Clint Eastwood pours everything he knows about directing into Mystic River. His film sneaks up, messes with your head and then floors you. You can't shake it. It's that haunting, that hypnotic. show more
If this death-obsessed drama is a classic, then give me potboiling life. show more
So incrementally does Eastwood's film build toward what seems like an inevitable resolution that when it concludes, you're sucker-punched. You haven't been watching a police procedural, but a Greek tragedy. You haven't been watching a drama about the catharsis of vigilantism, but sitting vigil for a community diminished, and permanently damaged, by violence. show more
Mystic River is one of my favorite movies. I read the book written by Dennis Lehane, and this is a case wherein the movie is far more compelling than the book. The book is mediocre at best, but the movie comes alive with Shakespearean tragedy epic.