Gone Baby Gone (2007)

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Critic Consensus: Ben Affleck proves his directing credentials in this gripping dramatic thriller, drawing strong performances from the excellent cast and bringing working-class Boston to the screen.


Movie Info

Ben Affleck's adaptation of Dennis Lehane's novel Gone, Baby, Gone stars Casey Affleck as Patrick Kenzie, a private investigator from working-class Boston who takes on a case involving a kidnapped girl. The girl's aunt begs Patrick to take the case because he has connections to criminal Boston that the police do not. He agrees and along with his partner, Angie Gennaro (Michelle Monaghan), they uncover a web of corruption that threatens the relationship between the two. Ed Harris and Morgan … More

Rating: R (for violence, drug content and pervasive language)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Aaron Stockard, Ben Affleck
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 13, 2008
Box Office: $20.3M
Runtime:
Miramax - Official Site

Cast


as Patrick Kenzie

as Angie Gennaro

as Jack Doyle

as Remy Bressant

as Nick Poole

as Helene McCready

as Bea McCready

as Lionel McCready

as Leon Trett

as Cheese

as Amanda McCready

as Bubba Rogowski

as Roberta Trett

as Corwin Earle

as Dottie

as Skinny Ray Likanski

as Steve Penteroudakis

as Big Dave
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Critic Reviews for Gone Baby Gone

All Critics (173) | Top Critics (42)

Gone Baby Gone is an argument for obligation over accommodation, the absolute over the contingent.

Full Review… | September 18, 2008
The New Republic
Top Critic

Flawed but impressive.

Full Review… | June 5, 2008
Time Out
Top Critic

This is A-grade stuff: well-plotted, unpredictable and grounded in reality from start to finish.

Full Review… | October 14, 2012
TheShiznit.co.uk

As an actor, Ben Affleck might be a supporting player trapped in a leading man's body, but as a filmmaker he's an auspicious talent.

Full Review… | July 14, 2011
Digital Spy

A truly stellar directorial debut by Ben Affleck.

Full Review… | April 5, 2011
Dark Horizons

Because it mostly succeeds, now that [Affleck's] got this and that good under-seen performance in Hollywoodland under his belt, he can hold his head high again.

Full Review… | April 4, 2011
Movies.com

Audience Reviews for Gone Baby Gone

It was worth watching but is not high up on my crime dramas favorites list (if it ever existed).

Raajay
Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

The aunt of a young girl who goes missing hires two local private detectives to find her amidst the usual accompanying media frenzy. Gone Baby Gone was directed and co-written by Ben Affleck on his debut behind the camera but please don't let that put you off! It's actually one of the most refreshingly adult and well-written cop thrillers in recent memory. The story felt to me almost like L.A. Confidential done in the style of TV series The Wire, in that there is very little in the way of moralistic black and whites, all set in a ghetto-like environment with the associated colourful yet believable language and characters. It's a film that actually has something to say, examining questions of the personal sense of right and wrong and the cynical media hype machine milking such incidents for all their worth for its own gain. Of course having such superb acting talent involved certainly doesn't hurt, Affleck, Freeman and in particular Ed Harris are are excellent and Casey's brother shows an excellent eye in his surprisingly mature direction. It's not perfect; the story is perhaps a little convoluted as I felt that there was one too many twists for its own good, but aside from that there is very little to find fault with. One of the most accomplished directorial debuts I have seen in years and all this from the star of Gigli! Who would've dared to think...?

garyX
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

½

Ben Affleck's directional debut is a close look at the dark side of Boston, thematically related to Lehane's other novel Mystic River, which offered a similarly pessimistic outlook on crime, white trash and the moral compass of the city. Here, a hunt for a vanished girl, turns out to be much more complicated and layered than first expected. Affleck can rely on an excellent cast, especially Freeman and Harris deliver great performances once again. The plot is sometimes a tad slow until the conspiracy gets moving. The film does not reach the emotional depth of Mystic River or the adrenaline level of Affleck's follow-up The Town, but it's a realistic, gut-wrenching and disenchanting look at broken families, corrupt cops and morality. The protagonist's ultimate decision creates a very conflicting definition of what's right and what's wrong, and that's very cleverly done by leaving the audience alone with the consequences. That solution will make you think for quite a while after the film, and that's certainly what it intended to do. Well done.

ironclad1609
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

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