Mud

Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Guy Lodge
    May 14, 2013
    60
    It’s a broader, starrier project than either of Nichols’s previous films, and he handles the transition to the major league with relative confidence.
  2. Reviewed by: David Gritten
    Apr 29, 2013
    60
    It’s a lovely, coherent piece of storytelling, with a unique sense of place.
  3. Reviewed by: Jane Crowther
    Apr 26, 2013
    60
    More accessible than "Take Shelter" but not as powerful, Mud boasts stunning photography, a mesmerising lead and a strong evocation of Americana. McConaughey’s gold run continues…
  4. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Apr 23, 2013
    60
    Despite the best efforts of a cast that mixes unstudied newbies such as The Tree of Life’s Sheridan with Hollywood prima donnas like Reese Witherspoon (a starlet-slumming-it distraction as Mud's dim-bulb inamorata), there’s an overall clunkiness that Nichols is unable to overcome.
  5. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    Apr 23, 2013
    60
    It's too bad...that a movie so attuned to natural currents in the end gets caught up in Hollywood's impossible ones.
  6. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Feb 26, 2013
    60
    Mud is an engaging and good-looking picture with two bright leading performances from Sheridan and Lofland.
  7. Reviewed by: Simon Abrams
    Feb 26, 2013
    50
    Mud is as unmoving as it is because it doesn’t aspire to be anything other than a competent anti-fairy tale in which the paint-by-number morals are enforced by equally obvious main protagonists.
  8. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Apr 25, 2013
    40
    Stripped of his former pretty-boy image, the Texas-born actor is snarly and gnarled, and understands what Nichols is aiming for. That’s crucial, as Mud needs something to stick to.
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 300 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 49 out of 59
  2. Negative: 5 out of 59
  1. Jul 26, 2013
    10
    Mud is a gripping film from start to finish, marking itself as a modern classic, reminiscent of Stand By Me. McConaughhey delivers his bestMud is a gripping film from start to finish, marking itself as a modern classic, reminiscent of Stand By Me. McConaughhey delivers his best performance yet as Mud, the man camping out on an island that two boys discover when exploring. Tye Sheridan (Ellis) makes his breakout performance as one of the boys. His friend, Neckbone (played by Jacob Lofland), is excellent as well. Mud captures every emotion with pure accuracy, strategically placing seeds for the audience to feed off of. I could tell you more about Mud, but this is a film you need to experience yourself. Full Review »
  2. Apr 28, 2013
    8
    Quiet but efficient, "Mud" marks a spectacular niche into the subgenre of "coming-of-age-tales," and it includes yet another surprisinglyQuiet but efficient, "Mud" marks a spectacular niche into the subgenre of "coming-of-age-tales," and it includes yet another surprisingly noteworthy performance from Matthew McConaughey. Full Review »
  3. Apr 27, 2013
    8
    Mud is a good film that starts slow, but carefully develops its characters and story. The result a wholly satisfying experience that featuresMud is a good film that starts slow, but carefully develops its characters and story. The result a wholly satisfying experience that features some fantastic performances; McConaughey is incredible and the kid Tye Sheridan is also could. Could very well be the Winter's Bone of 2013. Full Review »