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Based on 15 Reviews
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  • 75
    Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle

    A little picture -- the names of the entire cast would fit on half a sheet of paper -- but it’s more heartfelt than movies with 50 times the budget. show more

  • 63
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    Deeply disturbing, but dramatically realized, and the movie marks Burke as a young talent to watch. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Odd and intense, very well acted, and impossible to dismiss. show more

  • 75
    Megan Lehmann New York Post

    Offers an idyllic, comforting surface of tree-shaded lanes and sunshine-dappled fields - but a disturbing tale throbs beneath. show more

  • 63
    Robert K. Elder Chicago Tribune

    Simply photographed and well acted, The Mudge Boy captures "Deliverance"-level disturbing images as it takes an unsentimental approach to its characters. show more

  • 70
    Merle Bertrand Film Threat

    A film that's every bit as odd, unique, and unnerving as its title character. show more

  • 50
    William Arnold Seattle Post-Intelligencer

    Its sex is brutal, its depiction of human nature is crude and pessimistic, and its climax -- which involves animal mutilation -- is enough to ruin your whole week. show more

  • 42
    Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly

    It's not the homosexuality that's dubious here, it's the chicken. show more

  • 80
    Chuck Wilson L.A. Weekly

    (Emile Hirsch) a miraculous young actor. show more

  • 70
    Nathan Rabin The A.V. Club

    An auspicious debut for writer-director Michael Burke, the film makes a superb actor's showcase for Hirsch as well as Guiry. show more

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