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Boston bank robber Doug MacRay (Ben Affleck) falls for a woman his gang had previously taken hostage after feigning a chance meeting with her to ensure that she can't identify them in Affleck's adaptation of author Chuck Hogan's novel Prince of Thieves. The son of a tough Charlestown, MA thief, Doug passed on his chance to walk the straight and narrow in favor of becoming a career bank robber. Not only is Doug's crew one of the most ruthless in Boston, but they're also one of the best; they never leave a trace of evidence, and always make a clean break. Over the years,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Affleck, often underrated as an actor, fits effortlessly into this milieu."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"An autopsy for The Town would list multiple causes of death."
‑ Dana Stevens, Slate
"The Town may not be perfect, but Affleck does a lot of things right, including picking some great actors and letting them do their jobs to deliver fine performances."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Action can be difficult for someone not experienced with it. Yet, Affleck shows that he's more than up to the task."
‑ Jeff Beck,
"Ben Affleck may not be his generation's best actor, but he is quickly becoming one of its best directors."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"Feels all but indistinguishable from the thousands of similar films that have blazed a trail before it."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"Affleck's direction is clipped when the plot requires, but he lingers on character-driven scenes (at a garden, a restaurant, a corner) in no apparent rush. Why hurry, after all? He's arrived."
‑ Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle
"Assured, confident direction by Affleck, terrifically paced action sequences and brilliant use of location turn The Town into a truly enjoyable movie."
‑ Will Chadwick, We Got This Covered
"'The Town' hits not one false note, despite a plot that easily could have come across as contrived."
‑ Greg Maki, Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
"If it just stuck to its guns The Town would be a fun, engaging heist film, but by reaching for more it ends up achieving less."
‑ Joshua Starnes,
"As a director, Affleck now has two home runs in two at-bats. This is one of the best movies of the year."
‑ Richard Roeper, Richard
"Essential viewing for connoisseurs of dropped r's, close-cropped hair and aerial views of the city that used to call itself the hub of the universe."
‑ A.O. Scott, New York Times
"One of the great modern heist pictures."
‑ Roger Moore, Movie Nation
"Because this all revolves around Affleck, The Town is a curiosity; directed by him under another name and it would be forgettable."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"The Town isn't original in any sense of the word, but Affleck does a marvelous job executing all of the pieces and is easily one of the best films of 2010."
‑ Michelle Alexandria, Eclipse Magazine
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