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!
Written September 24, 2016
Excellent movie; great story line; wonderful play between the characters. The boys did a great job and, of course, McConaughey was awesome! I would recommend Mud to anyone. We had a great time watching this movie.
Written January 26, 2015
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"
Written May 27, 2016
This was a great movie. I kinda knew what it was about before I went to go see it but not really.
I liked this movie so much, McConaughey give a good performance in/as Mud. Sam Shepard has a great small part along with Reece Witherspoon. That being said the film really belongs to the 2 young kids. They get the bulk of screen time and have the most time involved in all of the story line. They did a great job. It didn't feel rushed or like it took to long to get going. Its a decent pace and keeps you interested. I think it would have gotten more viewers if an early fall or winter release could have been done.
Go see it, I liked it and you just might be surprised and like it to.
Written June 30, 2016
The performances in almost all the actors are top notch. Sometimes the pacing is a little slow, but it pays off with great performances, and a non spected action sequence at the end that makes sense.