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Mud Reviews

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Mary Corliss
TIME Magazine
January 1, 2014
Glorious vision of youth and truth, love and loss, your name is Mud.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
January 1, 2014
An evocative highlight of the American movie year so far.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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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 Thomson
The New Republic
June 12, 2013
For at least three-quarters of the way, this is a fine film, and one that kids and parents could see together.
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Adam Nayman
Globe and Mail
May 17, 2013
There is an enchanted-fairy-tale aspect to Mud, but its bright, calm surface only barely disguises a strong, churning undercurrent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Toronto Star
May 16, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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David Denby
New Yorker
May 6, 2013
Nichols has a strong feeling for the tactility of natural elements-water, wood, terrain, weather.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
May 3, 2013
Nichols takes his time with the story, dwelling on how the boy is shaped by the killer's tragic sense of romance, yet the suspense holds.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
April 26, 2013
"Mud" isn't just a movie. It's the firm confirmation of a career.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Adam Graham
Detroit News
April 26, 2013
"Mud" unfolds at its own pace, revealing its story in slivers. The performances are outstanding, especially from Sheridan, who plays tough, sweet, vulnerable and confused with equal conviction.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
April 26, 2013
The film is drenched in the humidity and salty air of a Delta summer, often recalling the musical, aphoristic cadences of Sam Shepard, who happens to appear in a supporting role.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
April 26, 2013
A wonderful, piquant modern-day variation on "Huckleberry Finn.''
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
April 25, 2013
One of the most creatively rich and emotionally rewarding movies to come along this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
April 25, 2013
It's a movie that holds out hope for the movies' future.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
April 25, 2013
Mr. Nichols's voice is a distinctive and welcome presence in American film.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
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John Anderson
Newsday
April 25, 2013
Nichols' wild narrative tributaries all eventually intersect, and at no time does he let one's attention stall.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
April 25, 2013
What you do need to know is that the acting is top-tier all the way. McConaughey, on a career roll, is magnificent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Cary Darling
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
April 25, 2013
Mud has the feel of a novel ... that's rooted deep in American soil. Yet it was written specifically for the screen by [Jeff] Nichols, who has conjured up a coming-of-age story set in the South that doesn't resort to using caricatures and cliches.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
April 25, 2013
Nichols lovingly sketches his characters and their world; he takes his time doing so, but it's a pleasure to watch the small interactions and the humid reality of secret coves and Piggly Wiggly supermarkets and seedy hotels.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 25, 2013
Writer/director Jeff Nichols creates richly realized characters in a tale that moves like a cottonmouth viper, advancing slowly until it strikes with sudden violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
April 25, 2013
With "Mud," Jeff Nichols announces his intention to do it all. He just may yet.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 25, 2013
Mud is steeped in a sense of place, and the people inhabiting it. Southern. Superstitious. Suspenseful. Sublime.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
April 25, 2013
Mud is a lyrical coming-of-age tale that feels like a Mark Twain story in a contemporary setting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 25, 2013
McConaughey brings to the film a heartfelt and beautifully realized angst. And Witherspoon is excellent as a woman who can't help being who she is, regardless of any pain that may cause.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
April 25, 2013
Once writer and director Jeff Nichols' film about love, lies and loss gets going, it never really stops.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Mike D'Angelo
AV Club
April 25, 2013
Nichols has concocted something ... along the lines of a ripping yarn, with fairly conventional story beats built upon a sturdy, familiar coming-of-age template.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Jim Emerson
Chicago Sun-Times
April 25, 2013
[Nichols] has a rare ability to root his archetypal Southern fables in rich observational detail. They remain tangibly specific but take on the larger resonances of folklore.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
April 25, 2013
The film's guilelessness in stoking classic themes, folklore and paradigms in American culture would be absurdly self-conscious if Nichols didn't have such an original voice as a storyteller.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
April 25, 2013
You come away from Mud fondly remembering those two boys, especially Ellis, who has taken his first steps toward adulthood and discovers it suits him just fine.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly
April 24, 2013
There's something old-fashioned about Mud, but if you allow yourself to settle into its leisurely pace, it will reward you.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 24, 2013
A modern-day homage to the settings and characters popularized in some of Twain's best loved works.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
April 23, 2013
McConaughey, of course, is excellent.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
April 22, 2013
It's hard to believe Nichols thinks he can get away with all this and harder still to believe he does.
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
April 3, 2013
The story of a sympathetic fugitive who forges a bond with two teenage boys near a mighty river down south, Mud is shot through with traditional qualities of American literature and drama.
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William Goss
Film.com
January 28, 2013
The most immediately involving film that I've seen in a good long while.
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Guy Lodge
Time Out
May 31, 2012
There's an argument to be made that there's a calculated degree of cliché to this sweet, Southern-fried fairytale, that Nichols is paying tribute here to his more mainstream inspirations.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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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.
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Peter Debruge
Variety
May 26, 2012
Confidently expanding his inquiry into the essence of American masculinity, Nichols' latest pressure-cooker pastoral conjures a wily figure of endangered Southern chivalry.