Mud is an adventure about two boys, Ellis and his friend Neckbone, who find a man named Mud hiding out on an island in the Mississippi. Mud describes fantastic scenarios-he killed a man in Texas and vengeful bounty hunters are coming to get him. He says he is planning to meet and escape with the love of his life, Juniper, who is waiting for him in town. Skeptical but intrigued, Ellis and Neckbone agree to help him. It isn’t long until Mud’s visions come true and their small town is besieged by abeautiful girl with a line of bounty hunters in tow.









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Release date: Apr 26, 2013
MPAA rating: Rated PG-13 for some violence, sexual references, language, thematic elements and smoking
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Runtime: 130 min
Movie Reviews:
  • 100
    Los Angeles Times - by Betsy Sharkey
    One of the most creatively rich and emotionally rewarding movies to come along this year. more

  • 100
    Wall Street Journal - by Joe Morgenstern
    Jeff Nichols's third feature traffics unerringly in truth, delicious surprise, unadorned beauty and unforced wisdom. more

  • 100
    Philadelphia Inquirer - by Steven Rea
    Mud is steeped in a sense of place, and the people inhabiting it. Southern. Superstitious. Suspenseful. Sublime. more

  • 100 - by William Goss
    That Nichols is able to orchestrate this entire journey with steady tension and lyrical imagery is a testament to his storytelling capabilities. more

  • 90
    Time - by Mary Pols
    Glorious vision of youth and truth, love and loss, your name is Mud. more

  • 89
    Austin Chronicle - by Kimberley Jones
    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. more

  • 88
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch - by Calvin Wilson
    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. more

  • 88
    New York Post - by Lou Lumenick
    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. more

  • 88
    Washington Post - by Ann Hornaday
    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. more

  • 88
    Rolling Stone - by Peter Travers
    In the hands of Nichols, Mud emerges as a thing of bruised beauty. There's magic in it. more

  • 83
    Entertainment Weekly - by Chris Nashawaty
    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. more

  • 80
    Arizona Republic - by Bill Goodykoontz
    The story is intriguing enough to make Mud a good movie. Led by Sheridan and McConaughey, the performances make it something more. ...

  • 80
    Variety - by Peter Debruge
    Mud poses as a mere adolescent adventure tale but explores a rich vein of grown-up concerns, exploring codes of honor, love and family too solid to be shaken by modernizing forces. ...

  • 75
    USA Today - by Claudia Puig
    Endearing and believable, the two actors playing Ellis and Neckbone are pitch-perfect. more

  • 75
    Portland Oregonian - by Marc Mohan
    The spirits of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer are alive and well in the Southern-fried coming-of-age tale Mud. It's got all the ingredients. more

  • 75
    Miami Herald - by Rene Rodriguez
    You come away from Mud fondly remembering those two boys, especially Ellis, who has taken his first steps toward adulthood and discovers it suits him just fine. more

  • 75
    The A.V. Club - by Mike D'Angelo
    Mud unfortunately begins to develop a sour aftertaste in the handful of minor subplots. more

  • 75
    ReelViews - by James Berardinelli
    Reese Witherspoon's unglamorous, understated supporting work recalls the kinds of films she made before becoming a movie star. Other recognizable faces include Sam Shepard, Joe Don Baker, Michael Shannon, and Sarah Paulson. more

  • 75
    Slant Magazine - by Steve Macfarlane
    The film ultimately succeeds thanks to small details, from its deep-fried lingo and the swampy texture of its location photography to its uniformly expert cast. more

  • 75
    Movie Nation - by Roger Moore
    It doesn’t trivialize Mud to label it Tennessee Williams lite — at least in its romantic notions. Nichols gets good performances out of one and all, but lets himself get so caught up in his sense of place that this potboiler hangs around more than a few minutes after that pot has come to a boil. more

  • 70
    New York Magazine (Vulture) - by David Edelstein
    It’s hard to believe Nichols thinks he can get away with all this and harder still to believe he does. It’s the quality of the attention that he brings — his focus — that makes his work so engrossing. more

  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter - by
    Jeff Nichols’ much-anticipated follow-up to his breakthrough second feature Take Shelter feels less adventurous and unsettling but remains a well carpentered piece of work marked by some fine performances and resilient thematic fiber. more

  • 63
    Boston Globe - by Ty Burr
    The most striking aspect of Mud is the air of myth and tall-tale telling that hovers lightly over the settings and characters. more

  • 60
    Total Film - by Jane Crowther
    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… more

  • 60
    Time Out New York - by Keith Uhlich
    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. more

  • 60
    Village Voice - by Alan Scherstuhl
    It's too bad...that a movie so attuned to natural currents in the end gets caught up in Hollywood's impossible ones. more

  • 60
    The Guardian - by Peter Bradshaw
    Mud is an engaging and good-looking picture with two bright leading performances from Sheridan and Lofland. more

  • 50
    The Playlist - by Simon Abrams
    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. more

  • 40
    New York Daily News - by Joe Neumaier
    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. more

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