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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

0 star

Here is a real cops and robbers turkey. A film lacking any originality or fresh idea. Ben Affleck's second effort as a director is like a mixture of a bad episode of some random cop-series and wannabe version of Michael Mann's Heat with laughably over the top machismo. There is no element that would make The Town memorable. It is a film full of cliches and typical action chases. As i said it's setting plays out like a poorly made version of Michael Mann's Heat. I just don't know why Affleck is so desperately trying to make himself a credible director. It is unbelievable how many critics has hailed his work. I mean if you look at The Town close enough, you just can't find any original element in it. Everyhing we see here seems lifted from earlier similiar cops & robbers story. it is kinda sad and even a bit funny how desperately this film wants to be tough. We get shoot-outs, snipers, cops, robbers, car chases, more shooting, another chase and wait...some more shooting. The Town is one of the worst entries into the crime-genre in recent years and one dull experience to sit through. Avoid!

- emilkakko, Sunday, June 24, 2012

0 star

Here is a real cops and robbers turkey. A film lacking any originality or fresh idea. Ben Affleck's second effort as a director is like a mixture of a bad episode of some random cop-series and wannabe version of Michael Mann's Heat with laughably over the top machismo. There is no element that would make The Town memorable. It is a film full of cliches and typical action chases. As i said it's setting plays out like a poorly made version of Michael Mann's Heat. I just don't know why Affleck is so desperately trying to make himself a credible director. It is unbelievable how many critics has hailed his work. I mean if you look at The Town close enough, you just can't find any original element in it. Everyhing we see here seems lifted from earlier similiar cops & robbers story. it is kinda sad and even a bit funny how desperately this film wants to be tough. We get shoot-outs, snipers, cops, robbers, car chases, more shooting, another chase and wait...some more shooting. The Town is one of the worst entries into the crime-genre in recent years and one dull experience to sit through. Avoid!

- emilkakko, Sunday, June 24, 2012

3 stars

Reminded me of the Inside Man and the Bandits. Ben Affleck plays a bad guy. He is a bank robber who seeks out a bank manager whom his gang had taken hostage in a robbery. Long drawn out and violent movie.

- thmtsang, Sunday, January 1, 2012