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511 Ratings


Directed by Dee Rees
United States, 2017


Two men return home from World War II to work on a farm in rural Mississippi where they struggle to deal with racism and adjusting to life after war.

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Mudbound Directed by Dee Rees

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2018 | 4 nominations including: Best Supporting Actress

Independent Spirit Awards

2018 | Winner: Robert Altman Award

When the townspeople inevitably don their Ku Klux Klan hoods the film kicks into high melodrama, but so many terrible things had already happened by then that I, like a farm implement, was worn down. 
April 19, 2018
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The film is ambitious in its visual style as well as its narrative structure, with rich, dark cinematography (by Rachel Morrison) and detailed production design (by David J. Bomba) that convey the weight of history. Though it was shot in wide-screen and features plenty of landscape shots, the predominant feeling is one of confinement—the interiors are generally cramped and overstuffed, and the social codes, which determine much of the onscreen behavior, are inflexible.
December 05, 2017
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There is, perhaps, something deterministic about the way that Mudbound grinds forward towards tragedy – a lack of spontaneity that could strike some viewers as properly solemn and others as boringly stolid. But Rees . . . controls the material smartly instead of getting stifled by it. She makes directorial choices that lean into the inexorability of the narrative, arranging her images with a stark, mythic clarity that suggests a modern parable without undermining the general sense of realism.
November 22, 2017
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What are people saying?

  • chanandre's rating of the film Mudbound

    [Tears still raining down]Here's to Ronsel finding happiness and managing to rejoin Resl + lil' Franz in Germany. Here's to racist pigs choking to death and rapists being slaughtered sans pity. Here's to feminism & equal opportunity despite 'ethnic' background or gender. Here's to Mary J. Blige's Oscar. Here's me spitting in the face of the voters for not nominating Dee Rees for Best Picture and Best D I R E C T O R▽

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film Mudbound

    As Norma Desmond said, "I *am* big! It's the pictures that got small." Mudbound is a Big Picture shrunk down for Netflix, but even setting that aside, it wastes what it does well—a multitude of perspectives—by sinking into melodrama that feels like our era's version of an earlier era's version of an earlier era. Not without some impact, but 40% of it could have sprung from the collective unconscious of Oscar season.

  • Michael H. CLAES's rating of the film Mudbound

    Except for C. MULLIGAN, the acting qualities were on the black cast rather on the white one. Jonathan BANKS (as unbearable as usual) plays an old pain on the ass, agressive with the black farmers working for the family & even with his 2 sons. À l'exception de C. MULLIGAN, les qualités d'acteur étaient pr le casting noir plutôt que le blanc. BANKS (le vieux flic de Breaking Bad) est aussi insupportable que d'habitude.

  • msmichel's rating of the film Mudbound

    The Toronto festival programmer noted that the film reveals the crack in the foundation of America. A crack? How about a bottomless pit of racism and hatred that time has done nothing to fill and current political climes nurture. The film itself is a somewhat by the numbers adaptation of the novel featuring some interesting character performances but nary enough depth in scripting to overcome its weaknesses.

  • Jason's rating of the film Mudbound

    Though "important" movies engineered to win awards and pamper self-congratulatory, middlebrow liberal audiences are probably the kind of movie I am most congenitally predisposed to balk at, I am often interested to see what they will do (almost entirely from a sociological standpoint). MUDBOUND is actually fascinating despite leading us inexorably into overblown apotheosis. Some imagination, very strong cast.

  • Tiago Gonçalves's rating of the film Mudbound

    Rees offers an impartial view on intemporal issues like racial inequality, misogyny and family values, but there's something here that screams TV film to me...

  • ig_____or's rating of the film Mudbound

    Dee Rees is a treasure. This portrait of desolated souls and places in rural USA during and after WWII was beautiful. Jonathan Banks' KKK heinous patriarch was a scene-stealer, Mulligan expresses sadness through her eyes like no other actress and Garrett Hedlund was a doll. Oh, and preach it MJ Blige!

  • HenriqueA's rating of the film Mudbound

    I wanted to like it and I ended up liking it more than I thought I could. It is beautiful and pretty fucking ugly. It talks about a lot of what is wrong today without a hint of hamfisted politics or emotional manipulation. I can't single out anyone in this powerful cast, but all the kudos in the world for Dee Rees, Mako Kamitsuna and Rachel Morrison.

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