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 … More

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


as Tom Blakenship

as Neckbone

as Mary Lee

as Senior

as Carver
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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


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


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.

Melvin White

Super Reviewer

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