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Gone Baby Gone (2007)

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94

Average Rating: 7.7/10
Reviews Counted: 173
Fresh: 163 | Rotten: 10

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.

93

Average Rating: 7.4/10
Critic Reviews: 42
Fresh: 39 | Rotten: 3

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.

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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

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Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Ben Affleck, Aaron Stockard

Feb 13, 2008

$20.3M

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All Critics (173) | Top Critics (42) | Fresh (163) | Rotten (10) | DVD (15)

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

September 18, 2008 Full Review Source: The New Republic
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Flawed but impressive.

June 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Mr. Affleck is laying the foundation, brick by brick, for a promising new career.

October 24, 2007
New York Observer
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Ben directs Casey in Gone Baby Gone, and it's a career highlight for both of them.

October 22, 2007
Ebert & Roeper
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The unconvincing genre conventions in Gone Baby Gone are at odds with its authentic, lived-in atmosphere, but no one can say that Affleck hasn't looked into the depths, and the movie ends on a resonantly ambiguous note.

October 22, 2007 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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Casey's big brother has made a tough, taut mystery.

October 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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This is A-grade stuff: well-plotted, unpredictable and grounded in reality from start to finish.

October 14, 2012 Full Review Source: TheShiznit.co.uk
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.

July 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

A truly stellar directorial debut by Ben Affleck.

April 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Dark Horizons
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.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies.com
Movies.com

A tense meditation on morality in the modern world, Gone Baby Gone is a superb crime thriller featuring a star performance from Casey Affleck. If crime drama is your thing, it really doesn't get much better than this.

March 22, 2011 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
ComingSoon.net

The Affleck boys finally earn their stripes as cinematic artists

August 27, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

Affleck proved that his Good Will Hunting moment wasn't an aberration, and he also showed that he didn't need Matt Damon in tow to make a great movie.

August 18, 2008 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

Director Ben Affleck displays sensitivity to his story's thematic undercurrents, but he hasn't yet developed the authorial voice needed to enliven the conventional plotting.

July 23, 2008 Full Review Source: Screendaily
Screendaily

After seeing Affleck's directorial debut Gone Baby Gone, I can honestly say that he has finally found his true calling in Hollywood.

July 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Watertown Daily Times
Watertown Daily Times

Great job, everyone! The ride overall is solid and gripping, and very enjoyable despite the glimpses at the horrors of which the human animal is capable.

July 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinerina

Back, baby, back. An excellent police procedural and a personal triumph for Ben Affleck, steering his younger brother to a performance that deserved louder applause from gong juries.

June 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

A powerful, provocative and excellently acted thriller that could literally have been torn from today's headlines.

June 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

A superior, haunting thriller of abduction, deception and ethical dilemma with a sobering ending - a moral quandary that demands strong debate outside the cinema.

June 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Comment (1)
Empire Magazine

An unusually patient approach to storytelling sets Ben Affleck's directorial debut apart, as he allows events to unfurl gradually.

June 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

To this day, six months after seeing the film for the first time, I still do not know the answer to one of the biggest moral dilemmas I have ever seen. Casey Affleck's character has to make a decision at the end of this film that just blew my mind.

May 26, 2008 Full Review Source: WJFK-FM (CBS Radio) | Comments (2)
WJFK-FM (CBS Radio)

The first serious foray into directing by Ben Affleck, who reinforces his creative talents by good storytelling and dense mood establishment. Brother Casey Affleck threatens to overshadow his sibling in the acting department.

April 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile | Comments (2)
Urban Cinefile

...a far more accomplished and flat-out compelling piece of work than anybody could've expected.

April 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

The structure and layered storytelling make Gone Baby Gone richly satisfying. [Blu-Ray review]

March 11, 2008
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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).
December 16, 2013
Raajay

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...?
June 26, 2013
garyX
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Check in 3/30 at themoviefreakblog.com for my review.
March 23, 2013
spielberg00

Super Reviewer

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.
April 23, 2012
ironclad1609

Super Reviewer

    1. Remy Bressant: [about Patrick] Half the guys he knows are degenerates.
    2. Patrick Kenzie: Yeah, you know what the other half are?
    3. Remy Bressant: What?
    4. Patrick Kenzie: Cops. Don't hold it against me.
    – Submitted by Zbigniew Z (2 years ago)
    1. Cheese: Because she's gone, baby. Gone.
    – Submitted by Zbigniew Z (2 years ago)
    1. Remy Bressant: Kids forgive, they don't judge, they turn the other cheek, and what do they get for it?
    – Submitted by Orin G (2 years ago)
    1. Angie Gennaro: Patrick if you do this, I will hate you. And I don't want to.
    – Submitted by Justin K (3 years ago)
    1. Patrick Kenzie: He lied to me. Now I can't think of one reason big enough for him to lie about that's small enough not to matter.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
    1. Patrick Kenzie: Cheese, if you ever disrespect her again like that, I'm gonna pull your fuckin' card, okay? So you're saying you didn't do it, fine. We'll take your money, and we'll be on our way. When it turns out you're lying, I'm gonna spend every nickel of that money to fuck you up. I'm gonna bribe cops to go after you, I'm gonna pay guys to go after your weak fuckin' crew, and I'm gonna tell all the guys I know that you're a C.I. and a rat, and I know a lot of people. And after that, you're gonna wish you listened to me, 'cause your shitty pool hall crime syndicate headquarters is gonna get raided, and your doped-up bitches are gonna get sent back to Laos, and this fuckin' retard right here is gonna be testifying against you for a reduced sentence, while you're gettin' cornholed in your cell by a gang of crackers. 'Cause from what I've heard, the guys that get sent up Concord for killing kids, life's a motherfucker.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
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