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Mudbound offers a well-acted, finely detailed snapshot of American history whose scenes of rural class struggle resonate far beyond their period setting.



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Set in the rural American South during World War II, Dee Rees' Mudbound is an epic story of two families pitted against one another by a ruthless social hierarchy, yet bound together by the shared farmland of the Mississippi Delta. Mudbound follows the McAllan family, newly transplanted from the quiet civility of Memphis and unprepared for the harsh demands of farming. Despite the grandiose dreams of Henry, his wife Laura struggles to keep the faith in her husband's losing venture. Meanwhile, Hap and Florence Jackson - sharecroppers who have worked the land for generations - struggle bravely to build a small dream of their own despite the rigidly enforced social barriers they face. The war upends both families' plans as their returning loved ones, Jamie McAllan and Ronsel Jackson, forge a fast but uneasy friendship that challenges the brutal realities of the Jim Crow South in which they live.

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Carey Mulligan
as Laura McAllan
Jason Clarke
as Henry McAllan
Mary J. Blige
as Florence Jackson
Rob Morgan
as Hap Jackson
Garrett Hedlund
as Jamie McAllan
Jonathan Banks
as Pappy McAllan

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Critic Reviews for Mudbound

All Critics (185) | Top Critics (38)

  • Rees has a firm hand and a clear vision that gives Mudbound a balanced coherence that keeps you involved.

    Nov 27, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

    Rex Reed

    Top Critic
  • Rees notably avoids the blinkered perspective such traditional stories often have; in doing so, she captures the racism of the period in ways both routine and heartbreaking.

    Nov 27, 2017 | Full Review…
  • "Mudbound" sometimes falls prey to the obvious. Still, the performances convey a persuasive subtlety that the script itself doesn't always possess.

    Nov 22, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Based on Hillary Jordan's novel, Mudbound -- co-adapted on the page by Rees and Virgil Williams -- is emotive but unsentimental: Traversing it feels as authentically gunky as the muddy swamps in which it is set.

    Nov 20, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Anna Smith

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • The movie, like the book, takes a long, hard look at the system of racial inequality that defined this time and place, and reminds viewers of the price to be paid for surrendering to our base instincts.

    Nov 19, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Elevating Netflix's theatrical game, Mudbound is a powerful and absorbing film, one that does a splendid job of preserving its literary voice while painting a densely layered portrait of two families in World War II-era Mississippi.

    Nov 19, 2017 | Full Review…

    Brian Lowry
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Mudbound

  • Mar 18, 2019
    Well-acted and moving story, despite the typical Hollywood clichà (C)s.
    Ed K Super Reviewer
  • Mar 15, 2018
    Despite lacking in enough intensity and the fact that all female characters only seem to be spectators of what happens around them, this is a haunting film that exposes a depressing moment in American history when slavery was in many ways perpetuated long after it was over.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 17, 2018
    This is an example of a great Netflix film. With a superb cast, this tells about racial American division in the World-War II era. It is both emotive and heartfelt whilst also being bitterly tragic.
    Ian W Super Reviewer
  • Jan 06, 2018
    There is some really outstanding acting basically by the entire cast in this racism drama about the bond between a white farmers family and their black worker neighbors. Things never get too sentimental, but rather realistic, keeping a subtle approach to the themes up until the horrible climax of the film. Even after that it doesn't lose its glimpse of hope. A moving and touching film that has some important points to make, even about today.
    Jens S Super Reviewer

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