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Mean Creek Reviews

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August 19, 2004
The kind of cheerlessly capable first feature that makes you think its young director, Jacob Aaron Estes, will do much better when he finds a voice to call his own.
August 23, 2004
The problem with dramas about doomed teenagers movies is that once you have seen one of them, in a way you've seen them all.
August 23, 2004
Reach exceeds grasp in this small ensemble character drama in the vein of Stand By Me that succeeds far more in theory than in practice.
Full Review | Original Score: C
August 17, 2004
A fairly ordinary, machine-shopped Sundance résumé indie, seemingly balanced somewhere between half-realized ambition and inexperience.
August 19, 2004
A harbinger of possibly better things to come.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 14, 2007
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
August 7, 2004
The script manages a few compelling characters, but the rest falls into that non-descript Troubled Teenager category.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 24, 2004
If you saw River's Edge, you may know where this glum, well-acted drama is headed right after it sets sail.
August 20, 2004
A flawed yet promising first film from a writer/director whose ambitions exceed his grasp, at least for now.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 4, 2005
Angry kids on an unsupervised boat trip? Constant ominous music? Gee, wonder what's going to happen next.
August 27, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 24, 2004
[Writer-director Jacob Aaron Estes] coats everything in a brooding self-importance, as if he was intent on making the most depressing After-School Special ever.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 17, 2004
Mean Creek functions well as both a tidy little thriller and a touching coming-of-age story, and that's more than teens usually get these days.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
August 19, 2004
At once endearing and infuriating, Peck has the audience emotionally vacillating between wanting to protect him and wanting to kill him.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 27, 2005
...a movie about moral choices, about learning what it is to be decent in the world.
Read More | Original Score: A-
August 27, 2004
It could have been simple-minded and predictable, but it becomes a rare film about moral choices, about the difficulty of standing up against pressure from your crowd.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 19, 2004
Estes has provided a keenly-honed view of human psychology.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 17, 2004
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.
August 19, 2004
After-school-special level dialogue hangs heavily in the air after it is spoken. But the cast is utterly genuine, transcending the limits of the screenplay.
Read More | Original Score: B
December 26, 2010
This movie about teens is for adults only.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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