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Based on 8 Reviews
critic reviews (8)
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  • 90
    The Hollywood Reporter

    A grand story of redemption, laced with barbecued wit and slopped with intrigue, Chrystal is a high heaping of brilliant storytelling. show more

  • 75
    Lawrence Toppman Charlotte Observer

    One of those movies that sticks to your mind like a briar to wool slacks. It has no revelations, no high drama, no heartbreaking tragedy. What it does have is bone-deep honesty, and that's enough for once. show more

  • 60
    Film Threat

    Dark and quiet is the tone from start to finish. show more

  • 67
    Marrit Ingman Austin Chronicle

    Even at its most contrived, the filmmakers believe in this project so passionately that its atmosphere seems absolutely real. show more

  • 70
    Kevin Crust Los Angeles Times

    Chrystal unravels a bit toward the end as it becomes more fable-like, but the performances make it worthwhile. show more

  • 70
    Todd McCarthy Variety

    Respectable piece of work is reasonably involving if not compelling. show more

  • 60
    Scott Foundas L.A. Weekly

    McKinnon's direction is nothing if not atmospheric -- his best scenes unfold with a pungent languor that suggests the power of the backwoods to turn hours into days and days into years. If only the sum total were a movie more "In the Bedroom" than it is everything-but-the-kitchen-sink. show more

  • 60
    Noel Murray The A.V. Club

    If the people in Chrystal are intended to be authentic, why do none of them look like they've ever seen the inside of a Wal-Mart? show more

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