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Mystic River Reviews

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February 2, 2018
One of its best qualities is that it's dark but not depressing.
January 10, 2018
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 4, 2018
Eastwood tells the story simply, barely moving the camera. The only special effect in this film is genius.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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.
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
December 26, 2010
Powerful performances in graphic story. Only 16+.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 7, 2010
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.
June 13, 2009
American drama doesn't get any more meaty and muscular than this.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
August 25, 2008
The performances are uniformly superb.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
August 5, 2007
Good, occasionally powerful noir that's been overhyped.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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
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
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
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.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
June 21, 2005
This is one of the finer dramas to come down the pike in some time.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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
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
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-
October 16, 2004
Penn and Robbins, especially, are absolutely riveting in this haunting tale of lives lost.
Full ReviewRead More | Original Score: A
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