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Mud is an adventure about two boys, Ellis and his friend Neckbone, who find a man named Mud hiding out on an island in the Mississippi. Mud describes fantastic scenarios-he killed a man in Texas and vengeful bounty hunters are coming to get him. He says he is planning to meet and escape with the love of his life, Juniper, who is waiting for him in town. Skeptical but intrigued, Ellis and Neckbone agree to help him. It isn't long until Mud's visions come true and their small town is besieged by a beautiful girl with a line of bounty hunters in tow. (c) Roadside Attractions

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Glorious vision of youth and truth, love and loss, your name is Mud."
‑ Mary Corliss, TIME Magazine
"For at least three-quarters of the way, this is a fine film, and one that kids and parents could see together."
‑ David Thomson, The New Republic
"McConaughey masterpiece as a a man on the run in Mississippi."
‑ Kam Williams, Baret News
"Nichols truly takes you into this world and while the story may be a bit unsettling, the performances refuse to allow you to take your eyes off the screen."
‑ Allison Loring, Film School Rejects
"Mud earns its Mark Twain comparisons with its rich understanding of love through an early teenager's eyes."
‑ Liam Maguren,
"An evocative highlight of the American movie year so far."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"There is an enchanted-fairy-tale aspect to Mud, but its bright, calm surface only barely disguises a strong, churning undercurrent."
‑ Adam Nayman, Globe and Mail
"If Mud isn't the best movie of this young year, it's certainly the most instantly satisfying."
‑ Jeff Meyers, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"Mud might feel old fashioned and familiar but it is also a delicate and atmospheric film rarely made by Hollywood these days."
‑ Mark Adams, Daily Mirror [UK]
"A realistic, gripping and expressive boys' coming-of-age adventure story."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Sadly, Nichols, who made the superb Take Shelter, gets mired in mood this time around. But there's still an evocative sense of childhood exploration, and a gritty performance by Matthew McConaughey."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"A modern fairy tale, steeped in the sleepy Mississippi lore of Twain and similar American writers, and with a heart as big as the river is wide."
‑ , Toronto Star
"Despite an almost sluggish pace, Nichols nevertheless finds the rhythm of Southern rural village life with its wary think-hard-before-you-speak watchfulness."
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
"Nichols gives the story a languorous pace, but the beautiful scenery and naturalistic characters make this a film best enjoyed slowly."
‑ Chris Knight, National Post
"Often the movies absorb these ideas in plots that are eager to retread to action and violence, but Nichols finds a resonating and sharp tone here that understates those desires."
‑ David Keyes,
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