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The Mule Reviews

September 12, 2019
I think that there's a sweetness to some of the film... There is a certain self-criticism built into the role as it goes along.
January 27, 2019
Watching this movie is like checking the news after popping a Xanax. The world's going to hell in a handcart. But it's all good.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 24, 2019
It's a winningly soft-hearted tale of a hard-hearted world, though, and one that never takes itself too seriously.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 24, 2019
Eastwood's performance is very enjoyable in a mischievous, Grampa Simpson-like way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 24, 2019
It's one of those star vehicles that's simply content to pick its own pace, and here there's never much risk of it suddenly breaking the speed limit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 23, 2019
The Mule is no better than it should be, except for that precious 90 per cent of its duration when its star is on its screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 23, 2019
It's a watchable movie, loosely based on a true story; there's a nice storytelling swing to it and Eastwood is frankly far more interesting than Robert Redford was in his recent swansong.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 3, 2019
The Mule thrives in teasing ambiguity...For decades now, Eastwood has been one of the great interrogators of American social mores.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 21, 2018
This movie is as much a eulogy for a country that Eastwood sees as slowly crumbling as it is for the life Earl chose to lead.
December 16, 2018
A little nuance and it could have gotten there, but Eastwood's already moving on.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
December 14, 2018
Tonally, this thing is a disaster, and you can only conclude that its maker, capable of sharp ironies as recently as 2014's American Sniper, didn't fully digest the material.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
December 14, 2018
There's nothing heroic about Earl, but in Eastwood's 38th film as a director, he makes the character a felonious centerpiece as likable as anyone could ever imagine.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 14, 2018
The story at its core deals with matters that have long been Mr. Eastwood's professional, and clearly personal, concern... When the old man finally mans up to his failings, the movie succeeds with special poignancy.
December 14, 2018
The Mule repeatedly spells out and hammers home its message about the importance of family, but it ultimately rings hollow.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 14, 2018
There's an interesting movie, or five movies, stashed away somewhere in The Mule. Good luck to those hoping to sniff it out.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 13, 2018
It's the detours on Eastwood's road movie- the stops along the way that show an old man dealing with the dim possibilities of change near the end of his life - that reveal this drug-mule-in-winter drama as a deeply personal reckoning.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
December 13, 2018
A spry, funny, moving film that never heads in the direction in which it looks like it's about to head, kind of like its protagonist.
December 13, 2018
An entertaining enough offbeat crime comedy/drama featuring an amazing cast - led by the grizzled, shuffling, mumbling, wisecracking old dog playing the lead.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 13, 2018
Because the movie never builds to something greater than its parts, Eastwood ends up blowing raspberries and floundering for meaning in a void.
December 13, 2018
A man's restless quest for meaning and connection in an increasingly illogical and divided America.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 13, 2018
For one thing, though the feeling sneaks up on you, "The Mule" has an unexpected emotional kick.
December 13, 2018
Both tender apologia and vigorous justification, Clint Eastwood's "The Mule" is a deeply, fascinatingly personal meditation from the 88-year-old director who, like his aged drug mule protagonist, has spent a long time on the road.
December 13, 2018
The embarrassing drama - offensive, clunky, poorly written - sullies Eastwood's storied legacy, and makes great actors such as Bradley Cooper and Dianne Wiest come off like amateurs.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
December 13, 2018
The storytelling - and Eastwood's own mulish, nostalgic longing for an America of, by and for guys who look like Clint Eastwood - turns terrific raw material into what feels like one fib, duck and dodge after another.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
December 13, 2018
Plays less like the clever action film it is than like a personal work-a movie of self-retrospection with a resonant, romantic air of regret.
December 13, 2018
The retro pandering of The Mule is so clunky it's poignant.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
December 12, 2018
A modest but reasonably suspenseful and abidingly eerie portrait of the aged white American male trying vainly to forestall rejection and irrelevance.
December 12, 2018
By the end of the boring, racist melodrama that is "The Mule," thinking twice doesn't even seem worth the effort.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
December 12, 2018
Eastwood probably just knows that Earl's story is a great one and that he's just the man to tell it. He happens to be right on both counts.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 12, 2018
This isn't the role that will earn Eastwood a legion of new fans, but it's almost sure to delight those who appreciate him already.
December 12, 2018
It finds Eastwood performing (both as actor and director) in two of his most comfortable modes: ambling low-key pulp and quiet regretful elegy.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
December 12, 2018
Another mostly solid notch in a career built on making many of life's notches feel like scars.
December 12, 2018
"The Mule" sees Eastwood still playing to type as the rugged American male. What's impressive is how gracefully he's aging into the role and, at 88, even stretching himself slightly as an actor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 12, 2018
Eastwood's latest thriller is a tender, conflicted, and sometimes very funny meditation on what America conditions people to want for themselves - on how natural it can be to forget who you are in a country where work is an identity unto itself.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
December 12, 2018
As a drama, it's frustratingly insubstantial, failing to provide enough of an emotional centre or a convincing payoff.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 12, 2018
Less cranky and inciting than Gran Torino but persuasively expressive in conveying an old man's regrets along with his desire to improve himself even in late age, The Mule shows that Eastwood's still got it, both as a director and actor.