Mystic River
Mystic River (2003)

Directed by Clint Eastwood, the mysterious drama Mystic River is based on the novel by Dennis Lehane and adapted by screenwriter Brian Helgeland. Set in an Irish neighborhood in Boston, Jimmy, Sean, and Dave are three childhood friends who… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 8, 2003
DVD Release Date: June 8, 2004
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Anchored by the exceptional acting of its strong cast, Mystic River is a somber drama that unfolds in layers and conveys the tragedy of its story with visceral power.

Geoff Andrew
Time Out

It is in many ways Eastwood's tightest movie for some time, and certainly his darkest since Unforgiven; indeed, the ending offers as corrosive an assessment of the limits of American justice as anything in his career.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Too depressing to fill audiences with delight, but it does seem to validate questionable attitudes, especially an indifference to the suffering of innocent people and a willingness to shoot first and ask questions later.

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Neil Norman
London Evening Standard

It is a film of magisterial, slow-burning power, one of the finest examples of recent American cinematic storytelling and certainly Eastwood's most mature film.

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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

Sean Penn is so frighteningly good in this movie that he outdoes even the best of his earlier work.

Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

Solid, rarely showy performances, meticulously recreated detective work and moments of pure unadulterated grief accent this whodunit, a movie that will have those who haven't read the book fooled for much of its length.

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Joel Siegel
Good Morning America

Eastwood tells the story simply, barely moving the camera. The only special effect in this film is genius.

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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic

Works as a straight-up detective story, and the acting is often breathtaking.

Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News

Contains so many layers that you'll want to see it more than once. It's one for the memory books.

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Sean Axmaker

There is nothing romantic about the law of the streets, and its unforgiving nature has a finality that can't be undone. Eastwood has an understanding of what it takes to live with yourself, not so much a sympathy as an appreciation.

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A masterpiece. A pure powerhouse entertainment. Sean Penn is magnificent, giving a groundbreaking and emotionally shattering performance. Tim Robbins is… More
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Directed by Eastwood and boasting an all star cast of some of Hollywood's most talented this is a fairly gritty and believable tale with some pretty decent… More
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Three childhood friends who share the memory of a traumatic event are brought together once more when one of their children is murdered. Clint Eastwood once… More
Spencer S.
Between heartfelt drama and a mystery without the suspense of pure noir, Mystic River is a delayed reaction kind of film. You want to love it right off the bat,… More