Mean Creek Synopsis
Boys (Rory Culkin, Ryan Kelley, Scott Mechlowicz) plan an elaborate revenge on a bully.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
One of very few films to accurately portray the experience of growing up male.
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91

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Although the talent of a kid with the last name of Culkin may not, at this point, register as such a novelty -- Rory follows brothers...
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90

The Hollywood Reporter

Intelligent, universal tale.
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88

Boston Globe

By Janice Page
Adults should find its simmering drama at least as compelling as teens will, even if parental figures are only slightly more present here...
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88

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
By entering such fertile, intellectually stimulating and psychologically rich territory, Estes provides us with a freshman feature that is...
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75

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
A welcome departure from typical movies about teens, wherein their problems are external (the prom, status). Mean Creek is an adult movie...
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Has a jumpy, reality-TV kind of feel that adds to the story's sense of unsettling authenticity.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The final act of the film is extraordinary. How unusual it is to see kids this age in the movies seriously debating moral rights and wrongs...
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63

USA Today

By Mike Clark
A promising debut by young writer/director Jacob Estes, this story of a botched revenge plot still isn't likely to break out even in...
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40

Wall Street Journal

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As in most movies of this sort from "Rebel Without a Cause" to "West Side Story" to last year's "Thirteen," adults are marginalized,...
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Rated R | For Teen Alcohol and Drug Use, Sexual References and Language
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Common Sense Media says not for kids This movie about teens is for adults only.
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VIOLENCE & SCARINESS
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DRINKING & DRUGS
SEXY STUFF