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Where Chrystal's going isn't always clear, but this slow-burning story proves effective -- and marks writer-director-star McKinnon as a multi-hyphenated talent to watch. Read critic reviews

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Returning to his hometown after 16 years in prison, Joe (Billy Bob Thornton) has to contend with his deeply troubled past, particularly the car accident that killed his son and permanently damaged his wife, Chrystal (Lisa Blount), both physically and emotionally. While Chrystal struggles to deal with Joe's renewed presence in her life, he tries to win her forgiveness. Joe's criminal history also comes into play when he must confront his old rival, a drug dealer named Snake (Ray McKinnon).

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  • Feb 12, 2014
    Ray McKinnon's Chrystal is a real undiscovered gem. Starring McKinnon's now-deceased wife Lisa Blount and Billy Bob Thornton, Chrystal is a startlingly real story of pain and redemption set in the "wild" backwoods of Arkansas. With its powerful themes and emotional scars, fans of Sling Blade should appreciate this film equally. It is no caricature. I loved the setting, characters, and issues, but the pace was uneven, At times I thought this was a brilliant film, and at others I thought it ponderous. The film is also "wild" in many senses; it features picturesque scenery and savage yet eerily accurate characters. Lisa Blount is wonderful; I'd like to see more of her roles. McKinnon is gifted also; I have seen him play a wide variety of characters. Chrystal's bluegrass musical background is a great addition and even steals a few scenes. This is a traumatic journey, not for the prudish or squeamish. It represents outstanding independent filmmaking.
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  • Mar 22, 2009
    A really great movie. It starts out a little weird, like you don't know what you're getting yourself into, but it is definately worth it. You become really invested in the characters (especially the dog!)
    Sarah P Super Reviewer
  • Jul 12, 2007
    This movie was so boring! It never picked up. Do not waste your time.
    Erin C Super Reviewer

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