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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    Frank SwietekOne Guy's Opinion
    A familiar tale of a boy and his horse is... no less hokey in Philadelphia than it would be in Billings. It does, however, have an intriguing narrative backdrop.
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    Linda CookOurQuadCities / WHBF-TV (Illinois)
    Saddle up for a solid ride with 'Concrete Cowboy.'
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    Steven ProkopyThird Coast Review
    Concrete Cowboy is at its best when we get to simply hang out with this crew at the stables,
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    Matt HudsonWhat I Watched Tonight
    Provides a very decent spotlight for a community suffering in modern times and delivers an equally decent movie out of it.
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