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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

The Town, is simple words, is not what I expected. In a so-so way. I guess what I did was expect way to much out of a movie that was supposed to be taken as an average film, but when you saw it you experienced something else. What I supposedly thought was that this film was an amazing heist viewing experience, a fast-paced exciting action film with illustriously amazing drama and emotional touches. But what I got was three suspenseful robberies with a bunch of annoying Jon Hamm and some intense dialogue here and there. But other than that, this movie was fine to me. It seemed like an every day average film. the acting was alright, and Jeremy Renner had the best acting indeed, but in my opinion it was still average acting. I loved the action sequences the most, with a hell of a lot of suspense and a bunch of gun shooting. My favorite robberies, though, in my opinion had to be the first and second one. I just couldn't love the last one, for I think it dragged out to long but it was nice. The car chase was the best action scene in the whole movie. Every turn was an great thrill ride for me, and I was extremely disappointed when it ended. One thing I think made people love this movie a lot was the emotional relationship within it. I didn't like it all that much, for I thought that falling in love with a former hostage was a bit cheesy and kind of predictable. I didn't enjoy Rebecca Hall's acting at all, and thought she could've done a much better job. Jon Hamm was flat out annoying, and I couldn't get used to his pathetic Boston accent. But Blake Lavely did a nice job as a former prostitute, and I have to give her credit for that. The cinematography was excellent, and so were the aerial views of Charleston. All in The Town was a nice film that may have been degraded because of my high expectations. I think I just need a second viewing. The Town-70% , B+

- brownman83, Saturday, December 24, 2011