(2009)

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70
Variety
Despite a few continuity problems, this rough-edged, low-budget drama impresses with spot-on performances, perfect-pitch dialogue and an overall sense that something bad might happen at any moment, unless something worse happens first.
70
Its raw performances and dirty-realist immersion in a harsh environment keep Cook County engrossing.
58
Cook County is an evocative portrait of the drug blight that's infected swaths of our country, but not only does it not get beyond that, its almost-gleeful horrorshow quality comes with the tinge of exploitation. Misery begets more misery, but to what end?
50
There's nothing slick or entertaining about the crumbling existence of Pomes' unsalvageable antiheroes.
50
The New York Times
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.
40
Pomes squeezes in a few well-observed details among the recycled white-trash clichés, but any AMC viewer who's tuned into the lead-in for Mount's TV Western - Breaking Bad - expects far, far more from his or her meth-fueled entertainment.
40
Village Voice
Rather than viewing moral chaos from the eye of a storm, director David Pomes watches his movie blow off into the storm itself.
38
Unlike AMC's Breaking Bad, meth here doesn't reflect current, perilous economic realties; rather, it's just a low-rent drug used by degenerates whose lives say nothing about anything.
12
Depravity and addiction can be dramatic and fascinating, or they can be as they are in this week's indie filthathon Cook County.

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