Down 251 this week

Mean Creek (2004)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  29 September 2004 (France)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.3/10 from 25,167 users   Metascore: 74/100
Reviews: 151 user | 125 critic | 31 from

When a teen is bullied, his brother and friends lure the bully into the woods to seek vengeance.


Watch Trailer
0Check in

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video


Celebrate IMDb's 25th Anniversary with Photos We Love

IMDb turns a classy 25 on October 17! To celebrate, we put together a gallery of some of our favorite movie, TV, and event photos from the last 25 years.

See the Photos We Love

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 44 titles
created 19 Dec 2010
a list of 26 titles
created 10 Mar 2011
a list of 21 titles
created 13 Dec 2011
a list of 29 titles
created 21 Nov 2013
a list of 48 titles
created 8 months ago

Related Items

Search for "Mean Creek" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Mean Creek (2004)

Mean Creek (2004) on IMDb 7.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Mean Creek.
4 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Lymelife (2008)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A family unit begins to bow under the pressure of a failing marriage.

Director: Derick Martini
Stars: Rory Culkin, Alec Baldwin, Jill Hennessy
Bully (2001)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A pack of naïve teenagers conspire to murder a mutual friend, whose aggressive demeanor has proved too much.

Director: Larry Clark
Stars: Brad Renfro, Nick Stahl, Bijou Phillips
Prep School (2015)
Drama | Sport

When the star player of an elite prep school rugby team suffers an emotional collapse, his friends and teammates respond in their own ways, ranging from heroic to horrifying.

Director: Sean Nichols Lynch
Stars: Carly Schroeder, Taylor Lambert, Ben Bellamy
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A young man's peculiar upbringing renders him unable to competently cope with the struggle of growing up.

Director: Burr Steers
Stars: Kieran Culkin, Susan Sarandon, Jeff Goldblum
Creep I (2014)
Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

When a videographer answers a Craigslist ad for a one-day job in a remote mountain town, he finds his client is not at all what he initially seems.

Director: Patrick Brice
Stars: Patrick Brice, Mark Duplass
The Dirties (2013)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Two best friends are filming a comedy about getting revenge on the bullies at their high school. One of them isn't joking.

Director: Matt Johnson
Stars: Matt Johnson, Owen Williams, Padraig Singal
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Rachel, a teenager born and raised in her Mormon community, believes that she has been inpregnated by listening to music and must get to Vegas to find the "father" of her miracle baby.

Director: Rebecca Thomas
Stars: Julia Garner, Liam Aiken, Billy Zane
Hard Candy (2005)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A teenage girl raids a man's home, suspecting he is a pedophile, in order to expose him.

Director: David Slade
Stars: Patrick Wilson, Ellen Page, Sandra Oh
The Imposter (2012)
Documentary | Biography | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A documentary centered on a young man in Spain who claims to a grieving Texas family that he is their 16-year-old son who has been missing for 3 years.

Director: Bart Layton
Stars: Adam O'Brian, Anna Ruben, Cathy Dresbach
The Woodsman (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A child molester returns to his hometown after 12 years in prison and attempts to start a new life.

Director: Nicole Kassell
Stars: Kevin Bacon, Kyra Sedgwick, Yasiin Bey
Deliverance (1972)
Adventure | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Intent on seeing the Cahulawassee River before it's turned into one huge lake, outdoor fanatic Lewis Medlock takes his friends on a river-rafting trip they'll never forget into the dangerous American back-country.

Director: John Boorman
Stars: Jon Voight, Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty
You're Next (2011)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

When the Davison family comes under attack during their wedding anniversary getaway, the gang of mysterious killers soon learns that one of the victims harbors a secret talent for fighting back.

Director: Adam Wingard
Stars: Sharni Vinson, Joe Swanberg, AJ Bowen


Complete credited cast:
Raissa Fleming ...
Maggie Tooney
Heath Lourwood ...
Ryan Peterson ...
Michael Fisher-Welsh ...
Mr. Levinworth
Tom (as James W. Crawford)
Shelly Lipkin ...
Mr. Merrick
Kaz Garas ...
Detective Wright
Hagai Shaham ...
Handsome Police Officer


When Sam Merrick is beaten up by local bully George Tooney, Sam's older brother Rocky and his friends Clyde and Marty plan to pretend it's Sam's birthday to "invite" George on a boat trip in which they would dare him to strip naked, jump in the lake, and run home naked. But when Sam, his girlfriend Millie, Rocky, and Clyde see George as not much of a bad guy, they want to call off the plan, but Marty refuses. Will the plan go ahead as planned? Written by Seth Waters *AshTFrankFurter2*

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

bully | friend | boat | river | dare | See All (150) »


Beneath the surface, everyone has a secret. See more »


Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, sexual references, teen drug and alcohol use | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:



Official Sites:



Release Date:

29 September 2004 (France)  »

Also Known As:

A harag sodrása  »

Box Office


$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$29,170 (USA) (20 August 2004)


$603,943 (USA) (10 December 2004)

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


The bumper sticker on the back of Marty's mom's car reads "My child kicked the crap out of your honor student." See more »


When dropping Millie off at her house after returning from their misadventure, Millie exits the car with no socks and she is wearing her tennis shoes like clogs with her heels exposed (at around 1h 09 mins). When she enters her house and climbs the stairs, her socks are on and shoes cover her entire feet (at around 1h 09 mins). See more »


[first lines]
George: Hey! What do you think you're doing? You're a punk, Sam!
See more »

Crazy Credits

Hagai Shaham is credited as being the "handsome" police officer (he is also a producer of the movie) See more »


Featured in Beyond Clueless (2014) See more »


The Sound of Settling
Written by Benjamin Gibbard
Performed by Death Cab for Cutie
Courtesy of Barsuk Records
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

Intelligent, superbly acted and thoroughly absorbing
29 September 2004 | by (Planet Earth) – See all my reviews

I knew next to nothing about this film when I went to see it. I knew it starred Rory Culkin, who was so good in 2000's best film, "You Can Count on Me," and received some critical acclaim. But I knew nothing about the story and what a wonderful surprise "Mean Creek" proved to be.

This is an intelligent, engaging movie buoyed by some of the best acting by young actors this year. Writer-director Jacob Aaron Estes, who won a 1998 Nicholl Fellowship in Screen writing for his script, takes the basic premise of revenge against a school bully and turns it into a moving and gripping film. Incidentally, this is the second terrific movie to come out of that Nicholl class - the other was Karen Moncrieff's "Blue Car," one of last year's best films.

Given the subject matter, "Mean Creek" could easily have been another after-school special masquerading as an indie feature. But Estes eschews the conventions of the genre to give his characters unexpected depth and create an engrossing morality play. None of his characters is a caricature; they're all flawed and unmistakably human. The moral issues they face are real and complex; the crises they create are dealt with expertly.

What's special about "Mean Creek" are its fine young actors. Culkin again is convincing as a skittish young boy being picked on by the school bully, but the two startlingly brilliant performances are by Josh Peck as the bully George, and Carly Schroeder as Millie, the young girl unexpectedly dragged into the plot.

Peck makes George captivating when he could just as easily made him a typical, one-note bully. Peck gives George substance and turns on the charm so well that we understand the others' reluctance to go through with exacting his comeuppance. George becomes likable, someone who seems to resort to bullying to hide inadequacies of his own. Peck draws us into his character; we feel sympathy for someone who is supposed to be unsympathetic.

The flaw in Estes' writing is that after making George someone who elicits compassion, Estes unwisely opts for an easy way out by forcing George to turn to his uglier side. Had George suddenly not turned mean, the moment would have been far more potent than it already is.

Young Schroeder is downright extraordinary. Her Millie is mature way beyond her years. She serves as the group's moral core and Schroeder's scenes in the immediate aftermath of a tragedy are so astonishingly raw, you're likely to forget she's a young teen actress. Hers is one of the best supporting performances the year.

"Mean Creek" is one of the best coming-of-age films. All teenagers and their parents should see this, despite its R rating. It's unfortunate the MPAA gave "Mean Creek" an R rating because despite the use of the F-word, "Mean Creek" is far less offensive than much of the PG-13-rated garbage - the more recent "Charlie's Angels" movies, for instance - and provides more enjoyment and insight into human behavior in five minutes than almost any mainstream movie playing right now.

111 of 133 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Why the cover up? jared1101
why was George's character so mean? mtc-49-983723
So what happened? XxX-My-Immortal-XxX
I don't get marty. californication-183-963282
I loved the song.... lil_miss_independent92
Discuss Mean Creek (2004) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: