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The Town

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United States · 2010
2h 5m
Director Ben Affleck
Starring Ben Affleck, Rebecca Hall, Jeremy Renner, Jon Hamm
Genre Crime, Drama, Thriller

Doug MacRay is a longtime thief looking for his chance to exit the game. When a bank robbery leads to his crew kidnapping a branch manager, he becomes responsible for monitoring her, but their burgeoning relationship could threaten his teams newest job, robbing Fenway Park.

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The Hollywood Reporter by

Affleck gets the tribalism of Boston's traditionally Irish-American enclaves; it's a defining force in his character's lives. But for all their well-played grit, those characters resolutely remain types, and for all the well-choreographed action, the outcome doesn't matter nearly as much as it should.


The New Yorker by Anthony Lane

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. [20 Sept. 2010, p. 120]


Variety by Justin Chang

The behind-the-camera talent Ben Affleck displayed so bracingly in "Gone Baby Gone" is confirmed, if not significantly advanced, in The Town. Again proving a fine director of actors (this time with himself in a starring role), Affleck delivers another potent, serious-minded slice of pulp set on Boston's meanest streets, where loyalty among thieves runs thicker than blood.


Time Out by Keith Uhlich

There's more than a few things off in this tale of a disillusioned professional thief (Affleck, dull), his unlikely inamorata (Hall, wasted) and the determined FBI agent (Hamm, solid) out to apprehend him.


Boxoffice Magazine by Pete Hammond

If "Heat" and "The Departed" had a baby, the result might come close to The Town, a riveting and explosive crime thriller and one of the year's best pictures.


Boston Globe by Ty Burr

A pretty decent crime drama - not a patch on the best parts of his directorial debut, 2007's "Gone Baby Gone,'' but it's moody and grim and engrossing if you approach it with the right expectations.

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