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Mystic River Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 5.0
    84

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Universal acclaim
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 100

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Eastwood directs Mystic River with an invigorated grace and gravitas. This is a true American beauty of a movie, a tale of men and their bonds told by and for adults who value the old-fashioned Hollywood-studio notion of narrative.

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  • 100

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    To see strong acting like this is exhilarating. In a time of flashy directors who slice and dice their films in a dizzy editing rhythm, it is important to remember that films can look and listen and attentively sympathize with their characters. Directors grow great by subtracting, not adding, and Eastwood does nothing for show, everything for effect.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    If this death-obsessed drama is a classic, then give me potboiling life.

  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Arguably Eastwood's most ambitious film since his multi-Oscar winner, "Unforgiven." But it lacks the power and depth of that film's dynamic script by David Webb Peoples.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    USA Today

    River ranks with the best movies Eastwood has directed: "The Outlaw Josey Wales," "Unforgiven" and "The Bridges of Madison County." But this time, the work is strong without his own on-screen presence -- a significant achievement.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Powerful performances in graphic story. Only 16+.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has graphic violence, including murders. While some of the violence and the child molestation occur off-screen, the depictions are still deeply disturbing. Characters drink and smoke a great deal and use very strong language.

  • Families can talk about the way that even people who are not directly victims of tragic events can be as haunted by them as those who are.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Violence and tense scenes, dead body, murders. Tense scenes.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Sexual references, including child molestation (offscreen).

  • language false5

    Language: Very strong language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false5

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: A lot of drinking and smoking.

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