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  • 100
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    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

  • 100
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Chilling, superbly acted. show more

  • 88
    USA Today

    River ranks with the best movies Eastwood has directed: "The Outlaw Josey Wales," "Unforgiven" and "The Bridges of Madison County." But this time, the work is strong without his own on-screen presence -- a significant achievement. show more

  • 40
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    If this death-obsessed drama is a classic, then give me potboiling life. show more

  • 88
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    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

  • 88
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    The white-knuckle center of the movie is Sean Penn, who gives an utterly raw performance as Jimmy, father of the dead girl. It's one of the few times that a parent's grief has felt real on the screen through all its ugly permutations. show more

  • 70
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    Arguably Eastwood's most ambitious film since his multi-Oscar winner, "Unforgiven." But it lacks the power and depth of that film's dynamic script by David Webb Peoples. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    To see strong acting like this is exhilarating. In a time of flashy directors who slice and dice their films in a dizzy editing rhythm, it is important to remember that films can look and listen and attentively sympathize with their characters. Directors grow great by subtracting, not adding, and Eastwood does nothing for show, everything for effect. show more

  • 100
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    Mystic River is classic Eastwood, classic noir. If there is still some doubt about whether this one-time macho star is actually a world-class moviemaker, Mystic River should end the argument for good. One of the best American movies of the year, crisply well-crafted and beautifully acted. show more

  • 100
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    This kind of quiet ambiguity, avoiding easy answers to complex human conflicts, is all too rare in American movies. show more

  • October 16, 2013 Carla Beckman
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    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.

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