Mean Creek
Mean Creek (2004)

When the shy Sam confides in his protective older sibling, Rocky about the overweight bully in school named George, Rocky hatches a plot to exact their revenge on his brother's tormentor.

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: August 20, 2004
DVD Release Date: January 25, 2005
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Mean Creek is an uncomfortably riveting glimpse into the casual cruelty of youth.

Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

Estes' dark sunlit tale cuts like a knife.

Connie Ogle
Miami Herald

Estes has accomplished quite a bit here. In addition to providing a textbook example of suspense, he also makes us want to know what happens to these kids after the screen goes dark.

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Sean Nelson
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

Mean Creek is a strong premise gone horribly awry.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

A low-key, low-budget thriller that reminds us just how cruel young people can be.

Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

You could call Mean Creek a moral thriller. And the emotional currents the movie wades into are far more tricky than the gentle surface the kids' boat floats along.

Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

This movie about teens is for adults only.

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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic

Although it is a flawed film, with a first half that moves slowly and sometimes tediously, it is redeemed by a second half that is gripping, not only for its action but for its moral complexity.

Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News

I never lived a story anything like this, but I understand the emotional life of this film -- and I'm betting you will, too.

Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A very effective tale of morals, conscience, and peer pressure.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Daniel Mumby
Coming-of-age films and films about the loss of childhood innocence have often used the natural environment as a means to contrast the naivety of their… More
Dan Schultz
A devastating movie concerning the ultimate revenge plot amongst some young kids, who aim to get back at a high school bully (Josh Peck). Peck is a revelation… More
Liam Gadd
Truly haunting and riveting. Outstanding performances, incredible script with compelling characters and a huge emotional core help make ''Mean… More
William Dunmyer
"Mean Creek," the debut film from writer/director Jacob Aaron Estes, is so-so. It's an intriguing idea, but Estes cannot quite pull it off. He… More
Cynthia S.
Prepare for a downer. Mean Creek is depressing, slow moving, and excellent. While some may complain that everything seems to happen at a snails pace, but I… More
Lady D'arbanville
Fairly well acted by all the young guys envolved and was a pretty good storyline with an interesting dilemma, bit of a slowish start though.

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