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The Mudge Boy Reviews

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Top Critic
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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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
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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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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Matt Weitz
Dallas Morning News
July 22, 2004
Condescending tone ... contrivance ... and cliché.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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+
Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine
April 27, 2003
Pitch-perfect performances and eloquent cinematography together create a richly textured portrait.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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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
Eric D. Snider
February 12, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Christopher Null
July 21, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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Jan Stuart
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
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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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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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
May 7, 2004
Hirsch ... gives a brave, affecting performance.
| Original Score: 3/4
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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.
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
March 27, 2005
Tender, touching and tragic ... it's also rewarding and redemptive.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Merle Bertrand
Film Threat
February 12, 2003
A film that's every bit as odd, unique, and unnerving as its title character.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter
January 20, 2004
It is both piercingly insightful and kindhearted.
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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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Rex Reed
New York Observer
May 6, 2004
As courageous as it is profound.
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