The Mule (2018)

The Mule (2018)

The Mule (2018)

Clint Eastwood reunites with the writer of 2009's Gran Torino to direct and star in this crime drama about an elderly war veteran who smuggles cocaine through Michigan for a Mexican drug cartel. Co-stars Oscar nominees Bradley Cooper and Laurence Fishburne, as well as Michael Peña (Ant-Man) and Taissa Farmiga (The Nun).

Eastwood stars as Earl Stone, a man in his 80s who is broke, alone, and facing foreclosure of his business when he is offered a job that simply requires him to drive. Easy enough, but, unbeknownst to Earl, he’s just signed on as a drug courier for a Mexican cartel. He does well—so well, in fact, that his cargo increases exponentially, and Earl is assigned a handler. But he isn’t the only one keeping tabs on Earl; the mysterious new drug mule has also hit the radar of hard-charging DEA agent Colin Bates (Cooper). And even as his money problems become a thing of the past, Earl’s past mistakes start to weigh heavily on him, and it’s uncertain if he’ll have time to right those wrongs before law enforcement, or the cartel’s enforcers, catch up to him.

2018Rating: M, Coarse language and nudity116 minsUSA
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The Mule (2018) / Reviews

Flicks, Adam Fresco

Flicks, Adam Fresco

Clint Eastwood reunites with the writer of 2009's Gran Torino to direct and star in this crime drama about an elderly war veteran who smuggles cocaine through Michigan for a Mexican drug cartel.

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Variety

Variety

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.

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Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair

I am a fan of Eastwood's films, which means I've learned to value the fact that they are more nuanced than Eastwood's public statements about his political beliefs.

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Time Out

Time Out

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.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Because the movie never builds to something greater than its parts, Eastwood ends up blowing raspberries and floundering for meaning in a void.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

As a drama, it's frustratingly insubstantial, failing to provide enough of an emotional centre or a convincing payoff.

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Stuff

Stuff

The Mule is a cloth-eared vanity project with little of Eastwood's trademark wit or grudging humanity to commend it.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

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.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

Although there's a spare, basic quality to The Mule, it remains undeniably watchable throughout and generates some degree of tension. Clint has cinema in his veins, and it shows here.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

For one thing, though the feeling sneaks up on you, "The Mule" has an unexpected emotional kick.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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.

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