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Based on 35 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 33 )
  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    In the hands of Nichols, Mud emerges as a thing of bruised beauty. There's magic in it. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Endearing and believable, the two actors playing Ellis and Neckbone are pitch-perfect. show more

  • 100
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Jeff Nichols's third feature traffics unerringly in truth, delicious surprise, unadorned beauty and unforced wisdom. show more

  • 100
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Mud is steeped in a sense of place, and the people inhabiting it. Southern. Superstitious. Suspenseful. Sublime. show more

  • 40
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Stripped of his former pretty-boy image, the Texas-born actor is snarly and gnarled, and understands what Nichols is aiming for. That’s crucial, as Mud needs something to stick to. show more

  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Jeff Nichols’ much-anticipated follow-up to his breakthrough second feature Take Shelter feels less adventurous and unsettling but remains a well carpentered piece of work marked by some fine performances and resilient thematic fiber. show more

  • 88
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Mud runs over two hours, climaxing with a shootout that belongs in a different movie. It’s a rare misstep in an art-house movie that will pull mainstream audiences along as inexorably as the Mississippi River. Go see it. show more

  • 88
    Calvin Wilson St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    A provocative mood piece. Nichols, who had an art-house hit in 2011 with “Take Shelter,” has a gift for creating characters of unusual depth, and for eliciting performances of emotional resonance. With Mud, he seems to be edging closer to the mainstream, but his skills are as sharp as ever. show more

  • 75
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    You come away from Mud fondly remembering those two boys, especially Ellis, who has taken his first steps toward adulthood and discovers it suits him just fine. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Reese Witherspoon's unglamorous, understated supporting work recalls the kinds of films she made before becoming a movie star. Other recognizable faces include Sam Shepard, Joe Don Baker, Michael Shannon, and Sarah Paulson. show more

  • March 20, 2014 FRETTA GAY
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    OUTSTANDING.. what a treat !! after all the biood, guts shooting cursing movies that are out there now. "GREAT JOB" This movie is rated right next to "Sling Blade&*********** this movie AWESOME

  • August 26, 2013 Sir Raymond
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    An above average movie, very well acted, with a story that holds your attention. Well worth the time.

  • August 10, 2013 Tyler Grim
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    super good story

  • August 08, 2013 jackd1207
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    After The Paper Boy and Magic Mike I had pretty much writeen McConnaughey off. This was one of his best efforts. Great movie!

  • August 03, 2013 ah00000000160680
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    Didn\'t think I was going to like this movie. Not a McConnaughey fan in general, but he was Oscar quality in this. the two kids were even better, and all the supporting cast were superb. Growing up in the south, it rang of authenticity. The movie worked on several levels.

  • July 08, 2013 jacquejo
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    Well done! Great characters!

  • July 06, 2013 gv00000000140609
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    Very good movie. Well acted by Reese Witherspoon, Matthew & the kids. Kind of reminded me of the movie Stand By Me type of movie. Great suspense through whole movie not knowing everything till the end.

  • June 12, 2013 ch00000000153421
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    Good story. Matthew did a great job. The 2 kids did a great job. Worth checking out.

  • June 11, 2013 sbspeakman
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    This is a beautifully acted \"must see\" film.Take your teenage kids!

  • June 08, 2013 houseandhomenash
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    Loved Matthew in this movie. Didn\'t know whether to love or hate him until the very end. Great story. Reese did a wonderful job too. It\'s a little movie with a big story.


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