Mystic River

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    A thriller about friendship and loyalty, guilt and vengeance, and the fateful affect the past has on the present. Sean Penn won an Oscar for his multifaceted performance as a father who lost his daughter.

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    It is in many ways Eastwood's tightest movie for some time, and certainly his darkest since Unforgiven; indeed, the ending offers as corrosive an assessment of the limits of American justice as anything in his career.

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    Sean Penn is so frighteningly good in this movie that he outdoes even the best of his earlier work.

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    Works as a straight-up detective story, and the acting is often breathtaking.

    4/5
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    Too depressing to fill audiences with delight, but it does seem to validate questionable attitudes, especially an indifference to the suffering of innocent people and a willingness to shoot first and ask questions later.

    2/4
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    Solid, rarely showy performances, meticulously recreated detective work and moments of pure unadulterated grief accent this whodunit, a movie that will have those who haven't read the book fooled for much of its length.

    3/5
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    Contains so many layers that you'll want to see it more than once. It's one for the memory books.

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    There is depth in this movie, and fine acting. But even more intriguing, there are questions... questions with no clear answers.

    B+
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    Smart, hard-charging, compassionate.

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    The experience of being so absorbed in a movie and the lives of the people in it, of trusting a director and a writer and actors to take me places completely unexpected, is so rare that I savored every unexpected turn and twist.

    4/4
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    A solid whodunit, with disturbing, provocative, take-home insights into human nature.

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    A masterpiece of the first order.

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    Deals with themes Eastwood has often explored before, but never so delicately or with as much sad wisdom: The way in which our past haunts our present, the lasting repercussions of violence and the cruel inexorability of fate.

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    It is an impressive movie masquerading as an important one.

    B
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    Eastwood has handed Penn the role of a lifetime, and the actor scorches the screen with his anguish and angry vengefulness.

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    Eastwood and his terrific cast leave you shaken in ways that matter.

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    For all its missteps, Mystic River gets the big things right: It turns you inside out with grief.

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    Where Lehane's novel seethes with emotionally charged subtext, Eastwood's workmanlike direction feels static -- fatally tasteful, embalmed in gravitas -- while his sporadic efforts at dramatic heightening come off as vulgar cliche.

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    A deeply textured drama in which the sins (or perceived sins) of the past weigh heavily on the present.

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    If Mystic River is just a bit overplayed, a tad too highly pitched, it still resonates with grief and fury and feeling.

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    The movie eloquently mourns the death of innocence and friendship. It also is a showcase for six stunning performances.

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    The performances are exquisite.

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    The acting throughout is exceptional, rooted in observed realism, but suggestive of more mythical agents at work through the lives of human beings.

    3/4
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    The film and its actors are at their best when acknowledging the tragedy of inarticulate men banging their heads against fate.

    3/4
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    Eastwood's most soulful, and most organic, movie.

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    It is a movie to closely watch and to savour; the confident direction and the flawless ensemble performances are, quite simply, worthy of Oscars.

    4/5
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    Mystic River is full of details that stay with you.

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    An adult drama rich in emotional textures.

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    At nearly 2 1/2 hours, Mystic River proves that a mystery need not be taut to be riveting.

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    Eastwood's best direction since Unforgiven and arguably the best, most mature work of his career.

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    A riveting story with complex situations and extremely well defined characters.

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    Crisply well-crafted and beautifully acted.

    4/4
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    River leads moviegoers on a suspense-filled, sometimes painful adventure marked by great performances.

    4/4
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    A powerful tale of crime, guilt, and punishment.

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    This is an extremely well-crafted and powerful film with searing performances from the all-star cast, most notably Sean Penn and Tim Robbins.

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    Resonates long after the last fade-out.

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    A haunting, ambitious but ultimately flawed film that treads some of the same somber moral territory director Clint Eastwood explored in Unforgiven.

    3/4
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    A solid crime thriller.

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    Mystic River is the rare American movie that aspires to -- and achieves -- the full weight and darkness of tragedy.

    4/5
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    What you end up admiring about the film is its literacy, its authenticity ... and its refusal to let us down easily.

    3/4
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    A classic whodunit.

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    Eastwood's 24th directorial feature is his most ambitious in a decade.

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    A movie of startling power and intimacy.

    4/4
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    Mystic River is a complex, deeply ambiguous study of lifelong ties, moral accountability and the flukes of destiny.

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    A crisp, well-made, visually astute film that will provoke and divide [Eastwood's] admirers.

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