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.
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Critic Reviews for Mud
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.
The type of film that's miraculously heartwarming, while also mournful and filled with sorrow.
McConaughey masterpiece as a a man on the run in Mississippi.
Audience Reviews for Mud
Thoroughly enjoyed this one. It's been hanging around on the watchlist for a while now.
Mud is one of the best, most original films I've seen in years. Its reminiscent of Stand By Me, Slingblade, and Huckleberry Finn. Its an unusual coming of age film; the title character Mud, played by McConaughey, never comes of age. He repeats the same mistakes time and time again, but the boys in the story do gain the maturity and wisdom that only comes from adversity. I like McConaughey in this grimy look much better than the romantic comedies he's been doing. Likewise, Reese Witherspoon is in a very unusual role here, and I like it.
Some of this story is hard to believe, but that's not important. This is the kind of character-driven plot I would like to see Hollywood make more of. The moral of the story is: you learn some harsh lessons about life from revenge-driven relatives and inconsiderate teenage girls. Its a sad but true parallel situation.
A troubled young boy meets a convict on the run on a deserted island and works as a liaison between he and his estranged girlfriend.
This film defies Hollywood conventions because the name actor, Matthew McConaughey isn't the main character. Really this film is about the young boy, and his main conflict is about whether or not he can believe in love, which is remarkably compelling and subtly rendered.
The performance by young Tye Sheridan is good, not great; he's able to convey the character with some maturity, but the je ne sais quoi that it takes to carry a film is absent at this early stage of his career.
Overall, I've heard people bemoan this film as slow, but I think analyzing its structure makes it more interesting than it might seem at first blush.
|Neckbone:||Let's go, hard-on!|
|Juniper:||Why are you helpin' us?|
|Ellis:||Because both of you love each other.|
|Mary Lee:||How old are you?|
|Mary Lee:||You know you just hit a senior.|
|Ellis:||I ain't a townie!|
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