Written August 31, 2014
Very entertaining and the acting was generally excellent. A bit long, but not boring. Generally quite believable but a couple of the (brief) relationships were not quite convincing and the Deus Ex Machina ending was a bit of a cop-out (so to speak). Of course, for my wife the long-anticipated shirtless McConaughey scene was the clincher. Worth a look, but don't bring the kids.
Written August 22, 2014
Matthew McConaughey's best work since Lone Star. The two boys, Jacob Lofland as "Neckbone" and especially Tye Sheridan as Ellis are fantastic. Michael Shannon is great in a small role. In fact, I can't think of a single actor not in top form, including Reese Witherspoon who is better here in a supporting role than she was as the Oscar winning female lead in Walk the Line. Great story beautifully told. See it!
Written June 13, 2013
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Written July 29, 2014
The basic story line is good. The use of rough language is over the top and adds nothing. In fact it dtracts. I do not need to see and hear a 14 year old using vulgar language everytime he opens his mouth. While this maner of speach may be possibly correct for the time and place, 2-3 well placed words would have been enough to deliver the idea.
Written May 27, 2013
A real original - not a remake or another of the endless repeats of worn out stories. Low budget but great acting from a talented group - well directed. May be slow for those expecting special effects CGI and all that fake stuff. This is a real - gritty - must think about movie that you will remember weeks from now. Cute twist for those Killer Joe fans - when Mud refers to the "can of pumpkin pie filler"