Mud

2013

Mud

Critics Consensus

Bolstered by a strong performance from Matthew McConaughey in the title role, Mud offers an engaging Southern drama that manages to stay sweet and heartwarming without being sappy.

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Mud is an adventure about two boys, Ellis and his friend Neckbone, who find a man named Mud hiding out on an island in the Mississippi. Mud describes fantastic scenarios-he killed a man in Texas and vengeful bounty hunters are coming to get him. He says he is planning to meet and escape with the love of his life, Juniper, who is waiting for him in town. Skeptical but intrigued, Ellis and Neckbone agree to help him. It isn't long until Mud's visions come true and their small town is besieged by a beautiful girl with a line of bounty hunters in tow. (c) Roadside Attractions

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  • Glorious vision of youth and truth, love and loss, your name is Mud.

    Jan 1, 2014 | Full Review…
  • An evocative highlight of the American movie year so far.

    Jan 1, 2014 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • Sadly, Nichols, who made the superb Take Shelter, gets mired in mood this time around. But there's still an evocative sense of childhood exploration, and a gritty performance by Matthew McConaughey.

    Jan 1, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • For at least three-quarters of the way, this is a fine film, and one that kids and parents could see together.

    Jun 12, 2013 | Full Review…
  • There is an enchanted-fairy-tale aspect to Mud, but its bright, calm surface only barely disguises a strong, churning undercurrent.

    May 17, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • A modern fairy tale, steeped in the sleepy Mississippi lore of Twain and similar American writers, and with a heart as big as the river is wide.

    May 16, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
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