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Chris (Jamie Bell of Billy Elliot) is a volatile teen who lives with his father, John (Dermot Mulroney), and his little brother, Tim (Devon Alan). After the death of Chris' mother, his reclusive father moved the family to a shack in backwoods Georgia, where they raise hogs. Tim has an unusual eating disorder. He is constantly making himself sick by eating things like dirt and paint. One day, John's estranged brother, Deel (Josh Lucas), gets out of prison and shows up on the farm. John is less than thrilled to see him, but agrees to let him stay with the family as long as Deel helps him… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 55%

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"A deep-fried piece of Southern Gothic that wears its unpleasantness like a merit badge..."
‑ Scott Foundas, Variety
"The film's first half is hypnotically watchable."
‑ Steve Murray, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"a drag-down bore"
‑ Jay Antani, Cinema Writer
"The actors grapple manfully with the ersatz rural poetry of the dialogue, but Green's pacing is slow and self-indulgent, and the action often departs from recognizable human behavior."
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
"A poetic, atmospheric drama that's worth seeing despite Green's struggle to blend character drama with more conventional thrills."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"Green's signature pastoral tangents and codeine pacing don't slow down this tale of two boys fleeing their psychotic uncle so much as inappropriately slacken any of the story's suspenseful aspects."
‑ Ben Walters, Time Out New York
"Green is all surface and no depth in his effort to channel the late novelist William Faulkner."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"A tense and entertaining murder thriller about redemption and greed..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Green's most accessible film to date, yet he keeps his directorial style very close to the way it's always been. Slow, patient, revelatory."
‑ Don R. Lewis, Film Threat
"It will likely polarize his critics further, causing some to recoil at his welcoming of influences, and others to be thankful for more "Malick-lite.""
‑ Leo Goldsmith, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"Green's characters often find themselves in raw, unprotected moments, but Undertow also can feel a little too mesmerized by its own junkyard visions."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"There's certainly nothing wrong with trying to make a movie visually pleasing, but it shouldn't come until after there's a good plot and intriguing characters."
‑ Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"While it has lulls and sleepy moments, Undertow also full of startling truths and beauties, as well as offering a window into a side of the country that movies rarely bother to look at."
‑ Devin Faraci, CHUD
"Structured like a fairytale and driven like a fast boat down a leafy river, Undertow expertly blends myth and suspense to create a fable with a wicked sense of humor and an appetite for destruction."
‑ Stina Chyn, Film Threat
"A front-loaded film, sure, but what a front."
‑ Jamie Woolley, BBC.com
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