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The Town [2010]


According to the film, Charlestown, MA is home to more bank robbers and armored car thieves than any other place in America, and a longtime criminal (Ben Affleck) and his buddies are being pursued by a tenacious FBI agent (Jon Hamm) while they plan their next heist. Also with Rebecca Hall, Jeremy Renner, Slaine, Owen Burke, Blake Lively, Titus Welliver and Pete Postlethwaite. Directed by Ben Affleck. [2:04 - R]


thumbs up

"A rich, dark, pulpy mess of entanglements that fulfills all the requirements of the genre, and is told with an ease and gusto that make the pulp tasty"

- Lisa Schwarzbaum

thumbs down

"...the virus of celebrity certainty can be difficult to treat and almost impossible to cure, and he needs an immediate intervention. So, Ben: I love you, but your movie's kinda stupid. Go make a better one. You'll thank me for this one day."

- Andrew O'Hehir



Lisa Schwarzbaum | Entertainment Weekly
Pete Hammond | Boxoffice Magazine
Joe Morgenstern | Wall Street Journal
Peter Travers | Rolling Stone
Lou Lumenick | New York Post
Claudia Puig | USA Today
Mark Salisbury | Premiere
Roger Moore | Orlando Sentinel
Mike Scott | New Orleans Times-Picayune
Jeannette Catsoulis | NPR
Michelle Orange | Movieline
Joe Neumaier | New York Daily News
Ian Freer | Empire
Bill Goodykoontz | Arizona Republic
David Edelstein | New York Magazine
Kenneth Turan | Los Angeles Times
Caryn James | Newsweek
Mary Pols | Time
Justin Chang | Variety
J.R. Jones | Chicago Reader
Kimberley Jones | Austin Chronicle
Roger Ebert | Chicago Sun-Times
Rene Rodriguez | Miami Herald
Steven Rea | Philadelphia Inquirer
Amy Biancolli | San Francisco Chronicle
Ann Hornaday | Washington Post
Ty Burr | Boston Globe
James Berardinelli | ReelViews
Liam Lacey | The Globe and Mail
Lawrence Toppman | Charlotte Observer
Joe Williams | St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Steve Persall | St. Petersburg Times
Peter Rainer | Christian Science Monitor
Nick Pinkerton | Village Voice
A.O. Scott | The New York Times
Anthony Lane | The New Yorker
Michael Phillips | Chicago Tribune
Sheri Linden | Hollywood Reporter
Keith Uhlich | Time Out New York
Dana Stevens | Slate
Andrew O'Hehir | Salon.com

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