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  The Town

drama, romance


A bank robber falls in love with a former robbery hostage and decides he wants out of the life. With the Feds closing in he must choose: betray his friends or lose the woman he loves.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    94%
  • Audience Score
    84%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 16
Consumerism
1 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
5 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
0 out of 5
Sex
3 out of 5
Violence
4 out of 5

Strong, suspenseful, mature drama about a life of crime.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this gritty, tension-filled thriller directed by Ben Affleck about a crew of Boston bank robbers has plenty of excitement -- and plenty of graphic violence. The main characters are drawn into high-powered shoot-outs with the cops that leave several people dead or dying in pools of blood (two characters are shot in the head on screen). There are several bar scenes with a good bit of drinking, as well as near-constant swearing ("f--k" "s--t," and more). There are a few sex scenes, too, but, ultimately, it's the realistic, intense violence that parents really need to watch out for.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about "good guys" vs. "bad guys." Do you think someone who steals for a living should be portrayed as the "hero" of a movie? Do you think the criminals in this film come across as more competent than the cops?
  • Are there any obvious role models in this movie? What message do you think it's trying to send?
  • Do you think Doug MacRay is destined to become a bank robber like his father? How hard is it for him to escape this lifestyle?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    94%
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  • Audience

    84%

Audience Reviews

5 stars

Im suprised that Ben Affleck took the road, by no means has not done him good but he would be much more credited for making action films like this.

- scottgreen96, Saturday, March 24, 2012

3 stars

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- aquateen2, Saturday, August 31, 2013

3 stars

Ben Affleck and other actors who turned to directing,like Ron Howard,Costner or Redford have a common weak point and its that they cant be a visionary director,so their movies arent going to be memorable.But being both actor and director has some advantages such as compared to other directors they consider audience's intrests more in their movies and also they are very good in working with casting team and in The Town ensemble casting is the movie's distinguishing point.Affleck is a better director than an actor,directing was perfect and last third of the movie was very exciting.We can mention The Town as one of the best hesit movies of recent years.

- Alireza64ir, Tuesday, June 5, 2012