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: April 26, 2013
DVD 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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Francesca Rudkin
New Zealand Herald

Mud has a stellar cast. Nichols knows they'll do the heavy lifting for him, and his nuanced direction and thoughtful visuals lets them do exactly that.

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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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Kong Rithdee
Bangkok Post

A Huckleberry Finn-type tale with edges, Mud is an adolescent adventure that should charm adults.

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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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Chris Stuckmann

The type of film that's miraculously heartwarming, while also mournful and filled with sorrow.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Jens S.
A great teenage adventure movie with an intriguing plot and outstanding child actors. It sums up the childhood feelings of having a really exciting summer… More
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
Kevin M. Williams
That's not just some dog howling at the moon, that's the memory of Mark Twain's Huck Finn sagely recognising a kindred spirit in this evocative… 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
Flutie Archibald
Thoroughly enjoyed this one. It's been hanging around on the watchlist for a while now.
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