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Mud (2013)



Critic Consensus: Bolstered by a strong performance from Matthew McConaughey in the title role, Mud offers an engaging Southern drama that manages to stay sweet and heartwarming without being sappy.

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Mud is an adventure about two boys, Ellis and his friend Neckbone, who find a man named Mud hiding out on an island in the Mississippi. Mud describes fantastic scenarios-he killed a man in Texas and vengeful bounty hunters are coming to get him. He says he is planning to meet and escape with the love of his life, Juniper, who is waiting for him in town. Skeptical but intrigued, Ellis and Neckbone agree to help him. It isn't long until Mud's visions come true and their small town is besieged by a beautiful girl with a line of bounty hunters in tow. (c) Roadside Attractions

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Sam Shepard
as Tom Blakenship
Jacob Lofland
as Neckbone
Sarah Paulson
as Mary Lee
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Critic Reviews for Mud

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Its beguiling mix of naturalism and fabulism will appeal to adults who'd like to see a version of Beasts Of The Southern Wild with fewer fairy lights.

September 5, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The type of film that's miraculously heartwarming, while also mournful and filled with sorrow.

April 23, 2015 | Rating: A | Full Review…

Glorious vision of youth and truth, love and loss, your name is Mud.

January 1, 2014 | Full Review…

An evocative highlight of the American movie year so far.

January 1, 2014 | Rating: 4/4

Sadly, Nichols, who made the superb Take Shelter, gets mired in mood this time around. But there's still an evocative sense of childhood exploration, and a gritty performance by Matthew McConaughey.

January 1, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

In its energy and nuance, Mud seems like the kind of film Hollywood would've made in the Seventies, and would've continued to do if not for the advent of market-conscious filmmaking.

June 14, 2013 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Mud

A great teenage adventure movie with an intriguing plot and outstanding child actors. It sums up the childhood feelings of having a really exciting summer really well. The sudden burst of violence during the showdown seems a bit too much, but everything is perfectly solved after all. Satisfying, touching and really well done all around.

Jens S.
Jens S.

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That's not just some dog howling at the moon, that's the memory of Mark Twain's Huck Finn sagely recognising a kindred spirit in this evocative and moody trip to childhood, lost love, family breakups and small town intrigue. To Kill A Mockingbird lives right down the road in the hollow. Not to be missed.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


Thoroughly enjoyed this one. It's been hanging around on the watchlist for a while now.

Flutie Archibald
Flutie Archibald

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