling back-and-forth from New York City to Los Angeles non-stop for the past month promoting their Academy Award contender and have conducted interviews with some of the world’s largest media outlets. During a pool-side interview, Roskam told Mark Olsen of The Los Angeles Times for their Oscar Envelope issue, “once you start playing the game, you want to win it.”

"For me, I feel like it's going to the world championship of cinema, and I'm already there in the finals," Roskam told The New York Times' Carpetbagger, "I cannot lose, I can only win, so I'm just going to enjoy it." The Belgian duo also conducted a video interview with Reuters on their surprise Oscar nomination which you can see here.

Exclusive clips of BULLHEAD have debuted this week on The Los Angeles Times, Entertainment Weekly, Awards Daily, Hulu and HitFix. Roskam provided audio commentary exclusively for to the magnificent theatrical trailer cut by UK's Intermission.

Drafthouse Films will expand BULLHEAD this coming Friday to theaters in San Francisco, Berkeley, Santa BarbaraPalm Springs, Seattle, Washington DC, BostonDallas, San Antonio, Houston, Minneapolis, Portland, Denver, Salt Lake City, WinchesterTucson, Cincinnati, ColumbusAsheville and Northampton


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