Mud Synopsis
Two boys find a man named Mud hiding out on an island in the Mississippi.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Endearing and believable, the two actors playing Ellis and Neckbone are pitch-perfect.
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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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Mud = Gold!

By MedRed
For a plot that could easily have been a train wreck, Mud far exceeded expectations. Mud takes a look into a brief, but pivotal moment in the life of Ellis, an innocent 14 year old living on the...

Great film ... don't miss it.

By movielover2b
I really didn't know what to expect when I went to see this movie but was very pleasantly surprised. All of the actors, especially the young boys were incredible. I hope to see them in more films...

Simply Muddy

By Linkie11
I found Mud to be a little too long and slow moving. The acting is superb by both Matthew and the boys, but the story gets bogged down in the reasoning as to why Mud is hiding on an island. ...


By cfarghaly
Matthew McConaughey makes an Oscar Winning performance in Mud. The whole cast of Mud was believable as dwellers of a small Arkansas town. Break out performances from the young men playing Ellis and...

Well Worth Seeing, Big Time!

By mmit911
Great acting by Mathew, and......the two boys!! It keeps you in suspense in all ways, and the boys were so challenging in resolving their desires to help "Mud". As far as "Reese", I won't go there!...

what woman doesn't drool over Matthew McConnaughey but?

By latkinson000
Ojk, so Matthew didn't clean up this whole movie but the movie was fabulous, I thought! I just loved it on so many levels, I think his acting was superb. But it was those 2 young boys that made the...


By hrdecisions
All around fantastic view of a seldom seen slice of rural America expertly acted, directed, and filmed. Every actor's performance seemed as genuine as the surroundings....


By hgacarolyn
Movie had good write ups. Showed how misguided dedicated love can mess you up sometimes. Not all women are alike apparently. Neat that the boys and this hide away guy bonded to get him off the...

This is a Genuine Authentic Real Film

By Protoplasm
This is not a movie like so many that are casualties of talent, or studio production hamstrings that ultimately fall short of the creative ambitions and released as mere cinematic "efforts" - this is...

Thoroughly Unique, Strong On Talent, Stronger Still On Story.

By Alon Patterson
It's a rare privilege nowadays to find something genuine and altogether unique at the movies. Rarer still is finding that and actually being entertained. This film is one of those rare gems. Among...

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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 Poignant coming-of-age tale has some edgy content.
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