Mystic River

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With a childhood tragedy that overshadowed their lives, three men are reunited by circumstance when one has a family tragedy.


  • Sean Penn
  • Tim Robbins
  • Kevin Bacon
  • Laurence Fishburne
  • Marcia Gay Harden
  • Laura Linney
  • Kevin Chapman
  • Thomas Guiry
  • Emmy Rossum
  • Spencer Treat Clark

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This is at bottom a pulp thriller that strains -- sometimes pretentiously, at other times with gutter magnificence -- to reach the level of basic human truths.

Metacritic review by Ty Burr
Ty Burr
Boston Globe

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.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Mystic River is classic Eastwood, classic noir. If there is still some doubt about whether this one-time macho star is actually a world-class moviemaker, Mystic River should end the argument for good. One of the best American movies of the year, crisply well-crafted and beautifully acted.

Metacritic review by Michael Wilmington
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune