Concrete Cowboy

critic Reviews

, 80% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • Well-acted and solidly directed, Concrete Cowboy lassos old-fashioned uplift with its story of a father and son in a little-seen corner of American culture.
  • , Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Robert LevinNewsday
    Builds an entire world in the span of one corner of North Philadelphia, bringing to vivid life this culture of urban cowboys and those struggling to preserve it.
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    Thelma AdamsAARP Movies for Grownups
    The film captures a fascinating urban subculture threatened with extinction -- and Elba's fans will follow the Golden-Globe-winning Luther star anywhere, including horseback.
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    Amy NicholsonFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    Some incredible cinematography, but it's incredibly sleepy all the way through.
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    Angie HanFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    It's worth watching because the setting is so interesting and the performances so strong, but it's a little uneven.
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    Stephanie ZacharekTIME Magazine
    Your classic story about an irritable young man redeemed by an animal, and the embrace of a community. But it's satisfying even so, largely because watching Elba is such a pleasure.
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    Richard RoeperChicago Sun-Times
    Concrete Cowboy is gorgeously photographed, with many of the riding scenes taking place in the magic sunset hour or under the lights of the city and in the rain...
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    Molly AdamsIn Review Online
    Concrete Cowboy never really engages on a deeper level, and ... suffers for its unimaginative, generic script.
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    Frantz JeromeBlack Nerd Problems
    Concrete Cowboy is a well-done and timely coming of age film in the era of the Movement For Black Lives.
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    Mikel ZorrillaEspinof
    Not quite a confounding film. [Full Review in Spanish]
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    Dan BuffaKSDK News (St. Louis)
    Idris Elba doesn't do a lot of dramatic flexing here, the mark of a true artist in the prime of his career. He adds pathos when they aren't even required.
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