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Mudbound (2017)



Critic Consensus: 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 (178) | Top Critics (34)

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

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

November 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.

November 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.

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

November 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.

November 19, 2017 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Mudbound


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 Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


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.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer


The incredibly good word about Mudbound is what piqued my interest, as it usually does... and I'm so glad I decided to look into it. Set in the rural south before, during, and after World War II, Mudbound follows two families; one black and one white, both of whom send a young member of each respective family off to fight in the war. When they return, they're changed men. Despite their differences in color and social status, the two hit it off and bond over the same struggles they endured during their time away from home. The two boys are played by Garrett Hedlund and Jason Mitchell, both who turn in knockout performances. Other members of the families are played by a wide cast of consistently great performances including Carey Mulligan, Jonathan Banks, Jason Clarke, and Mary J. Blige. The humanity and genuine qualities of these characters make it impossible not to be invested in them, and the ending is simply glorious. It was produced by Netflix, who is rapidly proving themselves to be a force to be reckoned with throughout the film industry. Mudbound has everything going for it: story, directing, acting, and cinematography. It's one of the most complete packages of 2017 and will surely make an appearance at the Oscars.

Kevin Mozulay
Kevin Mozulay

Super Reviewer

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