Animal Factory
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Ron Decker is a 21-year-old who has just been smacked with a lengthy prison sentence for drug trafficking. Not confident that he can get through prison on his own, he turns to hardened criminal and ex-gang leader Earl Copen for guidance and protection. When Earl sees a bit of himself in Ron that's worth saving, an odd relationship between the two men is forged -- one that has serious consequences for them both.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"You come away with the sense that you should have come to care (or at least to know) more about its central characters than you do."
‑ Stephanie Zacharek,
"A picture about adapting one's instincts, and Mr. Buscemi's deftness works well in this context."
‑ Elvis Mitchell, New York Times
"What it does lack is a performance by Furlong that's the equal of Dafoe's."
‑ Harry Guerin, RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
"Prison flick from ex-con screenwriter is raw and realistic, with powerful acting."
‑ James Rocchi, Netflix
"The most disturbing thing in Animal Factory is watching sleepy Edward Furlong try to act."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"It's the relationship between Willem Dafoe, as Earl, the hard-time veteran, and Edward Furlong, as Ron, the new boy he takes under his wing, that makes the film so compelling."
‑ Amy Taubin, Village Voice
"The opaque performances offer little in the way of shading."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"We may have seen this type of Animal before, but Furlong and Dafoe's work -- and Buscemi's honest, caring touch with these fringe-dwellers -- make it seem fresh."
‑ Brent Simon, Entertainment Today
"A scary and unflinching look at prison life."
‑ Jon Popick, Planet Sick-Boy
"It confirms that Buscemi is a director that's here to stay."
‑ Jason Clark, Matinee Magazine
"The bleakness and myriad cruelties of the prison system are telegraphed with a graceful touch."
‑ Ernest Hardy,
""Animal Factory" shows in unflinching scenes of stabbings, race riots, drug use, attempted rape, and constantly boiling chaotic violence, how hardened criminals are formed by incessant molding inside American penitentiaries."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"there are two reasons to fast-forward this offering when it's released on video: (1) Mickey Rourke's over-the-top bejeweled drag queen and (2) Tom Arnold's truly rotten performance as a baddy who has the hots for boy-buns. Roseanne's finally gotten her re"
‑ Brandon Judell, Detour Magazine
"Similar to "Shawshank", "Animal Factory" is a far-less-established outing, but never the less interesting. Without the weighty support cast it mightn't have been as intriguing though, because there's a lack of depth missing from the screenplay"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"Here we see prison as we've seen it before, but with a touch of originality."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Apollo Guide
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