Date Screened: 16th September 2013


“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 a beautiful girl with a line of bounty hunters in tow.

DIRECTORS: Jeff Nichols

Matthew McConaughey , Reese Witherspoon , Tye Sheridan , Jacob Lofland

RUNNING TIME: 130 minutes


COUNTRY: United States

BBFC RATING: 12A (Click here for the full classification report)

Reaction Index Score: 84%

Official Trailer


The Guardian logo
eff Nichols’s exhilarating third movie, Mud, concerns two 14-year-old boys growing up in a small town beside the Mississippi in the director’s native south central state of Arkansas, and it’s impossible while watching it not to think about Huckleberry Finn and Hemingway’s claim for its essential position in the experience of growing up close to the American landscape … Click here for the full review
In his latest picture, Matthew McConaughey’s name is Mud, and not for the usual reasons. For much of the last decade the handsomely weather-beaten Texan was a familiar presence in many agonisingly bad romantic comedies, but in the past two years, with juicy roles in all-American auteur pieces like Magic Mike, The Paperboy and Killer Joe, his career has undergone what he jokingly calls a “McConaissance” … Click here for the full review

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Empire Online logo
Like Take Shelter, it twines mythic themes and brittle family drama against huge-horizoned American backdrops. And not only does it include a performance which further affirms the extraordinary on-screen rehabilitation of Matthew McConaughey — whose Mud exudes intense, sweat-sheened charisma — but also showcases a bedrock-solid supporting cast … Click here for the full review and rating

Rather like the ark-esque boat that’s bodged back to life with pinched parts and blind faith at the centre of Jeff Nichols’ story, Mud is pleasingly reminiscent of other sun-dappled, boys’ own adventures that are so evocative of time and place.Just staring at the screen induces the taste of fried chicken and a sense of sticky heat. … Click here for the full review and rating