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Nothing much ever happened when they were kids growing up in a rough section of Boston. That is, until Dave was forced to take the ride that would change all of their lives forever. Twenty-five years later, the three find themselves thrust back together by another life altering event – the murder of Jimmy’s 19-year-old daughter.
Drama - This is a dark, slow-moving drama geared toward adult audiences.
Those looking for action won't find it here. Subject matter makes
the film inappropriate for youngsters, who would be bored, anyhow.
PROFANITY: Over 30 F-words, 15 S-words, 3 GD's, many others. SEX/NUDITY: None. VIOLENCE: Bloody beatings and stabbings. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol and tobacco use, some by teens. ACTION: None. COMEDY: None.
The above rating is an average of the critic reviews below.
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James Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull
Review Very Good "With an intelligent, insightful screenplay and a riveting
key performance, Eastwood has combined his cinematic ingredients in a mixture
that cries out for Oscar consideration. Mystic River is haunting and
melancholy, and the portraits it paints of Jimmy, Dave, and Sean will stay with
you after you have left the theater. In a time when the goal of most movies is
to offer instant gratification with no aftertaste, this quality should be both
valued and praised.''
Review Excellent "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.''
Review Very Good "Working with some of today's most gifted actors, Eastwood
has taken a hands-off yet firm approach that has paid off in what critics agree
is a career high.. Mystic River deals with heavy themes, murder and child
molestation among them. Eastwood says all the characters are "damaged
goods." Yet Eastwood's rapid-fire directing style minimized the psychic
damage to the actors.''
TV Guide OnlineFull
Review Good "Clint Eastwood's adaptation of Dennis Lehane's literary
thriller is suffused with a sense of sadness for opportunities missed and wrong
turns taken. If he were a more subtle director, it would be a great film; as it
is, it's an extremely good one, anchored by the subtly devastating performances
of Penn, Robbins and Bacon. The supporting cast is equally good, and blue collar
Boston's mean streets take on a beaten-down life of their own.''
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
The first thing I noticed is the relatively few "Fantastic" opinions from the adults. Most of these opinions are in the "Excellent" to "Very Good" range. This indicates a movie that most will enjoy very much, but few will think is great.
Unfortunately, there are quite a few opinions of "Good" and lower, especially from the ladies, which obviously isn't too good. So, this movie is a bit of a gamble for the ladies. If you will read the detailed opinions you may be able to better determine if this is a movie you will enjoy.
Cinema Review Prediction: (before moviegoer opinions are collected)
Sorry, we were not given an advance screening of this movie.
When they were kids growing up together in a rough section of
Boston, Jimmy Markum (SEAN PENN), Dave Boyle (TIM ROBBINS) and Sean Devine
(KEVIN BACON) spent their days playing stickball on the street, the way most
boys did in their blue-collar neighborhood of East Buckingham. Nothing much ever
happened in their neighborhood. That is, until Dave was forced to take the ride
that would change all of their lives forever.
Twenty-five years later, the three find themselves thrust
back together by another life altering event – the murder of Jimmy's
19-year-old daughter. Now a cop, Sean is assigned to the case and he and his
partner (LAURENCE FISHBURNE) are charged with unraveling the seemingly senseless
crime. They must also stay one step ahead of Jimmy, a man driven by an all
consuming rage to find his daughter's killer.
Connected to the crime by a series of circumstances, Dave is
forced to confront the demons of his own past. Demons that threaten to destroy
his marriage and any hope he may have for a future. As the investigation
tightens around these three friends, an ominous story unfolds that revolves
around friendship, family and innocence lost too soon.