The Town

The Town

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The Town

Boston-set romantic thriller starring and directed by Ben Affleck. Based on the novel by Prince of Thieves by Chuck Hogan.

Doug (Affleck) is an unrepentant criminal, the de facto leader of a group of ruthless bank robbers who pride themselves in stealing what they want and getting out clean. A loner, Doug never has to fear losing anyone close to him until his gang's latest job, when they briefly took a hostage – bank manager, Claire (Rebecca Hall, Vicky Cristina Barcelona). Let her go unharmed, Claire is nervously aware that the robbers know her name and where she lives. She lets her guard down when she meets an unassuming fellow named Doug, not realising that he is the same man who only days earlier had terrorised her.

2010Rating: TBC125 minsUSA
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Variety

Variety

press

The behind-the-camera talent Ben Affleck displayed so bracingly in "Gone Baby Gone" is confirmed, if not significantly advanced, in The Town. Again proving a fine director of actors (this time with himself in a starring role), Affleck delivers another potent, serious-minded slice of pulp set on Boston's meanest streets, where loyalty among thieves runs thicker than blood.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

press

A solid, minor entry in the annals of Boston crime drama. Not as florid as "The Departed" or as sadly soulful as "The Friends of Eddie Coyle" - or even as sticky and gamy as "Gone Baby Gone," Mr. Affleck's previous film.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

Everything is here. It's an effective thriller, he (Affleck) works closely with actors, he has a feel for pacing. Yet I persist in finding chases and gun battles curiously boring.

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New York Daily News

New York Daily News

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Affleck keeps the film as fluid as the "Mystic River," and never forgets that Renner is his ace in the hole. The "Hurt Locker" star charges up every scene he's in with feral power, and is rewarded with one of the most exciting sequences seen in any action movie this decade.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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A fast-paced, character-driven heist movie that combines robberies with romance and solidifies Affleck's reputation as an actor with a genuine gift for directing.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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Affleck gets the tribalism of Boston's traditionally Irish-American enclaves; it's a defining force in his character's lives. But for all their well-played grit, those characters resolutely remain types, and for all the well-choreographed action, the outcome doesn't matter nearly as much as it should.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

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The Town is that rare beast, a grown-up genre flick, chock-full of compelling character dynamics and a clutch of pitch-perfect performances.

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Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

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While by no means faultless, The Town is a cut above the average crime drama.

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Review

A solid crime flick that benefits from brilliant performances, gritty violence and sharp dialogue. Renner and Affleck are particularly standouts. I would have like to have felt more of an emotional connection to the film and the film could have spent more time with some of the supporting characters.

4.0
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Solid film

This a decent film about bank robbers in boston. Doug Macray played by Ben Affleck leads a gang of bank robbers along with Jeremy Renner. The performances here are solid from Ben Affleck and Renner.There are some good action scenes here and good character development. John Hamm also does some good work here. I would recommend this film it is entertaining.

3.0
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Affleck brings the heat

Not a particularly memorable flick, but it still keeps you well engrossed for its duration, helped by some loud Heat-inspired street gun battles. Ben Affleck doesn't bring the emotional depth to this movie that he did to the superb Gone Baby Gone, and it's made poorer for his inability to have you believe that he's a young down and dirty crim looking for...

3.0
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Best movie I have seen all year!

Seriously good movie. Ben Affleck is the best he has been since Good Will Hunting!

5.0
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Awesome Crime Thriller

Not as good as Affleck's " Gone, Baby Gone" but definitely a future classic.

4.0
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Cops & robbers & romance. It worked!

Ben Affleck showcases his talent on both sides of the camera in this gritty thriller set in and around Boston's notorious Charlestown. A combination of action thriller and romantic drama, this movie worked for me. Affleck leads very capable supporting cast and I particularly enjoyed Mad Men's Jon Hamm in his portrayal of the FBI special agent hot on the...

4.0
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Loved It!

I thought this was a very good movie. You grow to like the main charachter even if he is a bank robber. I think Affleck did a great job in directing and even hubby liked it which is very rare!

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

The behind-the-camera talent Ben Affleck displayed so bracingly in "Gone Baby Gone" is confirmed, if not significantly advanced, in The Town. Again proving a fine director of actors (this time with himself in a starring role), Affleck delivers another potent, serious-minded slice of pulp set on Boston's meanest streets, where loyalty among thieves runs thicker than blood.

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

A solid, minor entry in the annals of Boston crime drama. Not as florid as "The Departed" or as sadly soulful as "The Friends of Eddie Coyle" - or even as sticky and gamy as "Gone Baby Gone," Mr. Affleck's previous film.

0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

Everything is here. It's an effective thriller, he (Affleck) works closely with actors, he has a feel for pacing. Yet I persist in finding chases and gun battles curiously boring.

0
New York Daily News

New York Daily News

press

Affleck keeps the film as fluid as the "Mystic River," and never forgets that Renner is his ace in the hole. The "Hurt Locker" star charges up every scene he's in with feral power, and is rewarded with one of the most exciting sequences seen in any action movie this decade.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

A fast-paced, character-driven heist movie that combines robberies with romance and solidifies Affleck's reputation as an actor with a genuine gift for directing.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Affleck gets the tribalism of Boston's traditionally Irish-American enclaves; it's a defining force in his character's lives. But for all their well-played grit, those characters resolutely remain types, and for all the well-choreographed action, the outcome doesn't matter nearly as much as it should.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

The Town is that rare beast, a grown-up genre flick, chock-full of compelling character dynamics and a clutch of pitch-perfect performances.

0
Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

While by no means faultless, The Town is a cut above the average crime drama.

0

Review

A solid crime flick that benefits from brilliant performances, gritty violence and sharp dialogue. Renner and Affleck are particularly standouts. I would have like to have felt more of an emotional connection to the film and the film could have spent more time with some of the supporting characters.

4.0
0

Solid film

This a decent film about bank robbers in boston. Doug Macray played by Ben Affleck leads a gang of bank robbers along with Jeremy Renner. The performances here are solid from Ben Affleck and Renner.There are some good action scenes here and good character development. John Hamm also does some good work here. I would recommend this film it is entertaining.

3.0
0

Affleck brings the heat

Not a particularly memorable flick, but it still keeps you well engrossed for its duration, helped by some loud Heat-inspired street gun battles. Ben Affleck doesn't bring the emotional depth to this movie that he did to the superb Gone Baby Gone, and it's made poorer for his inability to have you believe that he's a young down and dirty crim looking for...

3.0
0

Best movie I have seen all year!

Seriously good movie. Ben Affleck is the best he has been since Good Will Hunting!

5.0
0

Awesome Crime Thriller

Not as good as Affleck's " Gone, Baby Gone" but definitely a future classic.

4.0
0

Cops & robbers & romance. It worked!

Ben Affleck showcases his talent on both sides of the camera in this gritty thriller set in and around Boston's notorious Charlestown. A combination of action thriller and romantic drama, this movie worked for me. Affleck leads very capable supporting cast and I particularly enjoyed Mad Men's Jon Hamm in his portrayal of the FBI special agent hot on the...

4.0
0

Loved It!

I thought this was a very good movie. You grow to like the main charachter even if he is a bank robber. I think Affleck did a great job in directing and even hubby liked it which is very rare!

4.0
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