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The Town (2010)



Average Rating: 7.7/10
Reviews Counted: 213
Fresh: 200 | Rotten: 13

Tense, smartly written, and wonderfully cast, The Town proves that Ben Affleck has rediscovered his muse -- and that he's a director to be reckoned with.


Average Rating: 7.6/10
Critic Reviews: 42
Fresh: 38 | Rotten: 4

Tense, smartly written, and wonderfully cast, The Town proves that Ben Affleck has rediscovered his muse -- and that he's a director to be reckoned with.



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Boston bank robber Doug MacRay (Ben Affleck) falls for a woman his gang had previously taken hostage after feigning a chance meeting with her to ensure that she can't identify them in Affleck's adaptation of author Chuck Hogan's novel Prince of Thieves. The son of a tough Charlestown, MA thief, Doug passed on his chance to walk the straight and narrow in favor of becoming a career bank robber. Not only is Doug's crew one of the most ruthless in Boston, but they're also one of the best; they


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Ben Affleck

Dec 17, 2010


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All Critics (213) | Top Critics (42) | Fresh (200) | Rotten (13) | DVD (2)

Affleck, often underrated as an actor, fits effortlessly into this milieu.

September 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Comments (3)
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Feels all but indistinguishable from the thousands of similar films that have blazed a trail before it.

September 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comment (1)
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As a director, Affleck now has two home runs in two at-bats. This is one of the best movies of the year.

September 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Richard | Comments (11)
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An autopsy for The Town would list multiple causes of death.

September 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Slate | Comments (50)
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Affleck's direction is clipped when the plot requires, but he lingers on character-driven scenes (at a garden, a restaurant, a corner) in no apparent rush. Why hurry, after all? He's arrived.

September 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
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Essential viewing for connoisseurs of dropped r's, close-cropped hair and aerial views of the city that used to call itself the hub of the universe.

September 17, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The Town may not be perfect, but Affleck does a lot of things right, including picking some great actors and letting them do their jobs to deliver fine performances.

January 5, 2014 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
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Assured, confident direction by Affleck, terrifically paced action sequences and brilliant use of location turn The Town into a truly enjoyable movie.

November 9, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

One of the great modern heist pictures.

January 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Nation
Movie Nation

Action can be difficult for someone not experienced with it. Yet, Affleck shows that he's more than up to the task.

September 23, 2012 Full Review Source:

'The Town' hits not one false note, despite a plot that easily could have come across as contrived.

November 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

Because this all revolves around Affleck, The Town is a curiosity; directed by him under another name and it would be forgettable.

August 18, 2011 Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm

Ben Affleck may not be his generation's best actor, but he is quickly becoming one of its best directors.

August 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

If it just stuck to its guns The Town would be a fun, engaging heist film, but by reaching for more it ends up achieving less.

March 21, 2011 Full Review Source:

The Town isn't original in any sense of the word, but Affleck does a marvelous job executing all of the pieces and is easily one of the best films of 2010.

February 27, 2011 Full Review Source: Eclipse Magazine
Eclipse Magazine

A grade A crime thriller.

February 24, 2011 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed | Comments (6)
Cinema Crazed

One of those rare cases that the previews are actually as good as the movie.

January 3, 2011 Full Review Source:

A film can only be as riveting as its ability to have the audience believe or suspend belief, and though The Town takes steps toward authenticity, it fails to meet even the basic requirements of plausibility.

December 30, 2010 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

A crime thriller that is good more of the time than it's not, but suffers from the fact it should've been great.

December 25, 2010 Full Review Source:

A solid crime drama, with shades of Michael Mann's Heat, but a sluggish pace and meandering middle drag things down a little.

December 24, 2010 Full Review Source: IGN DVD

... a well-tooled thriller with a tough edge and an impressive professionalism.

December 21, 2010 Full Review Source:

The movie's thrills are old-fashioned and assured.

December 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

Despite its gritty feel and appearance, it's a romantic heist picture at heart.

December 12, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

The cast is uniformly game, restrained, earthy, and will probably prove superior to at least half of those nominated for Oscars next year.

November 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Projection Booth
Projection Booth

full review at Movies for the Masses

November 20, 2010 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

Ben Affleck has matured as an actor and serves up what is arguably his best performance to date.

November 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Palo Alto Weekly
Palo Alto Weekly

Audience Reviews for The Town

This is a very well written, very intense crime drama about people who are born, raised, and killed in a town brimming with crime. The performances are solid all across the board. It is hard to pinpoint specific things that are wrong with this movie which is why I don't find it hard to believe that it scored so highly. However, I think this movie lacks the dramatic punch to make it incredibly memorable. In a sense, alienating some of the critics by going for something very cinematic would've made the movie "worse" but a lot grander. The Dark Knight Rises is a very good movie that opts for this strategy, and I enjoyed that movie a lot more. I also think that the movie's lack of dramatic punch was the reason we didn't really see this movie produce during awards season (despite Jeremy Renner's excellent work).
September 12, 2014
Nikhil N.
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A crew of professional thieves are threatened by the FBI agent pursuing them when he realises that the gang's mastermind has engaged in a relationship with a potential witness. I was extremely impressed with Ben Affleck's directorial debut Gone Baby Gone and was looking forward to this one immensely. This may have coloured my viewpoint slightly, but I found it a little bit of a let down. It's not that it's in any way bad; on the contrary, it's an extremely well engineered heist movie with a full compliment of solid performances, well written characters and dialogue. It's just missing that spark of originality and inspiration that made his previous film something special. It clearly takes a lot of cues from Heat, but the rather generic plot means it is a rather less layered and complex affair. It's still easily one of the best examples of the genre since Mann's film was released and is well worth seeing; I was just hoping for a little more. No pleasing some people...
October 8, 2013
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August 31, 2013
Directors Cat
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Suspenseful. Worth watching.
November 21, 2012

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    1. James Coughlin: If we get jammed up, we're holding court on the street.
    – Submitted by Max T (5 months ago)
    1. Doug MacRay: Hey, Fergie. Remember who clipped your nuts for you.
    – Submitted by Moe J (19 months ago)
    1. Doug MacRay: No matter how much you change, you still have to pay the price for the things you've done.
    – Submitted by Swayamdeep S (19 months ago)
    1. Doug MacRay: Rusty. Something went wrong. Come here. [Rusty leans in and Doug shoots him in the head]
    – Submitted by Moe J (20 months ago)
    1. Doug MacRay: Everyday people wake up and say they're going to change their lives but never do. I'm making a change.
    – Submitted by Ewan R (24 months ago)
    1. Doug MacRay: Who the fuck do you think you are? You wanna let me or not let me do shit, alright? Here's a little fucking cheat sheet for ya: it's never gonna be me, and you, and your sista', and Shyne, fucking playin' 'House' up there! Alright? You got it? Get that in your fuckin' head!
    – Submitted by Nik M (2 years ago)
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