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Reviews: Mud (2013)

mudReviews for this film from our members:

  • Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]
    • Excerpt: Più riuscito e misterioso nella prima parte, nella seconda Nichols vuole dare una risposta a tutti personaggi, chiudendo il cerchio con sin troppa perfezione ed offrendo a tutti un nuovo inizio, come nella migliore tradizione del sogno americano.
  • [New – 4/3/14] | Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan
  • Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: This is a moving, earnest picture, told with the vividness of a cherished memory.
  • Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy
    • Excerpt: Up till just past the three-quarter mark, Mud is one heck of a nifty psychological fable.
  • Joshua Brunsting @ The CriterionCast
  • Bob Cashill @
    • Excerpt: Review of Jeff Nichols’ latest film.
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: a deceptively slow-building film. Like its author’s views on women and men, it is full of both hard life lessons and the magical from the very beginning.
  • Edwin Davies @ A Mighty Fine Blog
    • Excerpt: Even though it is undeniably a modern film with a contemporary setting, there’s a timelessness to Mud that is rare and special. Strongly reminiscent of the works of Mark Twain and Charles Dickens – with McConaughey as a sort of chiseled Magwitch – it feels like the latest addition to a long and illustrious tradition of stories about young men going on an adventure, only to be rudely ushered into adulthood along the way.
  • Carlos del Río @ El rincón de Carlos del Río [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Jeff Nichols se mete a contarnos una historia con mucho encanto de un chico en el sur de Estados Unidos. A mí aunque me gusta, me parece que el guión tiene problemas de ritmo y unos personajes femeninos muy malos.
  • Clark Douglas @ DVD Verdict
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: Nichols’ observant and ultimately compassionate screenplay starts by taking sides, only to grow in understanding along with Ellis’ maturation.
  • João Marcos Flores @ Cineviews
  • Dustin Freeley @ Movies About
  • Susan Granger @
    • Excerpt: Engaging, endearing adventure, tracing its heart-warming antecedents to Mark Twain’s “Huckleberry Finn”
  • Oktay Ege Kozak @ Oregon Herald
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @
  • Peter Martin @ Twitch
    • Excerpt: The new film from Jeff Nichols features Matthew Conaughey as a mysterious stranger who enters the lives of two teenage boys on the verge of adulthood. But it’s really about America.
  • Ryan McNeil @ The Matinee
    • Excerpt: The creator of TAKE SHELTER is back, and once again he’s out to ask us to examine what we believe…and who we believe in.
  • Scott Nye @ CriterionCast
    • Excerpt: Jeff Nichols can’t find in his direction the tone so apparently rich in his screenplay. On the one hand, it’s a great example that a simple “illustrated text” a film does not make, but more dishearteningly, we’re left with a film unable to satisfy its considerable potential.
  • Frank Ochieng @ SFcrowsnest
    • Excerpt: Impeccably whimsical, observational, moody and soul-searching, writer-director Jeff Nichols’s downhome drama ‘Mud’ slings its share of southern charm and tension as it presents a different kind of coming-of-age tale that radiates with absolute certainty.
  • Jonathan Richards @
    • Excerpt: Jeff Nichols’s Mud is a coming-of-age story that owes a debt to a lot of other stories, from that Mark Twain classic to Dickens’s Great Expectations (in which a boy meets an escaped convict on a desolate moor, and does him a kindness.)
  • Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
    • Excerpt: One of the best American films in recent memory
  • Diego Salgado @ Miradas de Cine [Spanish]
  • Tom Santilli @
    • Excerpt: With a name like Mud, it may be easy to miss. But miss Mud, and you’ll be missing one of the best films to come out of the first half of 2013.
  • Cole Smithey @
    • Excerpt: Benefiting from a cast that includes Matthew McConaughey, Sam Shepherd, and Michael Shannon, “Mud” is an engaging coming-of-age tale whose gaping plot holes barely matter.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: At once ode to a vanishing way of life and homage to the Mississippi River masterworks of Mark Twain, this beaitifully realized picture is easily one of the year’s best thus far.
  • Sam Turner @ Film Intel
    • Excerpt: ‘Nichols’ collection of damaged, meandering characters, have the feel of a group of people who need stories not just to live life, but to exist’
  • Andrew Wyatt @ Look / Listen (St. Louis Magazine)
    • Excerpt: While Mud is Nichols’ most straightforward and conventional feature to date, there’s an undeniable pleasure in seeing a bravura filmmaker and an outstanding cast deliver a gripping coming-of-age tale that oozes Southern Gothic atmosphere from every pore.
Updated: July 30, 2015 — 9:31 pm

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