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Mud (2013)



Average Rating: 7.9/10
Reviews Counted: 168
Fresh: 164 | Rotten: 4

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.


Average Rating: 7.9/10
Critic Reviews: 37
Fresh: 35 | Rotten: 2

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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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



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Aug 6, 2013


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

January 1, 2014 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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An evocative highlight of the American movie year so far.

January 1, 2014 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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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.

January 1, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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For at least three-quarters of the way, this is a fine film, and one that kids and parents could see together.

June 12, 2013 Full Review Source: The New Republic
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There is an enchanted-fairy-tale aspect to Mud, but its bright, calm surface only barely disguises a strong, churning undercurrent.

May 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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A modern fairy tale, steeped in the sleepy Mississippi lore of Twain and similar American writers, and with a heart as big as the river is wide.

May 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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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.

January 1, 2014 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

Despite an almost sluggish pace, Nichols nevertheless finds the rhythm of Southern rural village life with its wary think-hard-before-you-speak watchfulness.

January 1, 2014 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Nichols truly takes you into this world and while the story may be a bit unsettling, the performances refuse to allow you to take your eyes off the screen.

January 1, 2014 Full Review Source: Film School Rejects
Film School Rejects

Mud might feel old fashioned and familiar but it is also a delicate and atmospheric film rarely made by Hollywood these days.

January 1, 2014 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

Nichols gives the story a languorous pace, but the beautiful scenery and naturalistic characters make this a film best enjoyed slowly.

January 1, 2014 Full Review Source: National Post
National Post

Mud earns its Mark Twain comparisons with its rich understanding of love through an early teenager's eyes.

November 21, 2013 Full Review Source:

A realistic, gripping and expressive boys' coming-of-age adventure story.

November 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Often the movies absorb these ideas in plots that are eager to retread to action and violence, but Nichols finds a resonating and sharp tone here that understates those desires.

September 5, 2013 Full Review Source:

A highly personal tale of undergrown men and overgrown boys experiencing the growing pains of love turned unrequited, and the realization that nothing-not freedom, not security, not innocence, not love-lasts forever. [Blu-ray]

August 13, 2013 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

Mud improves steadily as it progresses, however, as Nichols does a superb job of fleshing out the story and characters...

August 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Mud should cement [writer-director Jeff Nichols'] reputation as a storyteller capable of extracting intense excitement from character-based dramas.

August 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Reno Gazette-Journal

Warm, humorous, and smart, a Huckleberry Finnish snapshot of carefree boyhood on the brink of adolescence.

July 12, 2013 Full Review Source:

Mud is about the fragility of men, the craving to be loved - by a woman, by other men - and how easily that love is misplaced, taken away, cheated or lost.

July 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Crikey

Mud has a rare big-screen beauty, and its old-fashioned storytelling recalls A River Runs Through It, Night of the Hunter, and Stand By Me.

June 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Response

This moody, broody character-driven crime story is another fine step in the career redemption of Matthew McConaughey.

June 28, 2013 Full Review Source: 3AW

Mud is the kind of small scale, character driven drama one rarely sees out of the States any more, and cements Nichols as one of his country's most significant independent auteurs.

June 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Moviedex

Audience Reviews for Mud

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.
August 11, 2014
Jim Hunter

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Mud: There are fierce powers at work in the world, boys. Good, evil, poor luck, best luck. As men, we've got to take advantage where we can.

For anyone who has seen Jeff Nichols previous two movies, Shotgun Stories and Take Shelter; Mud should not be a surprise. This again has that same style. It's realistic, regional, and very well written and acted. Even with how good Mud is, and it's very, very good, I still think I liked his previous two more. Still this is a hell of a film.

Two boys, Ellis and Neckbone, who live on a river in Arkansas go looking for a boat that has been lodged in a tree on an island. When they find it, they also find a man; Mud. They slowly start helping Mud, bringing food, as he waits for a girl to show up. Mud tells them stories of love and life on the river, but also of the predicament he finds himself in. He shot a man, not for the wrong reasons, and now that mans family are after him.

This movie is about love and loss, and that's shown through countless windows. Ellis is going through his first experience with love, right as he is trying to help Mud get reacquainted with his love, and while his parents are going through a separation.

All in all, Mud is a fantastic film. If you liked Nichols previous films, this is a can't miss. If you haven't seen any of Nichol's films, you really should see all three. There's no doubt in my mind that Jeff Nichol's is easily one of the best filmmakers going right now.
May 14, 2014
Melvin White

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An original, compelling and well-done southern drama. Director, Jeff Nichols film is mesmerizing, it as great characters and is very thrilling. It's nice to see a film that delivers not what you were expecting but what you were hoping. Matthew McConaughey gives an outstanding and strong performance. One of his best performances ever. McConaughey and his young co-stars Tye Sheridan and Jacob Lofland have wonderful chemistry together.
January 18, 2014

Super Reviewer

Mud is director Jeff Nichols's love letter to Arkansas/Mississippi, the place of his birth and to stories of adventure that young boys enjoy, most notably Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain. Certain elements of the story are uncertain and ultimately unimportant. Much like in the brilliant Take Shelter, Nichols's previous film, it's the mood, the spirit of the film that is important and where the film succeeds. Matthew McConaughey's return to greatness is evident in his performance and there is welcome and impressive supporting performances by the very talented Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Paulson , Ray McKinnon , Sam Shepard, Michael Shannon and Joe Don Baker. Most impressive is probably the young talent on show. Both Tye Sheridan and Jacob Lofland should have successful careers ahead of them. With this only being Nichols third feature film, it's hard not to see him as a future great.
January 16, 2014

Super Reviewer

    1. Neckbone: Let's go, hard-on!
    – Submitted by Jason L (9 months ago)
    1. Juniper: Why are you helpin' us?
    2. Ellis: Because both of you love each other.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (12 months ago)
    1. Mary Lee: How old are you?
    2. Ellis: Fourteen.
    3. Mary Lee: You know you just hit a senior.
    4. Ellis: So what!
    – Submitted by John W (12 months ago)
    1. Ellis: I ain't a townie!
    – Submitted by John W (12 months ago)
    1. Ellis: You gave up on her. She gave up on you. Just like anybody else. I trusted you.
    – Submitted by Reza P (12 months ago)
    1. Ellis: It's the law.
    2. Neckbone: It's bullshit.
    – Submitted by Reza P (12 months ago)
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