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.
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Critic Reviews for Mudbound
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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.
Mudbound (remember that title!) is a handsomely made, urgently relevant drama… unfolding with both a Faulkner-like lyricism and a cutting contemporary resonance.
Rees’s magic touch as a filmmaker … is powered by her ability to break her characters open one by one and reveal their souls.
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.
While Mudbound is rooted in a precise historical moment, it’s also a sobering commentary on timeless struggles.
Its vision of a world where class, cowardice, and extremism circumscribe our common humanity is devastating.