Mystic River Synopsis
A detective (Kevin Bacon) probes the murder of his friend's (Sean Penn) daughter.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Clint Eastwood pours everything he knows about directing into Mystic River. His film sneaks up, messes with your head and then floors you....
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100

San Francisco Chronicle

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Chilling, superbly acted.
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Eastwood directs Mystic River with an invigorated grace and gravitas. This is a true American beauty of a movie, a tale of men and their...
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
To see strong acting like this is exhilarating. In a time of flashy directors who slice and dice their films in a dizzy editing rhythm, it...
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88

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
The white-knuckle center of the movie is Sean Penn, who gives an utterly raw performance as Jimmy, father of the dead girl. It's one of the...
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
So incrementally does Eastwood's film build toward what seems like an inevitable resolution that when it concludes, you're sucker-punched....
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88

USA Today

River ranks with the best movies Eastwood has directed: "The Outlaw Josey Wales," "Unforgiven" and "The Bridges of Madison County." But...
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
This is at bottom a pulp thriller that strains -- sometimes pretentiously, at other times with gutter magnificence -- to reach the level of...
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Arguably Eastwood's most ambitious film since his multi-Oscar winner, "Unforgiven." But it lacks the power and depth of that film's dynamic...
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40

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
If this death-obsessed drama is a classic, then give me potboiling life.
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Mystic River review

By jodyandcobee
***...

Yep

By MongrolMan
Everyone should see this at least once...

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Rated R | For Violence and Language
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Common Sense Media says Iffy for 16+ Powerful performances in graphic story. Only 16+.
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