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Mud (2013)



Critic Consensus: Bolstered by a strong performance from Matthew McConaughey in the title role, Mud offers an engaging Southern drama that manages to stay sweet and heartwarming without being sappy.

Movie Info

Mud is an adventure about two boys, Ellis and his friend Neckbone, who find a man named Mud hiding out on an island in the Mississippi. Mud describes fantastic scenarios-he killed a man in Texas and vengeful bounty hunters are coming to get him. He says he is planning to meet and escape with the love of his life, Juniper, who is waiting for him in town. Skeptical but intrigued, Ellis and Neckbone agree to help him. It isn't long until Mud's visions come true and their small town is besieged by a beautiful girl with a line of bounty hunters in tow. (c) Roadside Attractionsmore
Rating: PG-13 (for some violence, sexual references, language, thematic elements and smoking)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Jeff Nichols
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 6, 2013
Box Office: $21.6M
Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions - Official Site


Sam Shepard
as Tom Blakenship
Jacob Lofland
as Neckbone
Sarah Paulson
as Mary Lee
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News & Interviews for Mud

Critic Reviews for Mud

All Critics (169) | Top Critics (38)

Glorious vision of youth and truth, love and loss, your name is Mud.

Full Review… | January 1, 2014
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

An evocative highlight of the American movie year so far.

Full Review… | January 1, 2014
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Sadly, Nichols, who made the superb Take Shelter, gets mired in mood this time around. But there's still an evocative sense of childhood exploration, and a gritty performance by Matthew McConaughey.

Full Review… | January 1, 2014
New York Daily News
Top Critic

The type of film that's miraculously heartwarming, while also mournful and filled with sorrow.

Full Review… | April 23, 2015

McConaughey masterpiece as a a man on the run in Mississippi.

February 9, 2014
Baret News

If Mud isn't the best movie of this young year, it's certainly the most instantly satisfying.

Full Review… | January 1, 2014
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

Audience Reviews for Mud

A great teenage adventure movie with an intriguing plot and outstanding child actors. It sums up the childhood feelings of having a really exciting summer really well. The sudden burst of violence during the showdown seems a bit too much, but everything is perfectly solved after all. Satisfying, touching and really well done all around.

Jens S.

Super Reviewer

That's not just some dog howling at the moon, that's the memory of Mark Twain's Huck Finn sagely recognising a kindred spirit in this evocative and moody trip to childhood, lost love, family breakups and small town intrigue. To Kill A Mockingbird lives right down the road in the hollow. Not to be missed.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


Thoroughly enjoyed this one. It's been hanging around on the watchlist for a while now.

Flutie Archibald

Super Reviewer

Mud Quotes

Neckbone: Let's go, hard-on!
– Submitted by Jason L (2 years ago)
Juniper: Why are you helpin' us?
Ellis: Because both of you love each other.
– Submitted by Alyssa B (2 years ago)
Mary Lee: How old are you?
Ellis: Fourteen.
Mary Lee: You know you just hit a senior.
Ellis: So what!
– Submitted by John W (2 years ago)
Ellis: I ain't a townie!
– Submitted by John W (2 years ago)

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