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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 (VI)
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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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


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

Flutie Archibald

Super Reviewer


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.

Clintus M.
Clintus Maximus

Super Reviewer

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.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

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