The Town Reviews

  • The Town is a thrilling actioner, but deeply personal and moving as well. Ben Affleck takes a giant leap forward as an artist with this film.

    Julian Roman — MovieWeb

  • A rich, dark, pulpy mess of entanglements that fulfills all the requirements of the genre, and is told with an ease and gusto that make the pulp tasty.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • 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.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • Though the narrative is a conventional one, the well-acted, suspenseful story deals in fascinatingly murky morality and mines intriguing material from a historic and complex city.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • Affleck made a quietly astonishing directorial debut a few years ago with the taut, atmospheric mystery Gone Baby Gone. With The Town, he proves he's no one-hit wonder.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • If Affleck's doing a riff on the sexy, doom-laden antiheroes of '40s film noir, Renner's doing straight-up Cagney, and he's the most watchable thing in the movie.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • It misses on the big emotional gut-punch -- but it's good enough at least that you wish it was better.

    Nick Pinkerton — Village Voice

  • The Town marks spotty-careered actor Ben Affleck's second time directing -- and with this deft crime drama, he more than proves that he deserves to sit behind the camera.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • Ben Affleck works both sides of the camera to impressive effect in The Town, a dramatic thriller that fulfills its considerable ambitions.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • 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.

    Amy Biancolli — Houston Chronicle

  • The Town doesn't reinvent the wheel. It just does what it does with great conviction and a sky-high level of execution. It also forges ahead with one of the best Hollywood second-act stories in recent memory.

    Chris Vognar — Dallas Morning News

  • Ben Affleck's follow-up to his gritty directorial debut, Gone Baby Gone, proves the actor/director/co-writer is here, baby, here to stay.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • The Town digs a little deeper under its genre conventions and character commonplaces to work its way to being a very satisfying and unexpectedly moving experience.

    Glenn Kenny — MSN Movies

  • Affleck the movie director makes you truly, badly want his bunch of ne'er-do-wells to pull off their heists without a scratch, and you can't ask for much more than that.

    Anthony Lane — New Yorker

  • Here is a well-made crime procedural, and audiences are likely to enjoy it at that level, but perhaps the mechanics of movie crime got in the way of Affleck's higher ambitions.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • There's a decent movie in The Town, though this adaptation of the Chuck Hogan novel Prince of Thieves stretches out to a misjudged 130 minutes.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • This second feature doesn't resonate with nearly as much power, but its suspenseful story of two generations of career criminals in the city's northerly Charlestown neighborhood has a similarly haunting quality.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • Affleck works the familiar turf of a cops-and-robbers thriller but populates it with characters who come convincingly, and often creepily, to life.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • As an action movie, The Town is good. But as a moody character study, it can be mesmerizing.

    Tom Horgen — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • A gritty, well-made heist flick weighed down by obvious story progression.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

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