Jeremy of We Got This Covered wrote, "Bullhead is a different kind of gritty crime film, but it still shows the same characteristics that most genre films have. It’s violent, dark and offers more than one reprehensible character. But at Bullhead‘s center is one man that’s flawed, damaged and crazy by most standards, but he’s just really misunderstood. Actor Matthias Schoenaerts plays that character and he drives the film above and beyond expectations, making Bullhead a bold film by newcomer director Michael R. Roskam."