Mean Creek - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Mean Creek Reviews

Page 1 of 6
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 26, 2010
This movie about teens is for adults only.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
A very effective tale of morals, conscience, and peer pressure.
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
August 30, 2005
First time writer/ director Estes brings sensitivity and insight to this tale of teens pushed to extremes and forced to confront their sense of responsibility and morality
Dragan Antulov
Draxblog Movie Reviews
August 30, 2005
example of everything that is good in American independent cinema
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt
August 25, 2005
Follows a fluid narrative that never feels contrived, and leaves the audience with genuine sympathy for every single child involved.
Full Review | Original Score: 74/100
Brian Juergens
Freeze Dried Movies
April 1, 2005
A mature, significant contribution to the unfornately growing trend of films that address teen violence (unfortunate in that we need the trend at all).
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
February 7, 2005
A wonderful, if dreary, teen drama.
| Original Score: A-
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
January 30, 2005
I've actually known my fair share of troubled kids, and this film is as accurate a depiction of them as I've ever seen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 27, 2005
...a movie about moral choices, about learning what it is to be decent in the world.
| Original Score: A-
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
January 15, 2005
We're forced to stare both the perpetrators and the victims full in the face, to see what made them the fools they are and what will come of the foolishness they commit.
| Original Score: A-
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
January 4, 2005
Angry kids on an unsupervised boat trip? Constant ominous music? Gee, wonder what's going to happen next.
Emanuel Levy
November 14, 2004
Striking, superbly crafted feature debut by Jacob Estes
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
November 4, 2004
An astute examination of youth culture that blows away Hollywood's pathetic attempts to get into the mind of a teen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Anthony Del Valle
Las Vegas Mercury
October 30, 2004
First-time feature director Jacob Aaron Estes breathes life into a routine story with his talent for [emotional] detail.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
October 28, 2004
For a debut, it's downright startling.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Top Critic
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 19, 2004
Estes' dark sunlit tale cuts like a knife.
| Original Score: 3/4
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
October 6, 2004
For all its hilarity (and there is a lot), Mean Girls is primarily a fascinatingly adroit dissection of high school culture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Mark Sells
Oregon Herald
September 30, 2004
A smartly written film that refuses to fall into the traps of the teenage stereotype.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife
September 24, 2004
Estes' genius is in creating an atmosphere in the beginning that evokes kids-in-crisis predecessors, then shifting into a baroque mood for the canoe trip...
Top Critic
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
September 24, 2004
A low-key, low-budget thriller that reminds us just how cruel young people can be.
| Original Score: 4/5
Page 1 of 6