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Mean Creek (2004)



Critic Consensus: Mean Creek is an uncomfortably riveting glimpse into the casual cruelty of youth.

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When the shy Sam confides in his protective older sibling, Rocky about the overweight bully in school named George, Rocky hatches a plot to exact their revenge on his brother's tormentor.

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as Detective Wright
Shelly Lipkin
as Mr. Merric
Hagai Shaham
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Critic Reviews for Mean Creek

All Critics (121) | Top Critics (37)

Estes' dark sunlit tale cuts like a knife.

October 19, 2004 | Rating: 3/4

A low-key, low-budget thriller that reminds us just how cruel young people can be.

September 24, 2004 | Rating: 4/5

Although it is a flawed film, with a first half that moves slowly and sometimes tediously, it is redeemed by a second half that is gripping, not only for its action but for its moral complexity.

September 23, 2004 | Rating: 3.5/5

Estes has accomplished quite a bit here. In addition to providing a textbook example of suspense, he also makes us want to know what happens to these kids after the screen goes dark.

September 17, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

You could call Mean Creek a moral thriller. And the emotional currents the movie wades into are far more tricky than the gentle surface the kids' boat floats along.

September 17, 2004

I never lived a story anything like this, but I understand the emotional life of this film -- and I'm betting you will, too.

September 17, 2004 | Rating: B+

Audience Reviews for Mean Creek

Truly haunting and riveting. Outstanding performances, incredible script with compelling characters and a huge emotional core help make ''Mean Creek'', in my view, pretty much a masterpiece. It delves into the cruel side of the minds of teenagers and proves a very dark but accurate view of how horrible the consequences of an immature action can be. Fantastic.

Liam Gadd
Liam Gadd

Super Reviewer


Prepare for a downer. Mean Creek is depressing, slow moving, and excellent. While some may complain that everything seems to happen at a snails pace, but I believe that the unsettlingly realistic film's pacing worked to it's advantage. Throughout the first hour of the film you know something terrible is going to happen, and the suspense builds to what for me was a constant feeling of dread. By the time that moment comes I was completely emotionally invested and it made the second half of the movie all the more intense. Mean Creek is not for anyone looking for a nice light watch, but if you have the patience and stomach for it then your in for a great movie.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

A devastating movie concerning the ultimate revenge plot amongst some young kids, who aim to get back at a high school bully (Josh Peck). Peck is a revelation in this movie, and the overall cast is phenomenal. It is disturbing, but extremely effective in many ways, and even though it has its share of problems (the two dads plot seems a bit out there), the ending is also haunting and completely unforgettable. Although "Straw Dogs" remains the ultimate revenge-bully film, this comes awful close to toppling it.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

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