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Gone Baby Gone Reviews

November 18, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
November 17, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
September 18, 2008
Gone Baby Gone is an argument for obligation over accommodation, the absolute over the contingent.
June 5, 2008
Flawed but impressive.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
February 22, 2008
Forgive him for Gigli.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 24, 2007
Mr. Affleck is laying the foundation, brick by brick, for a promising new career.
October 22, 2007
Ben directs Casey in Gone Baby Gone, and it's a career highlight for both of them.
October 22, 2007
The unconvincing genre conventions in Gone Baby Gone are at odds with its authentic, lived-in atmosphere, but no one can say that Affleck hasn't looked into the depths, and the movie ends on a resonantly ambiguous note.
October 22, 2007
Casey's big brother has made a tough, taut mystery.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 19, 2007
Bravo to Ben Affleck for a smart choice and impressive work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 19, 2007
As an actor, Affleck has more turkeys on his rà (C)sumà (C) than a Thanksgiving buffet, so what makes him think he can direct? Yet Gone Baby Gone is strong enough to suggest that moviegoers -- and critics -- should give him the benefit of the doubt.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 19, 2007
There's nothing flashy about Ben Affleck's direction. He clearly adores actors, and he's found the right vehicle to express what they can do.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 19, 2007
The film is full of scenes that make the hair stand up on the back of your neck.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 19, 2007
The film is intelligent and always heading somewhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 19, 2007
Lehane's superb plotting serves the director well, and Affleck's unblinking view of the world he seems to know, with an emphasis on ugliness, self-perpetuating despair and the wrong sorts of people having children, serves Lehane's story.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 19, 2007
Gone Baby Gone quietly accumulates in power, leading to one of the more subtly devastating final shots in recent memory.
Read More | Original Score: A-
October 19, 2007
Affleck shows a real affection for performers and their work; after assembling a good cast, he's not afraid to let them go on a little bit.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 19, 2007
A twisty, morally ambiguous and satisfying neo-noir.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 19, 2007
Structurally, it's a bit murky, but in every other way Gone Baby Gone marks a triumph for the Affleck brothers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 19, 2007
A film that indicates its first-time director knows what he's doing.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 19, 2007
There's finally much less than meets the eye in what amounts to a linear tour of Greater Boston's criminal minds.
October 19, 2007
Brooding, somber film is ragged around the edges and not without problematic aspects.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
October 19, 2007
A love-tolerate valentine to the city, it feels more real than the gangster-gorged mean streets of Martin Scorsese's The Departed, and just as tortured as Clint Eastwood's Mystic River.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 19, 2007
An exceptional picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 19, 2007
The movie has some nice plot turns, it settles around a painful moral dilemma, and features some fine acting. But it's the sticky sweat of the street and the fine attention to detail that pulls you in and keeps you glued to the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 19, 2007
We give up before the detectives do, not just on the story, but on humanity, which I doubt is what anyone involved really wants.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
October 19, 2007
Affleck's directorial debut [is] a deft look at deep themes.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 19, 2007
The picture is so superbly executed in every other respect that Casey seems more quirky than miscast.
October 19, 2007
A superior police procedural, and something more -- a study in devious human nature.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 19, 2007
Welcome home, Ben Affleck -- all is forgiven. Yes, even Gigli.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 19, 2007
A satisfyingly tough look into conscience, to those dark places where some men also go astray.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
October 18, 2007
It's deceptively simple going forward, but devilishly complex in retrospect.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 18, 2007
The brothers Affleck both emerge triumphant in this mesmerizing thriller.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 18, 2007
The strength of the film's subject matter and the intelligence and perceptiveness with which it is approached make this not merely an October diversion but a genuine Oscar contender.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 18, 2007
A dour, fairly intriguing mystery based on the fourth book in a series of South Boston-set detective novels by Dennis Lehane.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 18, 2007
As a procedural, Gone Baby Gone is by the numbers. As a portrait of human folly and resilience, however, it's great drama, and it has some powerful performances to match.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 18, 2007
Not an unqualified success, but an absorbing directorial debut with terrific performances from Michelle Monaghan, Morgan Freeman, Amy Ryan and Ed Harris
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 17, 2007
In his directing debut, Affleck has found his calling, an avenue for using his obvious intelligence while getting out of the way of his own celebrity.
October 17, 2007
In emulating the best -- Eastwood's Mystic River, Scorsese's The Departed -- Affleck shows excellent instincts, not least of which is letting his brother, Casey, hold the center as a young guy not as smaht as he thinks he is.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
October 16, 2007
In his strikingly downbeat directorial debut, Affleck has created something of a blue-moon rarity: an American movie of genuine moral complexity.
October 15, 2007
Casey Affleck has never had a pedestal like the one his brother provides him, and he earns it.
September 5, 2007
Mordant, melancholic but impressive debut for director Affleck.
September 5, 2007
Moral ambiguity is the real star of Ben Affleck's helming debut, Gone Baby Gone, an involving Boston-set tale of mixed motives, selflessness and perfidy in the wake of a 4-year-old girl's disappearance.