The Town

Critics Consensus

Tense, smartly written, and wonderfully cast, The Town proves that Ben Affleck has rediscovered his muse -- and that he's a director to be reckoned with.

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Boston bank robber Doug MacRay (Ben Affleck) falls for a woman his gang had previously taken hostage after feigning a chance meeting with her to ensure that she can't identify them in Affleck's adaptation of author Chuck Hogan's novel Prince of Thieves. The son of a tough Charlestown, MA thief, Doug passed on his chance to walk the straight and narrow in favor of becoming a career bank robber. Not only is Doug's crew one of the most ruthless in Boston, but they're also one of the best; they never leave a trace of evidence, and always make a clean break. Over the years, Doug's fearless partners in crime have become something of a surrogate family to him; Jem (Jeremy Renner), the most dangerous of the bunch, is the closest thing Doug has ever had to a brother. But a divide begins to open between the two career criminals when Jem takes bank manager Claire Keesey (Rebecca Hall) hostage during a particularly tense heist, and the group subsequently discovers that she hails from their own tight-knit suburb. When Jem proposes that the gang make an effort to find out just how much Claire recalls about the crime, Doug fears that his volatile partner may do more harm than good and volunteers himself for the job. Later, Doug turns on the charm while pretending to bump into Claire by chance, and becomes convinced that she doesn't suspect him of being the same man who just robbed her bank. As the feds turn up the heat on the gang, Doug finds himself falling for Claire, and searching desperately for a means of cutting his ties to his criminal past. But with each passing day, Jem grows increasingly suspicious of Doug's true motivations. Now caught between two worlds with no chance of turning back, Doug realizes that his only hope for finding a happy future is to betray the only family he's ever known. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Cast

Ben Affleck
as Doug MacRay
Rebecca Hall
as Claire Keesey
Jon Hamm
as FBI S.A. Adam Frawley
Jeremy Renner
as James Coughlin
Blake Lively
as Krista Coughlin
Slaine Jenkins
as Albert "Gloansy" Magloan
Owen Burke
as Desmond Elden
Titus Welliver
as Dino Ciampa
Pete Postlethwaite
as Fergus "Fergie" Colm
Chris Cooper
as Stephen MacRay
Corena Chase
as Agent Quinlan
Kerri Dunbar
as Henry's Girl
Tony V.
as Vericom Crew Chief
Isaac Bordoy
as Alex Colazzo
Michael Yebba
as Beacon G.I. Joe Driver
Daniel Woods
as BPD Sergeant at Krista's Accident
Jimmy Joe Maher
as Inside Man at Fenway
Mark Berglund
as Young Security Guard
Ralph Boutwell
as Cashcom Guard
Michael Romig
as Cashcom Guard
Michael Malvesti
as Atlantic Truck Courier
Jack Neary
as Arnold Washton
Edward O'Keefe
as Morton Previt
Joe Lawler
as Task Force Agent Conlan
Ben Hanson
as FBI SWAT Team Leader
Brian A. White
as FBI SWAT #1
Richard Caines
as FBI SWAT #2
Frank Garvin
as Police Captain
Danny Ring
as Cop Giving Statement
Gary Galone
as Internal Affairs Officer at Fenway
David Catanzaro
as Fenway Detective
Jeremiah Kissel
as Claire's Lawyer
Malik McMullen
as Plain-Clothed FBI Agent
Charles C. Winchester III
as Gate D Police Officer
Adam J. Husband
as Gate D Police Officer
Danny DeMiller
as Eskimo Story Speaker
Susan Rawlinson
as NA Speaker
Sean Locke
as NA Speaker
Peter Looney
as NA Speaker
Lennin Pena
as Colazzo's Friend
James McKittrick
as Cop Who Looks Away
Ted Arcidi
as Cedar Junction C.O.
Bryan Connolly
as Cedar Junction C.O. Visitors Area
Quan Liang Chen
as Monument Laundry Owner
Alex Winston
as Police Photographer
Michael F. Murphy
as Michael Houlihan
Kimberly Mahoney
as Warren Tavern Waitress
Bobby Curcuro
as Man in Harvard Square
Ginaya Greene
as Krista's Friend
Nicole Page
as Krista's Friend
Georgia Lyman
as Neptune's Waitress
Robert Boyden
as Vericom Employee
Jamie Ghazarian
as Dancer at Foxy Lady
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Critic Reviews for The Town

All Critics (226) | Top Critics (48)

  • As far as a developing directing talent goes, The Town is to Ben Affleck what Pulp Fiction was to Quentin Tarantino. It's that good.

    Oct 22, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • It's better than a simple heist movie and less efficient than a really good one. Affleck has made it about character and place, at the expense of the heist, so it's a film of mixed attractions.

    Oct 13, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Affleck’s sophomore offering contains plenty of pay-offs and a slick narrative structure, easily solidifying his growing reputation as a director with the right stuff for a familiar good time.

    Oct 12, 2010

    Eric Kohn

    indieWire
    Top Critic
  • Affleck, often underrated as an actor, fits effortlessly into this milieu.

    Sep 24, 2010 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • A top notch action flick undone by flashes of ego.

    Sep 24, 2010 | Rating: 3/5
  • Feels all but indistinguishable from the thousands of similar films that have blazed a trail before it.

    Sep 22, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    David Jenkins

    Time Out
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Town

  • Mar 07, 2017
    My biggest concern with The Town is the glorification of robbery. Affleck's performance made me want to puke, the direction was a mess and the story was not engaging at all, I had to watch this in two parts. An overrated garbage really.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Dec 17, 2016
    Equal parts brilliance and boredom - Affleck is clearly a talented director but large stretches of this film go nowhere interesting. The bank heists and shootouts are as well shot as anything from Heat, and there are some terrific performances to compensate for the unfocused storytelling.
    Daniel P Super Reviewer
  • May 08, 2016
    A very good crime thriller, with great direction and performances from all of its leads. The town is definitely worth watching.
    Kameron W Super Reviewer
  • Feb 05, 2016
    Ben Affleck proves to us again that he is a master class director. The Town is a huge thrill ride that brings in great performances by Ben Affleck, Jeremy Renner, Rebecca Hall, Jon Hamm and more. If you like heist films or a great film to watch in general then The Town is for you!
    Mr N Super Reviewer

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