Mudbound (2017) on Netflix

Mudbound (2017)


Critics Consensus: Mudbound offers a well-acted, finely detailed snapshot of American history whose scenes of rural class struggle resonate far beyond their period setting.


User Ratings: 1,162

Movie Info

Set in the rural American South during World War II, Dee Rees’ Mudbound is an epic story of two families pitted against one another by a ruthless social hierarchy, yet bound together by the shared farmland of the Mississippi Delta. Mudbound follows the McAllan family, newly transplanted from the quiet civility of Memphis and unprepared for the harsh demands of farming. Despite the grandiose dreams of Henry, his wife Laura struggles to keep the faith in her husband’s losing venture. Meanwhile, Hap and Florence Jackson – sharecroppers who have worked the land for generations – struggle bravely to build a small dream of their own despite the rigidly enforced social barriers they face. The war upends both families’ plans as their returning loved ones, Jamie McAllan and Ronsel Jackson, forge a fast but uneasy friendship that challenges the brutal realities of the Jim Crow South in which they live.


Carey Mulligan
as Laura McAllan

Jason Clarke
as Henry McAllan

Mary J. Blige
as Florence Jackson

Rob Morgan
as Hap Jackson

Jason Mitchell
as Ronsel Jackson

Garrett Hedlund
as Jamie McAllan

Jonathan Banks
as Pappy McAllan

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Critic Reviews for Mudbound

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (11)

The poverty on the farm is visceral. No matter what stations in life these characters hold, they are painted in mud, and no amount of money can save them from it.

October 5, 2017 | Full Review…
April Wolfe
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

Mudbound (remember that title!) is a handsomely made, urgently relevant drama… unfolding with both a Faulkner-like lyricism and a cutting contemporary resonance.

February 22, 2017 | Full Review…
Alison Willmore
BuzzFeed News
Top Critic

Rees’s magic touch as a filmmaker … is powered by her ability to break her characters open one by one and reveal their souls.

January 30, 2017 | Full Review…
Tomris Laffly
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

A sprawling, ambitious drama, filled with multiple character viewpoints and arcs, and yet always so confidently conveyed that one never loses the humanity at its core.

January 25, 2017 | Full Review…
Brian Tallerico
Top Critic

While Mudbound is rooted in a precise historical moment, it’s also a sobering commentary on timeless struggles.

January 25, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Eric Kohn
Top Critic

Its vision of a world where class, cowardice, and extremism circumscribe our common humanity is devastating.

January 25, 2017 | Full Review…
Bilge Ebiri
Village Voice
Top Critic
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