The Mule Reviews
September 17, 2020
Eastwood at his most whimsical, slight and gentle reflections wrapped around a stereotypical Eastwood flick.
August 16, 2020
There's something about The Mule's gently avuncular charm that makes it work, even as it falls over and over into cliché.
July 26, 2020
The script lacks enough basic psychology to transcend the most uninspired of stereotypes, and Eastwood's direction never grants a visual or aural window into Leo's life.
July 13, 2020
The film is actually highly watchable, emotionally satisfying and quite funny at times, which is a welcome shift from a lot of what Eastwood has been dishing out lately.
June 27, 2020
With this film, Eastwood proves, at almost 90 years old, that he can still direct and star in a light criminal drama, without exaggerated gadgets, concise in his approach. [Full review in Spanish]
June 26, 2020
Return to form for Eastwood as director with this moving, eloquent, richly expressive drama.
October 25, 2019
Not unwatchable by any stretch, but could have been so much better in the hands of another filmmaker.
September 12, 2019
I think that there's a sweetness to some of the film... There is a certain self-criticism built into the role as it goes along.
August 17, 2019
Despite a few hiccups in the pacing, The Mule gallops quite gracefully.
July 7, 2019
In this incredible-but-true tale, Clint Eastwood stars as a 90-year-old horticulturalist and deadbeat dad unwittingly recruited as a drug mule for a Mexican cartel.
June 5, 2019
While it does fall into stereotype and is self-indulgent at times (there are two threesome scenes), it's agreeable and earnest throughout, as well as compelling in key moments.
June 3, 2019
[Eastwood has] made a career out of deconstructing American myth-making, and here he's not only subverting very idea of the American dream itself, but his own cinematic style.
May 15, 2019
A terrible portrait of redemption by a director that seems to have lost everything that made him a golden choice decades ago. [Full review in Spanish].
May 4, 2019
So little ultimate freshness presented here that it's difficult to muster much enthusiasm, especially for a film from someone as prolific as [Clint] Eastwood.
April 16, 2019
Eastwood, who began 2018 by directing the worst film of the year (The 15:17 to Paris), ended it with this solid effort that better represents his talents and his strengths.
April 4, 2019
While it might not be his deepest or most substantive work, the film is nevertheless very entertaining, and it offers Eastwood one of his most captivating roles as an actor in a long time.
March 29, 2019
Dianne Wiest's performance as Earl's ex-wife is repetitive and "acted," in the typical male-female dichotomy of Eastwood movies.
March 15, 2019
Eastwood in a farewell that is, at the same time, a beautiful and cruel reunion. [Full Review in Spanish]
March 11, 2019
Avoids... any concession to cheap sentimentality, despite the fact that the story has many dramatic ingredients. [Full review in Spanish]