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Strong performances in grim, violent revenge tale.

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Teen, 17 years old Written byB-KMastah December 28, 2013

Perfectly acceptable. But nothing more.

This is almost like two different movies, not so much because of narrative, but because the first half is sketchy as hell and actually really boring. Nothing about the second half is new, per say, but at least it becomes much more solid. The writing is meh, characters aren't terrifically developed, and when they are, it feels obliged (specifically Woody Harrelson's first scene; it's way over the top just so we know he's a horrible person). Everyone does really well, though, which almost redeems the hallow writing and loose threads. 6.6/10, okay, one thumb in the middle, average, etc.
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Too much violence
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Teen, 15 years old Written byStevie111 December 6, 2013

Quite sad story but good showing of just how much hardsjip one man can take

The movie told a sad story of what it's like for all of a man's favorite things crumbling around him. Graphically violent and intense, and there is strong language and some heavy drug scenes. It's good, but emotional
What other families should know
Great messages
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Adult Written byBestPicture1996 July 18, 2014

Grim, bleak film with strong acting work

You know any movie the selective Christian Bale chooses has to be of at least some substance, and this is a pretty good movie. Scott Cooper maintains his current directorial theme of looking at characters seeking redemption, living on the very hard sides of life. But some of the storytelling is flawed, elements like Russell's time lapse in prison and the inclusion of the dying father (it did nothing to further the story, it just made it that much sadder). If there ever was a bright side to this though, it's the trio of male leads that elevate this material so much, especially Affleck and Harrelson. Affleck plays Randy, Russell's scrappy soldier brother with clear symptoms of PTSD..and phew, Harrelson plays Harlan, an absolute violent psychopath. He's not cartoony a bad guy, he's just a really, really despicable backwoods country villain. You'll remember their performances the most.
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Too much violence
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Adult Written bywhysoserious2 September 10, 2015

Grim and violent revenge story

I had high expectations but I found the movie pretty boring. It was really slow in the beginning but later it became more interesting. Extremely violent - brutal fight scenes! The performances are very strong. It's a dark and serious story about the hardships in an ordinary man's life.
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Too much violence
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Teen, 13 years old Written byMar_ June 28, 2014

Grim, Slow, but enjoyable

The plot starts off slow, and at some points it is predictable, but a couple of interesting twists, and faster paced dark turns of events save it from being too boring. At some points, things are unclear. Readers should know that this movie is dark, grim, and serious. The acting, especially the performance of Casey Affleck, is very good, but not perfect. The score is good, although after a while it becomes repetitive and monotonous. This movie, while being a good movie, is slow starting, and very grim. It clearly lives up to its R rating, and is targeted mainly at adults. I would recommend this movie, but only to adults; your average, action-loving teen would most likely find this movie boring, and possibly disturbing.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking