Generally favorable reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
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  1. 91
    Though its procedural goes a little soft in the middle, Gone Baby Gone quietly accumulates in power, leading to one of the more subtly devastating final shots in recent memory.
  2. 88
    Gone Baby Gone is powerful stuff - a movie that derives its plot twists from moral conundrums rather than from narrative sleight of hand.
  3. 88
    Gone Baby Gone is full of dark secrets, and how they unravel will keep you glued.
  4. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    There is a compelling ethical question raised skillfully that will haunt viewers. The poignant conclusion probably will incite debate.
  5. 88
    The result is a superior police procedural, and something more -- a study in devious human nature.
  6. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    The joke's on us, it turns out; as a director, Affleck has come through with a sharp, morally ambiguous piece of pulp crackerjack.
  7. Gone Baby Gone would be an accomplishment with anyone at the helm; from a first-timer, it's a revelation.
  8. 83
    In the strongest scenes, Ben Affleck gets his lead actors to extract the bitter juice from Lehane's wood-alcohol prose. The movie has its horrifying Gothic twists and turns, but it's never better than when it takes these two into places where the underclass goes to forget or be forgotten or get lost.
  9. 83
    It's a fine debut, far more grounded, plausible and engrossing than most Hollywood thrillers.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 184 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 63 out of 84
  2. Negative: 8 out of 84
  1. Jan 25, 2011
    A gritty down and dirty Boston flick that leaves you pondering questions that you may find you don't have an answer for. If you are the typeA gritty down and dirty Boston flick that leaves you pondering questions that you may find you don't have an answer for. If you are the type that doesn't enjoy a movie with a happy ending that don't even put Gone Baby Gone into your DVD player as it will leave you with an empty feeling inside and will eat away at you logic and ethical viewpoints. If on the other hand you can handle a depressing ending than Gone Baby Gone is a movie that provokes a myriad of question and ethical discussion topics while also providing top notch acting and superb directing by first timer Ben Affleck. Full Review »
  2. JohnB.
    Oct 24, 2007
    Quite powerful and thought provoking. Exactly what a film like this should be.
  3. KarenW.
    Oct 22, 2007
    Powerful! A mystery that twist and turns, compelling ethical dilemma, and really exciting! The best movie I've seen this year.