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The Town Reviews

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
September 16, 2010
There's a decent movie in The Town, though this adaptation of the Chuck Hogan novel Prince of Thieves stretches out to a misjudged 130 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine
September 10, 2010
A fatuous star vehicle that leaves little doubt about who gets the most soulful close-ups.
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
September 16, 2010
As a chaser to Affleck's last offering of pungent Beantown brew, The Town is near-beer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com
September 24, 2010
Affleck is a little wooden... and most of what happens outside of the actual bank robberies themselves is pretty predictable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
September 15, 2010
There's more than a few things off in this tale of a disillusioned professional thief (Affleck, dull), his unlikely inamorata (Hall, wasted) and the determined FBI agent (Hamm, solid) out to apprehend him.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
November 6, 2010
...the familiarity of the storyline is rarely as problematic as one might've anticipated...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
April 28, 2015
I don't know if you've heard this already, but Ben Affleck happens to be from Boston.
Jordan Hiller
Bangitout.com
December 30, 2010
A film can only be as riveting as its ability to have the audience believe or suspend belief, and though The Town takes steps toward authenticity, it fails to meet even the basic requirements of plausibility.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
September 17, 2010
An autopsy for The Town would list multiple causes of death.
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
November 2, 2010
En comparación con su primer largo como director, este segundo intento de Ben Affleck pierde puntos no porque sea una mala película, sino porque es una película más.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
September 8, 2010
Steeped in an authentic sense of place, this crime drama is less convincing on the storytelling front.
Xan Brooks
Guardian
September 9, 2010
Acts so big and tough that it soon grows faintly ludicrous.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Armond White
New York Press
September 15, 2010
The Town is nearly as ludicrous as [Affleck's] debut Gone Baby Gone -- another poison pen letter to Beantown.
Will Chadwick
We Got This Covered
November 9, 2013
Assured, confident direction by Affleck, terrifically paced action sequences and brilliant use of location turn The Town into a truly enjoyable movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Jeff Beck
Examiner.com
September 23, 2012
Action can be difficult for someone not experienced with it. Yet, Affleck shows that he's more than up to the task.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Joshua Starnes
ComingSoon.net
March 21, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Shannon Wright
Moviedex
October 29, 2010
Disproving theories on the inability of male multitasking, Ben Affleck skilfully acts, writes and directs The Town.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Scott Henderson
The Vine
October 6, 2010
Only now does it seem the older Affleck's career rehabilitation is fully complete with the arrival of his second accomplished directorial outing, The Town.
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
September 15, 2010
Affleck gives such a confident, authentic performance - both in front of and behind the camera - that the crime genre's familiar tropes take on a lively, at times electric quality.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matt Neal
The Standard
October 17, 2010
It turns that as a director [Affleck is] exemplary and probably should direct himself more often, as he's done a great job both in front of and behind the lens in this excellent heist film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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