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: 97% 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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Andrew Tracy
Cinema Scope

Mud feels thoroughly, depressingly familiar in nearly every one of its narrative, thematic, and dramatic beats, even if one can't place a precise predecessor.

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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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Matthew Bond
The Mail on Sunday (UK)

McConaughey gives his best performance since Killer Joe, while Sheridan, whom we first saw in Terrence Malick's The Tree Of Life, is faultless as Ellis.

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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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Larushka Ivan-Zadeh
Metro (UK)

Its beguiling mix of naturalism and fabulism will appeal to adults who'd like to see a version of Beasts Of The Southern Wild with fewer fairy lights.

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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