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The Town Reviews

October 12, 2010
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.
September 24, 2010
Affleck, often underrated as an actor, fits effortlessly into this milieu.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 22, 2010
Feels all but indistinguishable from the thousands of similar films that have blazed a trail before it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 21, 2010
As a director, Affleck now has two home runs in two at-bats. This is one of the best movies of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
September 17, 2010
An autopsy for The Town would list multiple causes of death.
September 17, 2010
Affleck's direction is clipped when the plot requires, but he lingers on character-driven scenes (at a garden, a restaurant, a corner) in no apparent rush. Why hurry, after all? He's arrived.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 17, 2010
Essential viewing for connoisseurs of dropped r's, close-cropped hair and aerial views of the city that used to call itself the hub of the universe.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
September 17, 2010
A deliberately old-fashioned melodrama that echoes the pulpy mix of violence and romanticism of gangster films of the Thirties and Forties.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 17, 2010
A gritty, well-made heist flick weighed down by obvious story progression.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
September 17, 2010
Ben Affleck's follow-up to his gritty directorial debut, Gone Baby Gone, proves the actor/director/co-writer is here, baby, here to stay.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 17, 2010
The Town doesn't reinvent the wheel. It just does what it does with great conviction and a sky-high level of execution. It also forges ahead with one of the best Hollywood second-act stories in recent memory.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
September 17, 2010
Affleck made a quietly astonishing directorial debut a few years ago with the taut, atmospheric mystery Gone Baby Gone. With The Town, he proves he's no one-hit wonder.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 17, 2010
The Town is an exciting and extremely well acted film.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 17, 2010
Affleck's smooth, elegant directorial style is strong reminiscent of Clint Eastwood's: He takes his time establishing characters who are far more complex than they initially appear, then thrusts them into moral dilemmas with no easy outs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 17, 2010
Ben Affleck works both sides of the camera to impressive effect in The Town, a dramatic thriller that fulfills its considerable ambitions.
September 17, 2010
Though the narrative is a conventional one, the well-acted, suspenseful story deals in fascinatingly murky morality and mines intriguing material from a historic and complex city.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 17, 2010
A solid two-hour ride that proves Ben Affleck has a bright directorial career ahead of him.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 16, 2010
The Town digs a little deeper under its genre conventions and character commonplaces to work its way to being a very satisfying and unexpectedly moving experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 16, 2010
With a crisp, clear style and a focus on character, director Ben Affleck is able to imbue staple action scenes with a sense of urgency and tension.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 16, 2010
Behind the jangly car chases and the procedural action in The Town lurks a doomed, beautifully acted romance -- and a still-young filmmaker, already at the top of his game.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 16, 2010
This second feature doesn't resonate with nearly as much power, but its suspenseful story of two generations of career criminals in the city's northerly Charlestown neighborhood has a similarly haunting quality.
September 16, 2010
Ben Affleck has a good brain for filmmaking -- he's clearly a smart and avid student of the medium -- but the elements that make his second outing as a director, The Town, such an enjoyable and exciting movie have more to do with what's in his heart.
September 16, 2010
Ben Affleck has managed to sidestep the curse that can dog a sophomore directing effort with The Town, which is in many ways a superior movie to 2007's Gone Baby Gone.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 16, 2010
The Town marks spotty-careered actor Ben Affleck's second time directing -- and with this deft crime drama, he more than proves that he deserves to sit behind the camera.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 16, 2010
A fast-paced, character-driven heist movie that combines robberies with romance and solidifies Affleck's reputation as an actor with a genuine gift for directing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 16, 2010
As an action movie, The Town is good. But as a moody character study, it can be mesmerizing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 16, 2010
Affleck works the familiar turf of a cops-and-robbers thriller but populates it with characters who come convincingly, and often creepily, to life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 16, 2010
Because of some sentimental backspin, Affleck doesn't quite hit it out of the park, but he may provoke the green monster of envy in lesser directors.
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September 16, 2010
Affleck uses his cast, which also includes a tarted-up Blake Lively as Renner's sister and Affleck's former flame, exceedingly well, especially given that the actors often aren't given much to work with.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
September 16, 2010
Ben Affleck, 38, kicks it up a notch with The Town, a gripping human drama disguised as a blazing heist film that comes on like gangbusters.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 16, 2010
There's a decent movie in The Town, though this adaptation of the Chuck Hogan novel Prince of Thieves stretches out to a misjudged 130 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 16, 2010
Here is a well-made crime procedural, and audiences are likely to enjoy it at that level, but perhaps the mechanics of movie crime got in the way of Affleck's higher ambitions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 15, 2010
It's a measured, strong performance, certainly one of Affleck's best. Perhaps he can credit his director.
September 15, 2010
Affleck also has a way with his actors -- unsurprising, having been one himself for so long and not always getting the credit he deserves -- and he's once again attracted some tremendous talent
September 15, 2010
There's more than a few things off in this tale of a disillusioned professional thief (Affleck, dull), his unlikely inamorata (Hall, wasted) and the determined FBI agent (Hamm, solid) out to apprehend him.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 14, 2010
If Affleck's doing a riff on the sexy, doom-laden antiheroes of '40s film noir, Renner's doing straight-up Cagney, and he's the most watchable thing in the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 14, 2010
It misses on the big emotional gut-punch -- but it's good enough at least that you wish it was better.
September 14, 2010
Affleck the movie director makes you truly, badly want his bunch of ne'er-do-wells to pull off their heists without a scratch, and you can't ask for much more than that.
September 13, 2010
Everyone in The Town shines, even Blake Lively, but it's Chris Cooper as MacRay's imprisoned dad who astounds.
September 10, 2010
A rich, dark, pulpy mess of entanglements that fulfills all the requirements of the genre, and is told with an ease and gusto that make the pulp tasty.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
September 9, 2010
The Town is part of a career turnaround so amazing that he looks like the new Clint Eastwood. Seriously.
September 8, 2010
Steeped in an authentic sense of place, this crime drama is less convincing on the storytelling front.
September 8, 2010
Affleck delivers another potent, serious-minded slice of pulp set on Boston's meanest streets, where loyalty among thieves runs thicker than blood.