"[A] stark, quietly provocative film..."
— Danny Leigh, Financial Times
"I won't look at cows from the train in the same way ever again."
— Deborah Ross, The Spectator
"A piece of pure cinema that's also loaded with political meaning about our dominion over nature."
— Jason Solomons, TheWrap
"It's only mid-January, but I doubt any film in 2022 will end on a more shocking or life-changing note."
— Charlotte O'Sullivan, London Evening Standard
"[T]here is something very heartfelt and committed about Andrea Arnold's film: a poignancy and intimacy."
— Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Andrea Arnold plays up cinema's remarkable ability to express senses such as smell and touch out of its inability to provide a direct experience of them in Cow"
— Diego Semerene, Slant Magazine
"An immersive and impassioned documentary from one of Britain’s most formidable filmmakers, which may be singular in its perspective but is as powerful to watch as it is painful."
— Beth Webb, Empire
"There's nothing cloying or corny about the way Arnold depicts these beasts. What she gives us is a straightforward slice of a cow's relentless life of muck, milk, breeding and feeding."
— Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"It's about encouraging empathy with an animal that can't speak for itself -- and if the editing choices invite anthropomorphism, then many will be convinced that the subject deserves it."
— Anna Smith, Deadline Hollywood Daily
"The small miracle of director Andrea Arnold’s experiential documentary is that it enacts its simple premise in straightforward terms, but assembles them into a profound big picture."
— Eric Kohn, IndieWire
"'Cow' doesn't interrogate the motives behind that process - leave that to "Fast Food Nation" and its ilk - but it does a fine job of generating empathy from one scene to the next, and using that power to craft a hypnotic spell rife with significance"
— Eric Kohn, indieWire