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Based on 31 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 100
    Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle

    One of very few films to accurately portray the experience of growing up male. show more

  • 63
    Mike Clark USA Today

    A promising debut by young writer/director Jacob Estes, this story of a botched revenge plot still isn't likely to break out even in multiplex August dog days. show more

  • 40
    Wall Street Journal

    As in most movies of this sort from "Rebel Without a Cause" to "West Side Story" to last year's "Thirteen," adults are marginalized, clueless or absent. I'm with them. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Has a jumpy, reality-TV kind of feel that adds to the story's sense of unsettling authenticity. show more

  • 75
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    A welcome departure from typical movies about teens, wherein their problems are external (the prom, status). Mean Creek is an adult movie that just happens to star young actors. show more

  • 90
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Intelligent, universal tale. show more

  • 88
    Janice Page Boston Globe

    Adults should find its simmering drama at least as compelling as teens will, even if parental figures are only slightly more present here than in a " Peanuts" comic strip. show more

  • 88
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    By entering such fertile, intellectually stimulating and psychologically rich territory, Estes provides us with a freshman feature that is far beyond the generic coming-of-age tale Mean Creek initially seems to be. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The final act of the film is extraordinary. How unusual it is to see kids this age in the movies seriously debating moral rights and wrongs and considering the consequences of their actions. show more

  • 75
    Robert K. Elder Chicago Tribune

    If Estes' future efforts can offer us such potent, character-centered Molotov cocktails, Mean Creek may well signal the rise of America's next auteur director. show more

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