"...MYSTIC RIVER is a dark masterpiece that can stand with UNFORGIVEN. It takes a piece out of you..."
"...Magnificent....Eastwood directs MYSTIC RIVER with an invigorated grace and gravitas. This is a true American beauty of a movie..."
"...The real strength of MYSTIC RIVER is what's underneath the story -- the hearts and souls of the characters which are fearlessly and thoroughly plumbed by the cast..."
"...Brian Hegeland's script and Eastwood's controlled direction strike just the right balance, giving the actors room to work -- Penn's brimming rage is terrifying, his pain heartbreaking..."
"MYSTIC RIVER is a major American motion picture, an overpowering piece of work that involves some of the most basic human emotions..."Los Angeles Times
"...Brooding and bursting with ambition that is substantially fulfilled..."
"...Its care lies in performance, tone and theme....Eastwood's tone is mournful, autumnal..."Sight and Sound