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Living in a small town and amongst a house full of crystal meth abusers, seventeen year-old Abe (Ryan Donowho) wrestles to beat an addiction to meth and struggles to protect himself and his young niece from an abusive Uncle Bump (Anson Mount). When Sonny (Xander Berkeley) returns home from prison seeking redemption from his son, Abe, the two must navigae the treacherous waters created by Bump, who will do almost anything to maintain a dangerous lifestyle fueled by crystal meth. The tension and suspense build up to an electrifying ending where harrowing choices are made by all three men leading… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 38%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"There's rarely a point when we believe in any of these characters, the bleakly romanticized setting or their increasingly ugly story."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"Its almost-gleeful horrorshow quality comes with the tinge of exploitation. Misery begets more misery, but to what end?"
‑ Alison Willmore, AV Club
"Cook County excels primarily due to the acting merits of Anson Mount. Mount portrays Bump as one of the more menacing, and yet pathetic, drug dealers ever to grace cinema."
‑ Mark Bell, Film Threat
"Pomes is honest about why people do drugs. Bump does drugs because drugs feel good. They raise him up from the squalor that is his existence. Meth energizes him, makes him feel alive and powerful ..."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Meth addicts at least can qualify for treatment; where, though, is the rehab facility for indie directors addicted to making ugly little movies about wretched little losers?"
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"Pomes squeezes in a few well-observed details among the recycled white-trash clichés..."
‑ Sam Adams, Time Out New York
"Strictly recommended for those dying to watch crystal meth addicts being, well, crystal meth addicts, with every attendant horror. Anyone?"
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"Cook County trades in a particular type of backwoods grime that might be dubbed "redneck junkie chic.""
‑ Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
"What we need is for the writer and director, David Pomes, to wallow less in aimless dialogue and lowlife sordidness. What we need is a point."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"Rather than viewing moral chaos from the eye of a storm, director David Pomes watches his movie blow off into the storm itself."
‑ Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice
"A gritty, pungent drama with some nicely attuned performances; the rank aroma of frantic hopelessness can almost be smelled coming off the screen."
‑ Brent Simon,
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