88

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The joke's on us, it turns out; as a director, Affleck has come through with a sharp, morally ambiguous piece of pulp crackerjack.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Gone Baby Gone is full of dark secrets, and how they unravel will keep you glued.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The result is a superior police procedural, and something more -- a study in devious human nature.
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88

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
There is a compelling ethical question raised skillfully that will haunt viewers. The poignant conclusion probably will incite debate.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

It's a tribute to this thoughtful, deeply poignant, splendidly executed film that we replay the conclusion in our minds long after the lights come on.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Casey's big brother has made a tough, taut mystery.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
A story so good that maybe anybody could have turned out something decent.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
The film's standout performance belongs to Ed Harris, who plays a Boston detective with decades of experience and an equal amount of built-up resentment toward people who would harm children.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Affleck the director shows excellent instincts, not least of which is letting his younger brother, Casey, hold the center as a young guy not as smaht as he thinks he is.
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50

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Storytelling problems surface toward the overwrought climax, but the worst problem is the unrelenting grimness. It's hard to like a movie that leaves you with no hope.
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72 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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