Animal Factory
Animal Factory (2000)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 20, 2000
DVD Release Date: January 9, 2001
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Critic Score: 82% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Stephanie Zacharek

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.

Elvis Mitchell
New York Times

A picture about adapting one's instincts, and Mr. Buscemi's deftness works well in this context.

Harry Guerin
RTÉ (Ireland)

What it does lack is a performance by Furlong that's the equal of Dafoe's.

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Amy Taubin
Village Voice

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.

Michael Dequina

The opaque performances offer little in the way of shading.

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Brent Simon
Entertainment Today

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.

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Ernest Hardy

The bleakness and myriad cruelties of the prison system are telegraphed with a graceful touch.

Cole Smithey

"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.

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Brandon Judell
Detour Magazine

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

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Flixster Audience Score: 58% Flixster User Reviews
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[img][/img] Steve Buscemi proves here the extent of his talent, both as a screen presence and… More
xGary Xx
Directed by Steve Buscemi, Animal Factory is a tough prison drama following young convict Edward Furlong as he is taught the ropes of life behind bars by… More
Randy Tippy
Somewhat edgy, somewhat anticlimactic. Buscemi's directing is superb but his casting is hit & miss.
Curtis Lilly
Nothing new here. Entertaining, but not special. Prison sucks, join gangs or die, and escape at the end. Clean cut.
Melvin White
Earl Copen: Better to reign in hell than to serve in heaven.  "On the Inside the Rules Are Brutal and the Stakes Are High" Steve Buscemi can… More
Arash Xak
Not bad But it's a typical prison movie & has nothing special