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The Mudge Boy Reviews

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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-
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
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
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
July 22, 2004
Condescending tone ... contrivance ... and cliché.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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+
April 27, 2003
Pitch-perfect performances and eloquent cinematography together create a richly textured portrait.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 25, 2004
The Mudge Boy is odd and intense, very well acted, and impossible to dismiss.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 12, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: B-
July 21, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
Read More | 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
May 13, 2004
It's not an easy film to watch, but it is a memorable one.
May 7, 2004
Hirsch ... gives a brave, affecting performance.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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.
March 27, 2005
Tender, touching and tragic ... it's also rewarding and redemptive.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
January 20, 2004
It is both piercingly insightful and kindhearted.
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.
May 6, 2004
As courageous as it is profound.
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