Mean Creek Reviews

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August 14, 2007
October 19, 2004
Estes' dark sunlit tale cuts like a knife.
September 24, 2004
A low-key, low-budget thriller that reminds us just how cruel young people can be.
September 23, 2004
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 17, 2004
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
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 10, 2004
In its simple portrait of a bully Mean Creek may be one of the most political and socially conscious films of the year.
September 10, 2004
As odd as it may sound, the best of the many good things that can be said of writer-director Jacob Aaron Estes' debut feature Mean Creek is that it could have been written by a teenager.
September 4, 2004
There are all sorts of other themes at work below the surface, including examinations of teenage peer pressure and moral responsibility.
September 3, 2004
Estes dives into this material as if it's never been done before, and his characters and situations are so realistic and the film's tone is so assured that he succeeds at making it feel fresh.
September 3, 2004
An unusually truthful depiction of the way kids today talk, think and act.
September 3, 2004
Very much its own picture -- and a damn sight better one than Stand by Me.
August 27, 2004
Takes its place alongside Stand by Me and River's Edge as one of very few films to accurately portray the experience of growing up male.
August 27, 2004
Estes has an uncanny knack for creating character, and for finding the kind of throwaway detail that resonates.
August 27, 2004
Yet another small gem from the strong Sundance class of 2004, Mean Creek mines credible drama from teenage revenge fantasies.
August 27, 2004
That rare movie that manages to be not only an adroit, carefully observed study in character and suspense, but important.
August 27, 2004
A thoughtful, unpretentious coming-of-age drama with uncommon emotional heft and an engaging young cast.
August 27, 2004
Through the vast land mass of the teen movie, Mean Creek flows with intelligent purpose and thematic passion, at least until it doesn't.
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.
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