The Mudge Boy
The Mudge Boy (2003)

Writer/director Michael Burke makes his feature-length debut with the coming-of-age drama The Mudge Boy. Known as a weird kid, Duncan Mudge (Emile Hirsch) is a naïve 14-year-old farm boy with an aging father, Edgar (Richard Jenkins), and… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: January 17, 2003
DVD Release Date: May 9, 2006
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Critic Score: 77% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Matt Weitz
Dallas Morning News

Condescending tone ... contrivance ... and cliché.

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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune

Because the camera so closely follows Duncan -- there's scarcely a scene he's off-frame; his awkwardness is bold and unapologetic -- he sticks close to our sympathies.

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Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

Tender, touching and tragic ... it's also rewarding and redemptive.

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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Like a sturdy, well-observed short story, its narrative pieces put together with a plain elegance.

Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle

A little picture -- the names of the entire cast would fit on half a sheet of paper -- but it's more heartfelt than movies with 50 times the budget.

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Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

The seriousness is too often undercut by plot turns that are unintentionally risible...Hirsch and Jenkins are certainly the chief reasons to see it.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The Mudge Boy is odd and intense, very well acted, and impossible to dismiss.

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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger

It's not an easy film to watch, but it is a memorable one.

Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone

It may seem like just another movie about a boy and his father and the chicken that comes between them, but there's a heart-touching story underneath all the feathers.

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Flixster Audience Score: 73% Flixster User Reviews
Daniel Parsons
A film quite unlike anything I've seen before, <i>The Mudge Boy</i> deserves a larger audience then it is ever likely to get, thanks to its… More
Sarah Prisbylla
This was very disturbing, but I liked it. Emile Hirsch was great as always!