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Rated PG-13 · 130 minutes · 2013

Adventure, Drama
Matthew McConaughey delivers another strong performance as a fugitive who befriends an impressionable 14-year-old in Mud. In the third film from Take Shelter director Jeff Nichols, much of the action takes place in the middle of the Mississippi River along the eastern Arkansas border. That’s where Ellis (Tye Sheridan) meets Mud (McConaughey), and helps him lie low from the law and some bounty hunters while he waits for his sweetheart (Reese Witherspoon). When a story is this simple, and the outs are pretty well drawn before the movie ever makes any hints of them, the onus is on the storytelling. Nichols develops these characters well, establishing why they have a bond and how deep it goes. There’s a generational observance here, too, with Mud sharing a similar relationship with river-dweller Tom Blankenship (Sam Shepard). Mud isn’t showy and it’s not perfect, but this is still some damn fine Southern literature.


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Official Site: mud-themovie.com
Director: Jeff Nichols
Producer: Glen Basner, Tom Heller, Michael Flynn, Gareth Smith, Lisa Falcone, Sarah Green and Aaron Ryder
Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Tye Sheridan, Jacob Lofland, Reese Witherspoon, Michael Shannon, Sarah Paulson, Sam Shepard, Ray McKinnon, Paul Sparks, Joe Baker, Stuart Greer, Michael Abbott Jr., Bonnie Sturdivant, Kristy Barrington and Clayton Carson

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New Times San Luis Obispo Review: Mud Ken Korman on Matthew McConaughey's turn as a mysterious Southern drifter by Ken Korman 04/30/2013
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Default Review: Mud Ken Korman on Matthew McConaughey's turn as a mysterious Southern drifter by Ken Korman 04/30/2013
East Bay Express Mud Not Hud. Mud. by Kelly Vance 04/24/2013
Portland Mercury His Name Is Actually Mud Small, worthwhile truths are buried in Mud's coming-of-age story. by Ned Lannamann 04/24/2013
Creative Loafing Charlotte Mud a sparkling drama Rating: *** by Matt Brunson 04/26/2013
North Coast Journal My Name is Mud Matthew McWhat's-his-name rolls in something stinky by Dev Richards and Ryan Burns 05/09/2013
NUVO Movie review: Mud Despite a couple of glitches, 'Mud' is a memorable, coming-of-age film with a strong cast, including Matthew McConaughey in the lead role. by Ed Johnson-Ott 05/07/2013
Gambit Review: Mud Ken Korman on Matthew McConaughey's turn as a mysterious Southern drifter by Ken Korman 04/30/2013
Memphis Flyer A Boy’s Life Arkansas filmmaker blends coming-of-age story and crime fiction in Mud. by Chris Herrington 04/25/2013
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