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The Mudge Boy Reviews

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Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
March 27, 2005
Tender, touching and tragic ... it's also rewarding and redemptive.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
July 28, 2004
The seriousness is too often undercut by plot turns that are unintentionally risible...Hirsch and Jenkins are certainly the chief reasons to see it.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
July 24, 2004
It may seem like just another movie about a boy and his father and the chicken that comes between them, but there's a heart-touching story underneath all the feathers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Matt Weitz
Dallas Morning News
July 22, 2004
Condescending tone ... contrivance ... and cliché.
Full Review | Original Score: C
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
July 2, 2004
You can hardly fault the details, the resonant silences, the sudden gushers of pent-up feeling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
July 1, 2004
Like a sturdy, well-observed short story, its narrative pieces put together with a plain elegance.
| Original Score: B-
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 25, 2004
The Mudge Boy is odd and intense, very well acted, and impossible to dismiss.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
June 24, 2004
Because the camera so closely follows Duncan -- there's scarcely a scene he's off-frame; his awkwardness is bold and unapologetic -- he sticks close to our sympathies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
June 4, 2004
A little picture -- the names of the entire cast would fit on half a sheet of paper -- but it's more heartfelt than movies with 50 times the budget.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
May 13, 2004
It's not an easy film to watch, but it is a memorable one.
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
May 9, 2004
Unsettling and mildly shocking at times, this is an adolescent tale of the sort one might expect from Flannery O'Connor or Paul Bowles if they were in the business of coming-of-age dramas.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
May 7, 2004
Treads a well-traveled road and needs more than a chicken to be distinctive -- it needs a sense of transcendence, a reason to endure its sadness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
May 7, 2004
Hirsch ... gives a brave, affecting performance.
| Original Score: 3/4

E! Online
May 7, 2004
Though more offbeat than it needs to be, Boy takes an unflinching look at a gentle spirit trapped in a macho, violent world.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
May 6, 2004
This story must have been much more comfortable and rewarding to read on paper than it is to watch on screen.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Dave Kehr
New York Times
May 6, 2004
Cruelty is both the subject and the style of The Mudge Boy, an independent film with surely one of the least commercial titles in film history.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
May 6, 2004
As courageous as it is profound.
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Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
May 6, 2004
Writer-director Michael Burke has been living with these characters for years, having first presented them (with different actors) in the stunning 1998 short Fishbelly White.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
May 6, 2004
But really, what can we make of an oddball farm kid who comforts himself by dressing in his late mama's clothes and likes to pop the head of his live pet chicken into his mouth -- to soothe both himself and the flustered fowl?
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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David Ng
Village Voice
May 4, 2004
The film projects a shy modesty, a virtue largely attributable to Emile Hirsch's unflashy performance as the titular 14-year-old farm boy.
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