Mud Reviews

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Will Leitch
Deadspin
June 23, 2013
All the women in this movie are shrews, liars and/or emasculators.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Simon Abrams
The Playlist
April 22, 2013
Mud is as unmoving as it is because it doesn't aspire to be anything other than a competent anti-fairy tale in which the paint-by-number morals are enforced by equally obvious main protagonists.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
January 1, 2014
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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David Fear
Time Out
May 26, 2012
What sounds like Huckleberry Finn on the page, however, ends up like a stock melodrama onscreen.
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
May 13, 2013
Other than pacing problems that needlessly stretch the film past the two-hour mark, 'Mud' slings the dirt and sweat with the best of them, as it both mourns and celebrates a way of life that's all but disappeared.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Erik McClanahan
The Playlist
April 25, 2013
Every scene, moment and shot of Mud is spot-on, necessary, and adds to the whole, making for a satisfying film experience that will please many a varied filmgoer's taste.
Full Review | Original Score: A
May 9, 2013
The disappointing denouement is far outweighed by the overall strength of the journey to that resolution.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Greg Evans
Bloomberg News
April 26, 2013
Buy a boat in a tree, and you'll buy anything. And so we do in "Mud," Jeff Nichols's yarn about a charming outlaw on the run, drizzled with Tennessee Williams lyricism and Huck-and-Tom adventure.
John Serba
MLive.com
May 31, 2013
Jeff Nichols writes characters with depth, nurtures strong performances form his cast and allows the screenplay's backwater setting to effectively create tone and texture.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Steve Macfarlane
Slant Magazine
April 23, 2013
The film ultimately succeeds thanks to small details, from its deep-fried lingo and the swampy texture of its location photography to its uniformly expert cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Matt Donato
We Got This Covered
April 22, 2013
I so wish I had the "Wrap It Up" box from Chappelle's Show, because if I could have hit it around the hour and forty five minute mark during Mud, it would have added another star onto my review.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Matthew Odam
Austin American-Statesman
April 25, 2013
The movie, like adolescence, is a rich and emotional experience that jolts and jangles with a sense of wonder, mystery and discovery.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Chris Stuckmann
ChrisStuckmann.com
April 23, 2015
The type of film that's miraculously heartwarming, while also mournful and filled with sorrow.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Witney Seibold
CraveOnline
April 27, 2013
It's rare that films manage to capture the actual experience of what it is like to be a child, but 'Mud' seems to nail the ethos.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Ty Cooper
HeyUGuys
January 19, 2013
Though it is unlikely that Mud will live up to the expectations of those who were floored by Jeff Nichols' last film Take Shelter, it is still a powerful film in it's own right.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Chris Sawin
Examiner.com
April 26, 2013
Mud is a captivating drama with well-rounded characters and fantastic performances from its three leads.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
Allison Loring
Film School Rejects
January 1, 2014
Nichols truly takes you into this world and while the story may be a bit unsettling, the performances refuse to allow you to take your eyes off the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Mark Ellis
Schmoes Know
April 19, 2013
Thank you Joe Nicholl for reminding me that I don't just love movies for wookies and capes and guys in iron suits. Still pumped for IM3 though.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
May 10, 2013
Mud is, perhaps, a little longer than it needed to be, but few sensitive viewers will begrudge Nichols his indulgence. This director is the real thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 24, 2013
This is American cinema at its very best as Huckleberry Finn meets Stand By Me.The two boys are terrific and McConaughey is sensational as Mud, dazzlingly frazzled as the hunted and haunted man on the run.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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