• Released
  • April 26, 2013
  • (Limited)
  • PG-13 , 2 hr 10 min
  • Action/Adventure
    Drama
  • 1,356 Fan Ratings
Synopsis: Two boys find a man named Mud hiding out on an island in the Mississippi.

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Critic Ratings

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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Jeff Nichols's third feature traffics unerringly in truth, delicious surprise, unadorned beauty and unforced wisdom.
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100

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Mud is steeped in a sense of place, and the people inhabiting it. Southern. Superstitious. Suspenseful. Sublime.
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100

Film.com

By William Goss
That Nichols is able to orchestrate this entire journey with steady tension and lyrical imagery is a testament to his storytelling...
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
In the hands of Nichols, Mud emerges as a thing of bruised beauty. There's magic in it.
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88

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Mud runs over two hours, climaxing with a shootout that belongs in a different movie. It’s a rare misstep in an art-house movie that will...
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88

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Calvin Wilson
A provocative mood piece. Nichols, who had an art-house hit in 2011 with “Take Shelter,” has a gift for creating characters of unusual...
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83

Entertainment Weekly

There's something old-fashioned about Mud, but if you allow yourself to settle into its leisurely pace, it will reward you. If he were...
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80

Variety

By Peter Debruge
Mud poses as a mere adolescent adventure tale but explores a rich vein of grown-up concerns, exploring codes of honor, love and family too...
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Endearing and believable, the two actors playing Ellis and Neckbone are pitch-perfect.
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75

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Reese Witherspoon's unglamorous, understated supporting work recalls the kinds of films she made before becoming a movie star. Other...
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Rated PG-13 | For Sexual References, Language, Smoking, Some Violence and Thematic Elements
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 14+ Poignant coming-of-age tale has some edgy content.
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