Written August 29, 2016
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 07, 2015
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 June 27, 2016
I see a ton of movies and, in all honesty, this is the best I've seen in the last 10 years. Hands down. I won't tell you anything else. Just please see it.
Written August 24, 2016
I loved this film. It is a little slow; but that's fine because it's set in the deep south and that fit this script. It has a good storyline and the director kept it on course from start till finish. I thought that the acting was superb and especially Tye's character. This film some may say is just a little long. I will say that because it is a slow moving film it did seem much longer than its two hour and ten minute run time. Still it's a wonderful movie and I can suggest it to you 100% honesty. Go and enjoy.
Written May 25, 2016
This movie reminded me of the sweetness and poignancy of "Stand By Me" with 2 teenage boys on the cusp of manhood: exploring themselves, trust, relationships and the Mississippi River together. As part of their adventure, they meet a man calling himself Mud living surreptitiously on an island in the middle of the river; he asks for their help, telling them intriguing tales of love, heartache, and heroism. Both are curious, but Ellis takes the lead in trusting this man and determines to help him reunite with his lost love. As the story unfolds, the boys grow up in subtle ways, reminding us all of the awkwardness and innocence of a teenager's life. Every character was defined by their actions and choices, with each actor imbuing their role with realness and believability. This film might just become a staple along with "Stand By Me" and "A Christmas Story" - who knows? If you want your heart warmed without sticky sweetness, see this flick!