• R, 2 hr.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Ray McKinnon
    In Theaters:
    Jan 16, 2004 Wide
    On DVD:
    Aug 30, 2005
  • First Look
  • Chrystal
    2 minutes 19 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008


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Chrystal Reviews

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This would have been a better movie if it was just the Chrystal and Joe story... without some of the side bar events that don't advance the story.

Full Review Source: TheMovieChicks.com | Original Score: 3/5

April 15, 2005
Brad Slager
Film Threat

A two-hour film that contains a story that could have been smoothly detailed in thirty minutes.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 3/5

March 16, 2004
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

Moves at a virtually glacial pace, dramatizing its story less than entombing it...lacks the radiance it obviously aspires to.

Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: C

April 16, 2005
David Kronke
Los Angeles Daily News

While some of the low-key atmospherics are effective, and Thornton suffers with exquisite quietude, some important scenes unfortunately are clumsily staged.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 10, 2005
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders

No slam against the O Brother ,Where Art Thou? soundtrack but Chrystal could give it a run for its money.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Insiders | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 23, 2005
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

... a masterful and assured movie about the ways broken people try to mend connections and carry on.

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: A-

April 8, 2005
Todd McCarthy
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Respectable piece of work is reasonably involving if not compelling.

Full Review Source: Variety

May 27, 2005
Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
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Even those impatient viewers who feel like they're watching paint dry will admit that the colors are beautiful.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B

April 23, 2005

If the as well-performed, better directed star-filled Levity is worth only 50 screens in its widest release, you'd have to think that Chrystal is headed for similar territory.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 3.5/5

March 3, 2004
Boo Allen
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)

Triple threat writer/actor/director Ray McKinnon renders a strange tale set in the beauty of the Ozarks.

Full Review

April 13, 2005
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A sometimes audacious, occasionally downright brilliant, always watchable work that somehow just misses being wholly successful.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 3.5/5

September 1, 2005
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

An affecting melodrama that's deep-fried in Southern heritage right down to its ribs.

Full Review Source: Creative Loafing | Original Score: 3/4

April 21, 2005
Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
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Chrystal unravels a bit toward the end as it becomes more fable-like, but the performances make it worthwhile.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

June 9, 2005
Pam Grady

A harrowing and indelible evocation of loss and the fragility of life.

| Original Score: 3/4

March 16, 2004
Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter
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A grand story of redemption, laced with barbecued wit and slopped with intrigue.

March 16, 2004
Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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An oddly beautiful film.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: B+

April 7, 2005
Marrit Ingman
Austin Chronicle

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 3/5

April 17, 2005
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer

Looks and feels authentic in a way only a Southern director is likely to achieve.

Full Review Source: Charlotte Observer | Original Score: 3/4

April 22, 2005
Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
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It's meandering and uneven, but much of it is powerfully effective and affecting.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

May 27, 2005

Film Threat

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 3/5

December 6, 2005

AV Club
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September 26, 2005
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