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Mystic River Reviews

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Sean Axmaker
April 15, 2016
There is nothing romantic about the law of the streets, and its unforgiving nature has a finality that can't be undone. Eastwood has an understanding of what it takes to live with yourself, not so much a sympathy as an appreciation.
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
July 21, 2012
The entire cast did a phenomenal job, resisting the urge to overact too much, which is what you get for a film like this.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 26, 2010
Powerful performances in graphic story. Only 16+.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Cole Smithey
June 13, 2009
American drama doesn't get any more meaty and muscular than this.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Rob Gonsalves
August 25, 2008
The performances are uniformly superb.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
August 5, 2007
Good, occasionally powerful noir that's been overhyped.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
Mystic falters occasionally, but I respect its effort and I'm happy to see Mr. Eastwood growing as a director.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Alan Morrison
Empire Magazine
December 30, 2006
While not quite the equal of the novel, it's more complex, emotionally-charged and better acted than the average Hollywood thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
August 8, 2006
With characters that don't belong in the film and resolutions that seem mere fantasy, Mystic River never surpasses adequacy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
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.
KJ Doughton
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
A sprawling story that benefits from Eastwood's stripped-down approach. There are no jive talking Tarantino exchanges here, and no crowd-pleasing pyrotechnics.
| Original Score: 4/5
Bill Clark
June 21, 2005
This is one of the finer dramas to come down the pike in some time.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Jon Lap
Apollo Guide
May 13, 2005
The film births wonderful performances from all three lead actors, as well as Marcia Gay Harden, who's palpable in preternatural ways, Thomas Guiry as the boy in love with Jimmy's daughter, and virtually everyone else with a strip of film time.
Full Review | Original Score: 84/100
Ethan Alter
NYC Film Critic
March 5, 2005
It's a stately, handsome-looking studio drama that, for me, never really became emotionally or intellectually involving.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
January 15, 2005
... frustratingly humorless, harsh, and hollow, lacking the cohesiveness, color and convincing characterization of Eastwood's masterpiece Unforgiven.
Read More | Original Score: B-
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 16, 2004
Penn and Robbins, especially, are absolutely riveting in this haunting tale of lives lost.
Full ReviewRead More | Original Score: A
Tony Medley
October 7, 2004
This is an involving movie that held my interest for all but the last five of its 137-minute running time, despite an ending that seems to tolerate murder and vigilante justice.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Mark Sells
Oregon Herald
August 13, 2004
Methodical, riveting and emotionally charged.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 7, 2004
Sean Penn is so frighteningly good in this movie that he outdoes even the best of his earlier work.
Mark Robison
Reno Gazette-Journal
June 24, 2004
A fine movie but not the masterpiece you've heard.
| Original Score: B+
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