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  • Summary: Set in the Ozark mountains, Chrystak combines red-dirt realism with the fabulist Southern literary tradition – part Flannery O'Connor, part Johnny Cash – to tell a wild and haunting tale of the power of true love. (First Look)
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. Even at its most contrived, the filmmakers believe in this project so passionately that its atmosphere seems absolutely real.
  5. 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?
  6. 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.
  7. Reviewed by: Brad Slager
    Dark and quiet is the tone from start to finish.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 3 out of 7
  1. AlbertI.
    Sep 21, 2005
    Great acting and beautiful music. A must see.
  2. Haden
    Sep 17, 2005
    I thought this movie was great - havent been this pulled into to a story, setting, and culture thing in some time - not perfect but unique and captious and raw. Expand
  3. GregT.
    Dec 6, 2005
    Intense but dour. The sets alone could lead you to suicide. Everyone is redeemed but with a load of effort.
  4. 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. Collapse
  5. 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. Expand
  6. SebastianL.
    Sep 12, 2005
    Unfortunately this movie suffers from a schizofrenic story line. The main plot line has enough tragic drama to support the film and if you were to fast-fwd all of the insipid sub-plots you would have a pretty good film. My Question for Ray McKinnon who wrote and directed this movie is this... Will you guys ever stop with the idiotic redneck bad guys named 'Snake?' Thornton and Blount give good performances but it's not enough. Expand

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