The Town may not be perfect, but Affleck does a lot of things right, including picking some great actors and letting them do their jobs to deliver fine performances.
| Original Score: 3/5
Assured, confident direction by Affleck, terrifically paced action sequences and brilliant use of location turn The Town into a truly enjoyable movie.
| Original Score: 8/10
One of the great modern heist pictures.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Action can be difficult for someone not experienced with it. Yet, Affleck shows that he's more than up to the task.
| Original Score: 3/4
'The Town' hits not one false note, despite a plot that easily could have come across as contrived.
| Original Score: A
Because this all revolves around Affleck, The Town is a curiosity; directed by him under another name and it would be forgettable.
Ben Affleck may not be his generation's best actor, but he is quickly becoming one of its best directors.
If it just stuck to its guns The Town would be a fun, engaging heist film, but by reaching for more it ends up achieving less.
| Original Score: 7/10
The Town isn't original in any sense of the word, but Affleck does a marvelous job executing all of the pieces and is easily one of the best films of 2010.
A grade A crime thriller.
One of those rare cases that the previews are actually as good as the movie.
| Original Score: B
A crime thriller that is good more of the time than it's not, but suffers from the fact it should've been great.
A solid crime drama, with shades of Michael Mann's Heat, but a sluggish pace and meandering middle drag things down a little.
... a well-tooled thriller with a tough edge and an impressive professionalism.
The movie's thrills are old-fashioned and assured.
Despite its gritty feel and appearance, it's a romantic heist picture at heart.
The cast is uniformly game, restrained, earthy, and will probably prove superior to at least half of those nominated for Oscars next year.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Ben Affleck has matured as an actor and serves up what is arguably his best performance to date.
One of the first serious adult dramas of the fall season, 'The Town' also is one of the first serious Oscar contenders.