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Mud (2013)

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98

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.

94

Average Rating: 8/10
Critic Reviews: 36
Fresh: 34 | 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

PG-13,

Drama

Jeff Nichols (VI)

Aug 6, 2013

$21.6M

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All Critics (168) | Top Critics (36) | Fresh (164) | Rotten (4) | DVD (2)

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

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

January 1, 2014 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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
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
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
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
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: Flicks.co.nz
Flicks.co.nz

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

November 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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: Cinemaphile.org
Cinemaphile.org

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: EricDSnider.com
EricDSnider.com

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
Moviedex

Audience Reviews for Mud

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
allan913

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
SirPant

Super Reviewer

While this is not the usual type of movie I enjoy, I was surprised that I actually enjoyed it. I particularly loved Tye Sheridan's storyline and more than anything his performance.
January 7, 2014
Raajay

Super Reviewer

A fascinating, hypnotizing story about a mysterious homeless man (Matthew McConaughey) who lives on a small island in the middle of the Mississippi River and how he befriends two boys (Tye Sheridan, Jacob Lofland) and eventually talks them into helping him try to track down a former lover (Reese Witherspoon) who lives in town. This modern-day Huckleberry Finn tale is one full of fantastic cinematography, outstanding acting (McConaughey notably, but Sheridan and Lofland give incredible turns as well), realistic, well conceived turns in the plot, and a satisfying, optimistic conclusion. This movie has it all, and it is a near-masterpiece that deserves to be seen. Director Jeff Nichols ("Take Shelter") has hit yet another monster home run of a film concerning youth, love, betrayal, and the pains of growing up. McConaughey appears to be officially back to making great films and giving tremendous performances like he used to, and Nichols has firmly established himself as a director to be excited about for the future.
January 7, 2014
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

    1. Neckbone: Let's go, hard-on!
    – Submitted by Jason L (5 months ago)
    1. Juniper: Why are you helpin' us?
    2. Ellis: Because both of you love each other.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (7 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 (8 months ago)
    1. Ellis: I ain't a townie!
    – Submitted by John W (8 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 (8 months ago)
    1. Ellis: It's the law.
    2. Neckbone: It's bullshit.
    – Submitted by Reza P (8 months ago)
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