Mud (2013)



Critic 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
PG-13 (for some violence, sexual references, language, thematic elements and smoking)
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Sam Shepard
as Tom Blakenship
Jacob Lofland
as Neckbone
Sarah Paulson
as Mary Lee
Ray McKinnon
as Senior
Paul Sparks
as Carver
Bonnie Sturdivant
as May Pearl
Stuart Greer
as Miller
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Critic Reviews for Mud

All Critics (171) | Top Critics (38)

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

Full Review… | January 1, 2014
TIME Magazine
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An evocative highlight of the American movie year so far.

Full Review… | January 1, 2014
Chicago Tribune
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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.

Full Review… | January 1, 2014
New York Daily News
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For at least three-quarters of the way, this is a fine film, and one that kids and parents could see together.

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

Full Review… | May 16, 2013
Globe and Mail
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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.

Full Review… | May 16, 2013
Toronto Star
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Audience Reviews for Mud

A great teenage adventure movie with an intriguing plot and outstanding child actors. It sums up the childhood feelings of having a really exciting summer really well. The sudden burst of violence during the showdown seems a bit too much, but everything is perfectly solved after all. Satisfying, touching and really well done all around.

Jens S.
Jens S.

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That's not just some dog howling at the moon, that's the memory of Mark Twain's Huck Finn sagely recognising a kindred spirit in this evocative and moody trip to childhood, lost love, family breakups and small town intrigue. To Kill A Mockingbird lives right down the road in the hollow. Not to be missed.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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Thoroughly enjoyed this one. It's been hanging around on the watchlist for a while now.

Flutie Archibald
Flutie Archibald

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