Mute Reviews

March 28, 2018
Worth checking out once you've seen Netflix's Annihilation, but before you get into Altered Carbon.
March 9, 2018
As a production project it was, apparently, stuck in "development hell" for more than a decade. Sometimes projects are stuck in development hell for a reason.
March 2, 2018
Mute is pretty meh but gets points for randomness.
February 23, 2018
But it's never a great sign when your lead is upstaged by the supporting players, and for all its good looks, "Mute" ultimately doesn't have a whole lot to say.
February 23, 2018
[Paul] Rudd and [Justin] Theroux do their best to have fun, but the movie's miserable tone is actively competing against them at every turn.
February 23, 2018
Jones is clearly striving to develop something fresh out of well-trodden material, and Mute at least exhumes Jones' stature as a notable auteur.
February 23, 2018
Mute is more interesting as a bullet-point list of absurdities than as a two-hour film. Yet, Jones continues to have my attention.
February 23, 2018
A mishmash of ideas in search of a movie.
February 23, 2018
Early trailers made it look like a neon-noir cross between Blade Runner and The Fifth Element. Sadly, it's just another airless dud in red packaging.
Top Critic
February 23, 2018
It's like watching a magician spend several minutes on elaborate flourishes and then drawing your card from a deck of one.
February 23, 2018
With an insipid script, no narrative line, and a cast of unlikable characters, Mute has to get by on looks-neon Cold War hand-me-downs with all the workmanship of journeyman TV.
February 23, 2018
The narrative doesn't quite coalesce, and except for a few late-in-the-proceedings moments, it doesn't deliver the grim, indelible shivers of the best noir.
Top Critic
February 23, 2018
Mute may be a bigger vision than Moon and Source Code, but it's narrower where it counts.
February 23, 2018
Jones reportedly conceived of the film years ago. However, as the story evolved and took on more emotional themes he never found the right balance between the sentimental and the hard-boiled.
February 23, 2018
Skårsgard simply occupies space onscreen. If acting is music, he is noise, a series of vaguely related sounds.
February 23, 2018
Mute possesses so little sense of style, of directorial muscularity, that it fizzles out long before its 125 minutes are up.
February 23, 2018
What is Jones trying to say with "Mute"? One would hardly guess this over-congested generic exercise came from the same mind as the elegant, almost minimalistic "Moon," which made far better use of all that went unsaid.
February 23, 2018
Its arrival on Netflix this weekend suggests that the content-ravenous streaming service add a new category alongside "Trending Now" and "See It Again": "Because You Literally Have Nothing Else To Watch."