The much anticipated Reese Witherspoon and Matthew McConaughey starrer, Mud, closed out the Cannes Film Festival where it received a largely positive response from critics who deemed it an effective tear jerker from director Jeff Nichols. The film is a coming-of-age drama about two young boys in the South who find a fugitive man named Mud living on an island in Mississippi. What transpires between them as Mud reckons with a beautiful bounty hunter forms the emotional arc of the story.
Here’s what some of the critics had to say:
A well carpentered piece of work marked by some fine performances and resilient thematic fiber[Hollywood Reporter]
Sturdy turns from Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon[Variety]
An engaging and good-looking picture with two bright leading performances from Sheridan and Lofland.[The Guardian]