The Mule Reviews

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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.
January 27, 2019
Watching this movie is like checking the news after popping a Xanax. The world's going to hell in a handcart. But it's all good.
January 25, 2019
It's a winningly soft-hearted tale of a hard-hearted world, though, and one that never takes itself too seriously.
January 23, 2019
It's a watchable movie, loosely based on a true story; there's a nice storytelling swing to it and Eastwood is frankly far more interesting than Robert Redford was in his recent swansong.
January 3, 2019
The Mule thrives in teasing ambiguity...For decades now, Eastwood has been one of the great interrogators of American social mores.
December 21, 2018
This movie is as much a eulogy for a country that Eastwood sees as slowly crumbling as it is for the life Earl chose to lead.
December 21, 2018
It's not a great movie, not by a long shot, but there's great stuff in it from an American filmmaker who is still full of ambition and surprises.
December 16, 2018
A little nuance and it could have gotten there, but Eastwood's already moving on.
December 15, 2018
Tonally, this thing is a disaster, and you can only conclude that its maker, capable of sharp ironies as recently as 2014's American Sniper, didn't fully digest the material.
Top Critic
December 14, 2018
There's nothing heroic about Earl, but in Eastwood's 38th film as a director, he makes the character a felonious centerpiece as likable as anyone could ever imagine.
December 14, 2018
The story at its core deals with matters that have long been Mr. Eastwood's professional, and clearly personal, concern... When the old man finally mans up to his failings, the movie succeeds with special poignancy.
December 14, 2018
There's an interesting movie, or five movies, stashed away somewhere in The Mule. Good luck to those hoping to sniff it out.
December 14, 2018
The Mule repeatedly spells out and hammers home its message about the importance of family, but it ultimately rings hollow.
December 14, 2018
It's the detours on Eastwood's road movie- the stops along the way that show an old man dealing with the dim possibilities of change near the end of his life - that reveal this drug-mule-in-winter drama as a deeply personal reckoning.
December 14, 2018
A spry, funny, moving film that never heads in the direction in which it looks like it's about to head, kind of like its protagonist.
December 13, 2018
An entertaining enough offbeat crime comedy/drama featuring an amazing cast - led by the grizzled, shuffling, mumbling, wisecracking old dog playing the lead.
December 13, 2018
Because the movie never builds to something greater than its parts, Eastwood ends up blowing raspberries and floundering for meaning in a void.
December 13, 2018
A man's restless quest for meaning and connection in an increasingly illogical and divided America.
December 13, 2018
For one thing, though the feeling sneaks up on you, "The Mule" has an unexpected emotional kick.
December 13, 2018
Both tender apologia and vigorous justification, Clint Eastwood's "The Mule" is a deeply, fascinatingly personal meditation from the 88-year-old director who, like his aged drug mule protagonist, has spent a long time on the road.
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