(2004)

Critic Reviews

74

Metascore

Based on 31 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
One of very few films to accurately portray the experience of growing up male.
91
Entertainment Weekly
Although the talent of a kid with the last name of Culkin may not, at this point, register as such a novelty -- Rory follows brothers Macaulay and Kieran -- there is something precociously mature but natural about the work of this youngest Culkin sibling that stands apart.
90
The Hollywood Reporter
Intelligent, universal tale.
88
Adults should find its simmering drama at least as compelling as teens will, even if parental figures are only slightly more present here than in a " Peanuts" comic strip.
88
ReelViews
By entering such fertile, intellectually stimulating and psychologically rich territory, Estes provides us with a freshman feature that is far beyond the generic coming-of-age tale Mean Creek initially seems to be.
75
Chicago Sun-Times
The final act of the film is extraordinary. How unusual it is to see kids this age in the movies seriously debating moral rights and wrongs and considering the consequences of their actions.
75
Philadelphia Inquirer
Has a jumpy, reality-TV kind of feel that adds to the story's sense of unsettling authenticity.
75
New York Daily News
A welcome departure from typical movies about teens, wherein their problems are external (the prom, status). Mean Creek is an adult movie that just happens to star young actors.
75
Chicago Tribune
If Estes' future efforts can offer us such potent, character-centered Molotov cocktails, Mean Creek may well signal the rise of America's next auteur director.
63
A promising debut by young writer/director Jacob Estes, this story of a botched revenge plot still isn't likely to break out even in multiplex August dog days.
40
Wall Street Journal
As in most movies of this sort from "Rebel Without a Cause" to "West Side Story" to last year's "Thirteen," adults are marginalized, clueless or absent. I'm with them.

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