Mystic River

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Anchored by the exceptional acting of its strong cast, Mystic River is a somber drama that unfolds in layers and conveys the tragedy of its story with visceral power.

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When the daughter (Emmy Rossum) of ex-con Jimmy Marcus (Sean Penn) is murdered, two of his childhood friends from the neighborhood are involved. Dave (Tim Robbins), a blue-collar worker, was the last person to see her alive, while Sean (Kevin Bacon), a homicide detective, is heading up the case. As Sean proceeds with his investigation, Jimmy conducts one of his own through neighborhood contacts. Eventually, Jimmy suspects Dave is the culprit and considers taking the law into his own hands.

Cast & Crew

Sean Penn
Jimmy Markum
Tim Robbins
Dave Boyle
Kevin Bacon
Sean Devine
Laura Linney
Annabeth Markum
Tom Guiry
Brendan Harris
Emmy Rossum
Katie Markum
Spencer Treat Clark
Silent Ray Harris
Bruce Berman
Executive Producer
Brian Helgeland
Screenwriter
Dennis Lehane
Writer (Novel)
Tom Stern
Director of Photography
Henry Bumstead
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Critic Reviews for Mystic River

All Critics (206) | Top Critics (49) | Fresh (181) | Rotten (25)

  • Eastwood and his actors create a brooding drama whose events and interrelationships seem surreally improbable yet painfully authentic.

    November 12, 2018 | Full Review…
  • It is a film of magisterial, slow-burning power, one of the finest examples of recent American cinematic storytelling and certainly Eastwood's most mature film.

    January 11, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Violence and revenge have been a staple of Eastwood's work from the beginning, but here he explores his subject from a new, more ambiguous angle, with no regard for macho titillation.

    July 7, 2010 | Full Review…

    David Ansen

    Newsweek
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  • It is in many ways Eastwood's tightest movie for some time, and certainly his darkest since Unforgiven; indeed, the ending offers as corrosive an assessment of the limits of American justice as anything in his career.

    June 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
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  • Sean Penn is so frighteningly good in this movie that he outdoes even the best of his earlier work.

    August 7, 2004
  • The unfashionably slow editing style and the concentration on close-ups and two-shots allow Eastwood to scrutinise his characters as they are forced to dig into themselves.

    January 15, 2004 | Full Review…

    Philip French

    Guardian
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Audience Reviews for Mystic River

  • Apr 30, 2018
    1/05/2018 - An amazing crime drama.
    Peter B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 03, 2015
    Clint Eastwood gave us yet another haunting drama about trust and friendship between 3 men in a small Irish town. A lovely yet tragic drama that leaves you thinking. All three veteran actors delivered masterful acting, the serene setting and the close up shots really makes the film all the more beautiful. While it is good, I thought it may have been a bit overrated, the story itself isn't that inventive. But nonetheless, the performance deserved recognition.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Mar 11, 2014
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  • Aug 06, 2012
    Wasn't really interested in this one at first...I honestly just watched it because I was bored. However, I was pleasantly surprised with this film. It has a good storyline, an excellent and unusual setup (the kidnapping), a really cool jarring plot twist in the middle, and an interesting ending that sets up a potential sequel (they never made a film sequel, but perhaps there's a book sequel, I don't know). The cast of this film is excellent, especially Penn and Bacon. Robbins is good too, as a deeply confused man with a tragic childhood past; Fishburne is also good, as ever. Dramas aren't really my forte', but I definitely found this film entertaining, even though I'm not a fan of the genre.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer

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