Mystic River
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Directed by Clint Eastwood, the mysterious drama Mystic River is based on the novel by Dennis Lehane and adapted by screenwriter Brian Helgeland. Set in an Irish neighborhood in Boston, Jimmy, Sean, and Dave are three childhood friends who are reunited after a brutal murder takes place. Reformed convict Jimmy Markum (Sean Penn) and his devoted wife Annabeth (Laura Linney) find out that their teenage daughter Katie (Emmy Rossum) has been beaten and killed. Jimmy's old friend Sean Devine (Kevin Bacon) is the homicide detective assigned to the case, along with partner Whitey Powers (Laurence… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It is in many ways Eastwood's tightest movie for some time, and certainly his darkest since Unforgiven; indeed, the ending offers as corrosive an assessment of the limits of American justice as anything in his career."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Too depressing to fill audiences with delight, but it does seem to validate questionable attitudes, especially an indifference to the suffering of innocent people and a willingness to shoot first and ask questions later."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"The entire cast did a phenomenal job, resisting the urge to overact too much, which is what you get for a film like this."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"The performances are uniformly superb."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"While not quite the equal of the novel, it's more complex, emotionally-charged and better acted than the average Hollywood thriller."
‑ Alan Morrison, Empire Magazine
"Sean Penn is so frighteningly good in this movie that he outdoes even the best of his earlier work."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture
"Solid, rarely showy performances, meticulously recreated detective work and moments of pure unadulterated grief accent this whodunit, a movie that will have those who haven't read the book fooled for much of its length."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Powerful performances in graphic story. Only 16+."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Good, occasionally powerful noir that's been overhyped."
‑ Christopher Smith, Bangor Daily News (Maine)
"With characters that don't belong in the film and resolutions that seem mere fantasy, Mystic River never surpasses adequacy."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"Works as a straight-up detective story, and the acting is often breathtaking."
‑ Bill Muller, Arizona Republic
"Contains so many layers that you'll want to see it more than once. It's one for the memory books."
‑ Philip Wuntch, Dallas Morning News
"American drama doesn't get any more meaty and muscular than this."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Mystic falters occasionally, but I respect its effort and I'm happy to see Mr. Eastwood growing as a director."
‑ Joe Lozito, Big Picture Big Sound
"A sprawling story that benefits from Eastwood's stripped-down approach. There are no jive talking Tarantino exchanges here, and no crowd-pleasing pyrotechnics."
‑ KJ Doughton, Film Threat
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