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Mystic River Reviews

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
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine
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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

August 7, 2004
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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Works as a straight-up detective story, and the acting is often breathtaking.

| Original Score: 4/5

November 14, 2003
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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Too depressing to fill audiences with delight, but it does seem to validate questionable attitudes, especially an indifference to the suffering of innocent people and a willingness to shoot first and ask questions later.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Original Score: 2/4

October 24, 2003
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Solid, rarely showy performances, meticulously recreated detective work and moments of pure unadulterated grief accent this whodunit, a movie that will have those who haven't read the book fooled for much of its length.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

October 17, 2003
Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
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Contains so many layers that you'll want to see it more than once. It's one for the memory books.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: A

October 17, 2003
Tom Long
Detroit News
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There is depth in this movie, and fine acting. But even more intriguing, there are questions... questions with no clear answers.

| Original Score: B+

October 17, 2003
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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Smart, hard-charging, compassionate.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 17, 2003

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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October 17, 2003
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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The experience of being so absorbed in a movie and the lives of the people in it, of trusting a director and a writer and actors to take me places completely unexpected, is so rare that I savored every unexpected turn and twist.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 4/4

October 17, 2003
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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A solid whodunit, with disturbing, provocative, take-home insights into human nature.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

October 16, 2003
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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A masterpiece of the first order.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

October 16, 2003
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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Deals with themes Eastwood has often explored before, but never so delicately or with as much sad wisdom: The way in which our past haunts our present, the lasting repercussions of violence and the cruel inexorability of fate.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 16, 2003
Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
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It is an impressive movie masquerading as an important one.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: B

October 16, 2003
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Eastwood has handed Penn the role of a lifetime, and the actor scorches the screen with his anguish and angry vengefulness.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: A-

October 16, 2003
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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Eastwood and his terrific cast leave you shaken in ways that matter.

| Original Score: A-

October 15, 2003
David Edelstein
Slate
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For all its missteps, Mystic River gets the big things right: It turns you inside out with grief.

Full Review Source: Slate

October 10, 2003
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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Where Lehane's novel seethes with emotionally charged subtext, Eastwood's workmanlike direction feels static -- fatally tasteful, embalmed in gravitas -- while his sporadic efforts at dramatic heightening come off as vulgar cliché.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

October 9, 2003
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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A deeply textured drama in which the sins (or perceived sins) of the past weigh heavily on the present.

October 9, 2003
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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If Mystic River is just a bit overplayed, a tad too highly pitched, it still resonates with grief and fury and feeling.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

October 9, 2003
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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The movie eloquently mourns the death of innocence and friendship. It also is a showcase for six stunning performances.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

October 9, 2003
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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The performances are exquisite.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 9, 2003
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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The acting throughout is exceptional, rooted in observed realism, but suggestive of more mythical agents at work through the lives of human beings.

| Original Score: 3/4

October 9, 2003
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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The film and its actors are at their best when acknowledging the tragedy of inarticulate men banging their heads against fate.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

October 9, 2003
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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Eastwood's most soulful, and most organic, movie.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

October 8, 2003
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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It is a movie to closely watch and to savour; the confident direction and the flawless ensemble performances are, quite simply, worthy of Oscars.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 4/5

October 8, 2003
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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Mystic River is full of details that stay with you.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 8, 2003
Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
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An adult drama rich in emotional textures.

| Original Score: 3/4

October 8, 2003
Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
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At nearly 2 1/2 hours, Mystic River proves that a mystery need not be taut to be riveting.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 4/4

October 8, 2003
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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Eastwood's best direction since Unforgiven and arguably the best, most mature work of his career.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 5/5

October 8, 2003
Paul Clinton (CNN.com)
CNN.com
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A riveting story with complex situations and extremely well defined characters.

Full Review Source: CNN.com

October 8, 2003
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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Crisply well-crafted and beautifully acted.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 4/4

October 8, 2003
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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River leads moviegoers on a suspense-filled, sometimes painful adventure marked by great performances.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

October 8, 2003
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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A powerful tale of crime, guilt, and punishment.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 6, 2003
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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This is an extremely well-crafted and powerful film with searing performances from the all-star cast, most notably Sean Penn and Tim Robbins.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

October 6, 2003
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Resonates long after the last fade-out.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger

October 3, 2003
Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
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A haunting, ambitious but ultimately flawed film that treads some of the same somber moral territory director Clint Eastwood explored in Unforgiven.

| Original Score: 3/4

October 3, 2003
Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
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A solid crime thriller.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 3, 2003
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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Mystic River is the rare American movie that aspires to -- and achieves -- the full weight and darkness of tragedy.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

October 2, 2003
Jan Stuart
Newsday
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What you end up admiring about the film is its literacy, its authenticity ... and its refusal to let us down easily.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3/4

October 2, 2003
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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A classic whodunit.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A

October 2, 2003
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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Eastwood's 24th directorial feature is his most ambitious in a decade.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

September 30, 2003
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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A movie of startling power and intimacy.

| Original Score: 4/4

September 25, 2003
Todd McCarthy
Variety
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Mystic River is a complex, deeply ambiguous study of lifelong ties, moral accountability and the flukes of destiny.

Full Review Source: Variety

May 29, 2003
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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A crisp, well-made, visually astute film that will provoke and divide [Eastwood's] admirers.

May 23, 2003
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