Mud (2013)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: August 6, 2013
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Critic Score: 98% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Bolstered by a strong performance from Matthew McConaughey in the title role, Mud offers an engaging Southern drama that manages to stay sweet and heartwarming without being sappy.

Mary Corliss
TIME Magazine

Glorious vision of youth and truth, love and loss, your name is Mud.

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David Thomson
The New Republic

For at least three-quarters of the way, this is a fine film, and one that kids and parents could see together.

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Kam Williams
Baret News

McConaughey masterpiece as a a man on the run in Mississippi.

Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

An evocative highlight of the American movie year so far.

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Adam Nayman
Globe and Mail

There is an enchanted-fairy-tale aspect to Mud, but its bright, calm surface only barely disguises a strong, churning undercurrent.

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Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

If Mud isn't the best movie of this young year, it's certainly the most instantly satisfying.

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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

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.

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Toronto Star

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.

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Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

Despite an almost sluggish pace, Nichols nevertheless finds the rhythm of Southern rural village life with its wary think-hard-before-you-speak watchfulness.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Clintus Maximus
Mud is one of the best, most original films I've seen in years. Its reminiscent of Stand By Me, Slingblade, and Huckleberry Finn. Its an unusual coming of… More
Al S
An original, compelling and well-done southern drama. Director, Jeff Nichols film is mesmerizing, it as great characters and is very thrilling. It's nice… More
Jim Hunter
A troubled young boy meets a convict on the run on a deserted island and works as a liaison between he and his estranged girlfriend. This film defies Hollywood… More
Wildaly M
While this is not the usual type of movie I enjoy, I was surprised that I actually enjoyed it. I particularly loved Tye Sheridan's storyline and more than… More
Melvin White
Mud: There are fierce powers at work in the world, boys. Good, evil, poor luck, best luck. As men, we've got to take advantage where we can. For anyone… More
Dan Schultz
A fascinating, hypnotizing story about a mysterious homeless man (Matthew McConaughey) who lives on a small island in the middle of the Mississippi River and… More