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Mystic River Reviews

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October 9, 2003
Where Lehane's novel seethes with emotionally charged subtext, Eastwood's workmanlike direction feels static -- fatally tasteful, embalmed in gravitas -- while his sporadic efforts at dramatic heightening come off as vulgar cliché.
October 8, 2003
It wants to be a big, serious movie. It has big, serious star power and big, serious themes. There are moments of power and flickers of meaning but it is ultimately hollow and unsatisfying.
Read More | Original Score: C
October 24, 2003
Too depressing to fill audiences with delight, but it does seem to validate questionable attitudes, especially an indifference to the suffering of innocent people and a willingness to shoot first and ask questions later.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 9, 2003
'Mystic River' is an ambitious failure but it is, ultimately, a failure. It is a shame because there are a lot of little things that I liked about it even as the big things never quite added up.
October 9, 2003
Up the Mystic River without a paddle is how I felt about halfway into this soggy Eastwood-meets-melodrama mess of a movie.
October 2, 2003
And I take a page from Ann Miller and say it's all a load of horse-puckey.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
October 7, 2003
Slowly trudges through the motions of a tired whodunit, saving its dramatic juices for a blowout finale that never comes.
| Original Score: 2/5
October 2, 2003
Plodding, emotionally inert, overlong, badly framed, inappropriately scored and polluted with an ensemble who try to outdo each other with bad performances.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
February 5, 2004
Eastwood encourages Penn to overact, and Penn Method-ically responds with the enthusiasm of the amateur talents in Waiting for Guffman.
October 3, 2003
After many meticulously drawn connections, it's a disappointment to see most of our two-plus hours of careful attention thrown away.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 7, 2003
Despite the faultless execution, this ultimately unedifying story of pointless murder is ... hopelessly contrived.
| Original Score: 2/5
October 19, 2003
Deeply serious, sombre, long and humourless, it reeks of integrity. Eastwood's best since Unforgiven? Maybe, but it's the one I'd least like to sit through again.
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
October 9, 2003
A melodramatic murder-mystery that is as uneven as its outcome is anticlimactic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 10, 2003
There is a solid story here, but it's weakened by heavy-handed dialogue, strained symbolism and subplots that don't got anywhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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October 10, 2003
Despite all involved, Mystic River never quite equals the sum of its parts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
October 8, 2003
There's no emotional connection to the characters. This is cookie cutter anguish meant to manipulate the gullible into believing that they're watching something meaningful.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
October 19, 2003
An apprehensive cross between an elegiac tone poem of loss, an ever-twisting murder mystery, and a character study revolving around the regret of lost innocence, Mystic River tries to be all of these things and ends up falling short on all counts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 6, 2003
The performances are all good. However, the film experiences one coincidence after the other, manipulating its audiences rather heavy-handedly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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