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Mean Creek (2004)



Critic Consensus: Mean Creek is an uncomfortably riveting glimpse into the casual cruelty of youth.

Movie Info

When the shy Sam confides in his protective older sibling, Rocky about the overweight bully in school named George, Rocky hatches a plot to exact their revenge on his brother's tormentor.more
Rating: R (for language, sexual references, teen drug use and alcohol use)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Jacob Estes, Jacob Aaron Estes
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 25, 2005
Box Office: $0.3M
Paramount Classics - Official Site


Josh Peck
as George
Michael Fisher-Welsh
as Mr. Levinworth
Raissa Fleming
as Maggie Tooney
Kaz Garas
as Detective Wright
Shelly Lipkin
as Mr. Merric
Hagai Shaham
as Handsome Police Offi...
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Critic Reviews for Mean Creek

All Critics (127) | Top Critics (40)

Estes' dark sunlit tale cuts like a knife.

October 19, 2004
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

A low-key, low-budget thriller that reminds us just how cruel young people can be.

Full Review… | September 24, 2004
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

This movie about teens is for adults only.

Full Review… | December 26, 2010
Common Sense Media

A very effective tale of morals, conscience, and peer pressure.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

First time writer/ director Estes brings sensitivity and insight to this tale of teens pushed to extremes and forced to confront their sense of responsibility and morality

Full Review… | August 30, 2005
Urban Cinefile

example of everything that is good in American independent cinema

Full Review… | August 30, 2005

Audience Reviews for Mean Creek

Truly haunting and riveting. Outstanding performances, incredible script with compelling characters and a huge emotional core help make ''Mean Creek'', in my view, pretty much a masterpiece. It delves into the cruel side of the minds of teenagers and proves a very dark but accurate view of how horrible the consequences of an immature action can be. Fantastic.

Liam Gadd
Liam Gadd

Super Reviewer


Prepare for a downer. Mean Creek is depressing, slow moving, and excellent. While some may complain that everything seems to happen at a snails pace, but I believe that the unsettlingly realistic film's pacing worked to it's advantage. Throughout the first hour of the film you know something terrible is going to happen, and the suspense builds to what for me was a constant feeling of dread. By the time that moment comes I was completely emotionally invested and it made the second half of the movie all the more intense. Mean Creek is not for anyone looking for a nice light watch, but if you have the patience and stomach for it then your in for a great movie.

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

A devastating movie concerning the ultimate revenge plot amongst some young kids, who aim to get back at a high school bully (Josh Peck). Peck is a revelation in this movie, and the overall cast is phenomenal. It is disturbing, but extremely effective in many ways, and even though it has its share of problems (the two dads plot seems a bit out there), the ending is also haunting and completely unforgettable. Although "Straw Dogs" remains the ultimate revenge-bully film, this comes awful close to toppling it.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

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