Critic Consensus: Where Chrystal's going isn't always clear, but this slow-burning story proves effective -- and marks writer-director-star McKinnon as a multi-hyphenated talent to watch.
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Critic Reviews for Chrystal
Chrystal unravels a bit toward the end as it becomes more fable-like, but the performances make it worthwhile.
Respectable piece of work is reasonably involving if not compelling.
It's meandering and uneven, but much of it is powerfully effective and affecting.
Even those impatient viewers who feel like they're watching paint dry will admit that the colors are beautiful.
An oddly beautiful film.
Audience Reviews for Chrystal
Ray McKinnon's Chrystal is a real undiscovered gem. Starring McKinnon's now-deceased wife Lisa Blount and Billy Bob Thornton, Chrystal is a startlingly real story of pain and redemption set in the "wild" backwoods of Arkansas. With its powerful themes and emotional scars, fans of Sling Blade should appreciate this film equally. It is no caricature. I loved the setting, characters, and issues, but the pace was uneven, At times I thought this was a brilliant film, and at others I thought it ponderous. The film is also "wild" in many senses; it features picturesque scenery and savage yet eerily accurate characters. Lisa Blount is wonderful; I'd like to see more of her roles. McKinnon is gifted also; I have seen him play a wide variety of characters. Chrystal's bluegrass musical background is a great addition and even steals a few scenes. This is a traumatic journey, not for the prudish or squeamish. It represents outstanding independent filmmaking.
A really great movie. It starts out a little weird, like you don't know what you're getting yourself into, but it is definately worth it. You become really invested in the characters (especially the dog!)
This movie was so boring! It never picked up. Do not waste your time.
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