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Gone Baby Gone Reviews

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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Christopher Orr
The New Republic
September 18, 2008
Gone Baby Gone is an argument for obligation over accommodation, the absolute over the contingent.
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Jessica Winter
Time Out
June 5, 2008
Flawed but impressive.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
February 22, 2008
Forgive him for Gigli.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
October 24, 2007
Mr. Affleck is laying the foundation, brick by brick, for a promising new career.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
October 22, 2007
Ben directs Casey in Gone Baby Gone, and it's a career highlight for both of them.
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David Denby
New Yorker
October 22, 2007
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.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 22, 2007
Casey's big brother has made a tough, taut mystery.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
October 19, 2007
Bravo to Ben Affleck for a smart choice and impressive work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
October 19, 2007
As an actor, Affleck has more turkeys on his rà (C)sumà (C) than a Thanksgiving buffet, so what makes him think he can direct? Yet Gone Baby Gone is strong enough to suggest that moviegoers -- and critics -- should give him the benefit of the doubt.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
October 19, 2007
There's nothing flashy about Ben Affleck's direction. He clearly adores actors, and he's found the right vehicle to express what they can do.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
October 19, 2007
The film is full of scenes that make the hair stand up on the back of your neck.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
October 19, 2007
The film is intelligent and always heading somewhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
October 19, 2007
Lehane's superb plotting serves the director well, and Affleck's unblinking view of the world he seems to know, with an emphasis on ugliness, self-perpetuating despair and the wrong sorts of people having children, serves Lehane's story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
October 19, 2007
Gone Baby Gone quietly accumulates in power, leading to one of the more subtly devastating final shots in recent memory.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
October 19, 2007
Affleck shows a real affection for performers and their work; after assembling a good cast, he's not afraid to let them go on a little bit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
October 19, 2007
A twisty, morally ambiguous and satisfying neo-noir.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
October 19, 2007
Structurally, it's a bit murky, but in every other way Gone Baby Gone marks a triumph for the Affleck brothers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
October 19, 2007
A film that indicates its first-time director knows what he's doing.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
October 19, 2007
There's finally much less than meets the eye in what amounts to a linear tour of Greater Boston's criminal minds.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
October 19, 2007
Brooding, somber film is ragged around the edges and not without problematic aspects.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
October 19, 2007
A love-tolerate valentine to the city, it feels more real than the gangster-gorged mean streets of Martin Scorsese's The Departed, and just as tortured as Clint Eastwood's Mystic River.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
October 19, 2007
An exceptional picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
October 19, 2007
The movie has some nice plot turns, it settles around a painful moral dilemma, and features some fine acting. But it's the sticky sweat of the street and the fine attention to detail that pulls you in and keeps you glued to the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
October 19, 2007
We give up before the detectives do, not just on the story, but on humanity, which I doubt is what anyone involved really wants.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
October 19, 2007
Affleck's directorial debut [is] a deft look at deep themes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
October 19, 2007
The picture is so superbly executed in every other respect that Casey seems more quirky than miscast.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 19, 2007
A superior police procedural, and something more -- a study in devious human nature.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
October 19, 2007
Welcome home, Ben Affleck -- all is forgiven. Yes, even Gigli.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
October 19, 2007
A satisfyingly tough look into conscience, to those dark places where some men also go astray.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 18, 2007
It's deceptively simple going forward, but devilishly complex in retrospect.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
October 18, 2007
The brothers Affleck both emerge triumphant in this mesmerizing thriller.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
October 18, 2007
The strength of the film's subject matter and the intelligence and perceptiveness with which it is approached make this not merely an October diversion but a genuine Oscar contender.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
October 18, 2007
A dour, fairly intriguing mystery based on the fourth book in a series of South Boston-set detective novels by Dennis Lehane.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
October 18, 2007
As a procedural, Gone Baby Gone is by the numbers. As a portrait of human folly and resilience, however, it's great drama, and it has some powerful performances to match.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
October 18, 2007
Not an unqualified success, but an absorbing directorial debut with terrific performances from Michelle Monaghan, Morgan Freeman, Amy Ryan and Ed Harris
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
October 17, 2007
In his directing debut, Affleck has found his calling, an avenue for using his obvious intelligence while getting out of the way of his own celebrity.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
October 17, 2007
In emulating the best -- Eastwood's Mystic River, Scorsese's The Departed -- Affleck shows excellent instincts, not least of which is letting his brother, Casey, hold the center as a young guy not as smaht as he thinks he is.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Jim Ridley
Village Voice
October 16, 2007
In his strikingly downbeat directorial debut, Affleck has created something of a blue-moon rarity: an American movie of genuine moral complexity.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
October 15, 2007
Casey Affleck has never had a pedestal like the one his brother provides him, and he earns it.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
September 5, 2007
Mordant, melancholic but impressive debut for director Affleck.
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Lisa Nesselson
Variety
September 5, 2007
Moral ambiguity is the real star of Ben Affleck's helming debut, Gone Baby Gone, an involving Boston-set tale of mixed motives, selflessness and perfidy in the wake of a 4-year-old girl's disappearance.