Generally favorable reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. Reviewed by: Mary Pols
    Apr 29, 2013
    Glorious vision of youth and truth, love and loss, your name is Mud.
  2. Reviewed by: Calvin Wilson
    Apr 26, 2013
    A provocative mood piece. Nichols, who had an art-house hit in 2011 with “Take Shelter,” has a gift for creating characters of unusual depth, and for eliciting performances of emotional resonance. With Mud, he seems to be edging closer to the mainstream, but his skills are as sharp as ever.
  3. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Apr 26, 2013
    Watching Mud unfold, one suspects that the Arkansas-reared Nichols remembers exactly what it was like to be a boy of the Southern wilds.
  4. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Apr 25, 2013
    Mud runs over two hours, climaxing with a shootout that belongs in a different movie. It’s a rare misstep in an art-house movie that will pull mainstream audiences along as inexorably as the Mississippi River. Go see it.
  5. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Apr 25, 2013
    This is where a filmmaker’s taste and reflexive sense of balance makes all the difference. Southern culture may be on the skids in Mud, but Nichols’s sensitive portrayal is gratifyingly on the level.
  6. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Apr 25, 2013
    One of the most creatively rich and emotionally rewarding movies to come along this year.
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Apr 25, 2013
    Jeff Nichols's third feature traffics unerringly in truth, delicious surprise, unadorned beauty and unforced wisdom.
  8. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Apr 25, 2013
    Mud is steeped in a sense of place, and the people inhabiting it. Southern. Superstitious. Suspenseful. Sublime.
  9. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Apr 25, 2013
    In the hands of Nichols, Mud emerges as a thing of bruised beauty. There's magic in it.
  10. Reviewed by: Kimberley Jones
    Apr 25, 2013
    With American independent film teeming with so many shaky-cam snarksters, what an electric riposte to the status quo is Nichols, whose films are classically constructed and deadly serious. In his short but potent career, he’s mastered a wide-vistaed eye for the epic and the elemental.
  11. Reviewed by: Chris Nashawaty
    Apr 24, 2013
    There's something old-fashioned about Mud, but if you allow yourself to settle into its leisurely pace, it will reward you. If he were alive today, Mark Twain would approve.
  12. Reviewed by: William Goss
    Feb 26, 2013
    That Nichols is able to orchestrate this entire journey with steady tension and lyrical imagery is a testament to his storytelling capabilities.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 209 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 46 out of 53
  2. Negative: 4 out of 53
  1. Jul 26, 2013
    Mud 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
    Quiet 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
    Mud 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 »