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Mudbound Reviews

Top Critic
November 27, 2017
Rees has a firm hand and a clear vision that gives Mudbound a balanced coherence that keeps you involved.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 27, 2017
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 22, 2017
"Mudbound" sometimes falls prey to the obvious. Still, the performances convey a persuasive subtlety that the script itself doesn't always possess.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 20, 2017
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 19, 2017
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 19, 2017
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 17, 2017
Blige, the queen of hip-hop and soul, is virtually unrecognizable, but her underplaying in no way negates her force. It's a self-contained force that she possesses here, and she knows when to loosen the bonds.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 17, 2017
Mudbound is the work of a filmmaker whose vision is uninhibited. Even when it falters through later narrative twists that become almost too much to bear, it's a captivating experience-one that we're lucky exists.
Top Critic
November 16, 2017
The movie harvests so much new feeling from its tragic images of life and death in the Mississippi Delta that Rees' name belongs on any list of the year's best directors.
November 16, 2017
Rees always finds balancing notes here - of humanity, passion and true love. It's a tale as messy as its muddy fields, and it's a must-watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 16, 2017
Redemption and hope eventually shine through here and there, and when that happens, it's a beautiful thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 16, 2017
Rees isn't content simply to diagnose a punishing, self-perpetuating cycle: This is a film buoyed by humanism that feels chastening, liberating and healing, all at the same time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 16, 2017
We've seen stories like this one before on screen, but what's new, and arresting, about "Mudbound" is how easily and persuasively director Rees moves between these families.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 16, 2017
Dee Rees's story of one black and one white family struggling in the WW II-era South is a fiercely intimate epic that couldn't be more timely. Mary J. Blige should be on every Oscar list for best supporting actress.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 16, 2017
It's a work of historical imagination that lands in the present with disquieting, illuminating force.
November 16, 2017
Director Dee Rees masterfully executes her character study, filling the frame with visuals as big and powerful as the emotions she draws from her superb cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 16, 2017
I'm not quite sure how Rees has done it, exactly, but the depth of heartbreak and humanity in this - just her second feature film - is remarkable.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
November 16, 2017
The story's eventual move into brutality is all the more devastating because of well-observed intimacy that preceded it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 15, 2017
Mudbound is beautiful, complex and flawless, regardless of who made it. That it happens to come from a queer black woman is both significant and irrelevant: Brilliance is brilliance, no matter its packaging.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 15, 2017
Mudbound is four-square and unshowy, and you might mistake it for old-fashioned. But the presence of an African-American director behind the camera affects everything in front of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 15, 2017
It's a film about being brutalized, about being diminished, about small sobbing cries in the night. But also, the small desperate hope that somewhere, someone, will hear.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 14, 2017
Despite its often brutal realism, Mudbound isn't masochistic; it leaves room for hope, and argues fiercely for love.
November 13, 2017
Rees uses voice-overs to bring the many characters to life, but the text is thin; the movie's exposition is needlessly slow and stepwise, and the drama, though affecting, is literal and oversimplified.
October 5, 2017
The poverty on the farm is visceral. No matter what stations in life these characters hold, they are painted in mud, and no amount of money can save them from it.
February 22, 2017
Mudbound (remember that title!) is a handsomely made, urgently relevant drama... unfolding with both a Faulkner-like lyricism and a cutting contemporary resonance.
January 30, 2017
Rees's magic touch as a filmmaker ... is powered by her ability to break her characters open one by one and reveal their souls.
January 25, 2017
A sprawling, ambitious drama, filled with multiple character viewpoints and arcs, and yet always so confidently conveyed that one never loses the humanity at its core.
January 25, 2017
While Mudbound is rooted in a precise historical moment, it's also a sobering commentary on timeless struggles.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
January 25, 2017
Its vision of a world where class, cowardice, and extremism circumscribe our common humanity is devastating.
January 23, 2017
An ambitious, superbly acted epic of racial discord ...
Top Critic
January 23, 2017
If the film is novelistic in its sprawl, maybe sometimes to a fault, it's written in poetry as well as prose.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
January 22, 2017
A hymn to what we all share - the human struggle, the mutual desire to succeed and create a better world for our children - and it is a damning indictment of those who stand in the way of such progress.
January 22, 2017
This densely textured, populous narrative ... is given novelistic room to breathe and a slow-burn intensity that builds to a shattering conclusion.
January 21, 2017
Its powerful moments are too often swamped by melodrama that undercuts the director's skills as a storyteller.