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Mystic River Reviews

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Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
June 22, 2004
Eastwood's best since Unforgiven.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
May 25, 2004
Mystic River explores the quirks of fate that make us who and what we are.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Austin O'Connor
Lowell Sun
February 28, 2004
[R]uns deep with sadness...
Full Review| Original Score: 4/4
February 24, 2004
It's not the masterpiece people have been claiming, but Eastwood does set up a gripping moody atmosphere and get some fine performances out of his actors.
| Original Score: 3/4
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt
February 9, 2004
A tale of tragic misinterpretation, Mystic River requires deep focus into the multiple tortured souls to fully be harnessed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
February 9, 2004
Some of the most powerful performances of 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
February 5, 2004
Eastwood encourages Penn to overact, and Penn Method-ically responds with the enthusiasm of the amateur talents in Waiting for Guffman.
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
February 3, 2004
This is the kind of film that slowly gets under your skin, drawing you more intimately into the sad existence of the characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
James Verniere
Boston Herald
February 2, 2004
Not since The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973) has a Boston-set film so beautifully, if that's the word, captured Boston's unquiet ghosts -- the irresistible, violent urges that haunt it, and every neighborhood like it across America, every day.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Mike Sage
Peterborough This Week
January 17, 2004
Less a taut whodunit than a dreary who-cares-it, Mystic River is muddy-swamp-slow and about as appealing to look at
Full Review| Original Score: 2/5
Philip French
Guardian
January 15, 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.
Jason Anderson
eye WEEKLY
January 15, 2004
While it may not be the masterpiece that some claim, it does have the heft and texture of a major work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
December 31, 2003
Let's make it simple. Mystic River is the great Hollywood studio film released this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
December 9, 2003
A grande tragédia do filme é que nenhuma daquelas pessoas é fundamentalmente má; elas apenas tomam decisões erradas que geram uma série de mudanças tristes em suas vidas.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
November 23, 2003
Robbins and Penn in particular give simply fantastic performances that defy description - it is the kind of work you have to just sit back and feel.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Mark Palermo
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
November 22, 2003
Fiction doesn't survive on believability alone. The unilluminating Mystic River offers depression without insight; drama without purpose.
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
November 14, 2003
Works as a straight-up detective story, and the acting is often breathtaking.
| Original Score: 4/5
Harry Guerin
RTÉ (Ireland)
November 14, 2003
It's a film worth queuing for - and you haven't been able to say that about anything with Clint's name on it in quite a while.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
November 13, 2003
Mystic River draws its power from the shadow murder throws over everyday life.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
David N. Butterworth
Movie Boeuf
November 13, 2003
When a murder mystery stars Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, and Kevin Bacon you're gonna have a hard time picking the killer. Eastwood directs without a trace of showiness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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