Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Duane Byrge
    A grand story of redemption, laced with barbecued wit and slopped with intrigue, Chrystal is a high heaping of brilliant storytelling.
  2. One of those movies that sticks to your mind like a briar to wool slacks. It has no revelations, no high drama, no heartbreaking tragedy. What it does have is bone-deep honesty, and that's enough for once.
  3. 70
    Chrystal unravels a bit toward the end as it becomes more fable-like, but the performances make it worthwhile.
  4. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Respectable piece of work is reasonably involving if not compelling.
  5. Even at its most contrived, the filmmakers believe in this project so passionately that its atmosphere seems absolutely real.
  6. Reviewed by: Brad Slager
    Dark and quiet is the tone from start to finish.
  7. 60
    McKinnon's direction is nothing if not atmospheric -- his best scenes unfold with a pungent languor that suggests the power of the backwoods to turn hours into days and days into years. If only the sum total were a movie more "In the Bedroom" than it is everything-but-the-kitchen-sink.
  8. 60
    If the people in Chrystal are intended to be authentic, why do none of them look like they've ever seen the inside of a Wal-Mart?
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 3 out of 7
  1. GregT.
    Dec 6, 2005
    Intense but dour. The sets alone could lead you to suicide. Everyone is redeemed but with a load of effort.
  2. JimM.
    Nov 6, 2005
    Painful to sit through. Some scenes over-theatrical with much scenery chewing. Dialogue a hoot. Plot contrived with stock characters. Faulkner meets Al Capp. Full Review »
  3. Kitten
    Oct 17, 2005
    Although beautifully pkotographed, I was very disappointed. The potential to make this a GREAT film was there, but it fell far shot. I would have liked to have seen this movie with a little less implied sex and stereotypical characters, and a lot more time spent giving us a real look into the hearts and minds of the characters. BRAVO to Grace Z...the best actor in the entire piece. Full Review »