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Mystic River Reviews

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

The entire cast did a phenomenal job, resisting the urge to overact too much, which is what you get for a film like this.

Full Review Source: 7M Pictures | Original Score: 3/5

July 21, 2012
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Powerful performances in graphic story. Only 16+.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 3/5

December 26, 2010
Cole Smithey

American drama doesn't get any more meaty and muscular than this.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: A-

June 13, 2009
Rob Gonsalves

The performances are uniformly superb.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 5/5

August 25, 2008
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

Good, occasionally powerful noir that's been overhyped.

Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine) | Original Score: B

August 5, 2007
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound

Mystic falters occasionally, but I respect its effort and I'm happy to see Mr. Eastwood growing as a director.

Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound | Original Score: 3/4

July 14, 2007
Alan Morrison
Empire Magazine

While not quite the equal of the novel, it's more complex, emotionally-charged and better acted than the average Hollywood thriller.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

December 30, 2006
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

With characters that don't belong in the film and resolutions that seem mere fantasy, Mystic River never surpasses adequacy.

Full Review Source: Cinema Sight | Original Score: 3/4

August 8, 2006
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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It is in many ways Eastwood's tightest movie for some time, and certainly his darkest since Unforgiven; indeed, the ending offers as corrosive an assessment of the limits of American justice as anything in his career.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
KJ Doughton
Film Threat

A sprawling story that benefits from Eastwood's stripped-down approach. There are no jive talking Tarantino exchanges here, and no crowd-pleasing pyrotechnics.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 4/5

December 6, 2005
Bill Clark

This is one of the finer dramas to come down the pike in some time.

Full Review Source: FromTheBalcony | Original Score: A

June 21, 2005
Jon Lap
Apollo Guide

The film births wonderful performances from all three lead actors, as well as Marcia Gay Harden, who's palpable in preternatural ways, Thomas Guiry as the boy in love with Jimmy's daughter, and virtually everyone else with a strip of film time.

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 84/100

May 13, 2005
Ethan Alter
NYC Film Critic

It's a stately, handsome-looking studio drama that, for me, never really became emotionally or intellectually involving.

Full Review Source: NYC Film Critic | Original Score: 3/5

March 5, 2005
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

... frustratingly humorless, harsh, and hollow, lacking the cohesiveness, color and convincing characterization of Eastwood's masterpiece Unforgiven.

| Original Score: B-

January 15, 2005
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Penn and Robbins, especially, are absolutely riveting in this haunting tale of lives lost.

Full Review | Original Score: A

October 16, 2004
Tony Medley

This is an involving movie that held my interest for all but the last five of its 137-minute running time, despite an ending that seems to tolerate murder and vigilante justice.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 8/10

October 7, 2004
Mark Sells
Oregon Herald

Methodical, riveting and emotionally charged.

Full Review Source: Oregon Herald | Original Score: 4/5

August 13, 2004
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
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Sean Penn is so frighteningly good in this movie that he outdoes even the best of his earlier work.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

August 7, 2004
Mark Robison
Reno Gazette-Journal

A fine movie but not the masterpiece you've heard.

| Original Score: B+

June 24, 2004
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

Eastwood's best since Unforgiven.

Full Review Source: Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY) | Original Score: 3.5/4

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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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October 17, 2003
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