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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%
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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%
    reviews counted: 20
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  • Audience

    84%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Essential viewing for connoisseurs of dropped r's, close-cropped hair and aerial views of the city that used to call itself the hub of the universe.

- A.O. Scott, New York Times, Friday, September 17, 2010

Fresh: Affleck's direction is clipped when the plot requires, but he lingers on character-driven scenes (at a garden, a restaurant, a corner) in no apparent rush. Why hurry, after all? He's arrived.

- Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Friday, September 17, 2010

Fresh: Affleck made a quietly astonishing directorial debut a few years ago with the taut, atmospheric mystery Gone Baby Gone. With The Town, he proves he's no one-hit wonder.

- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Friday, September 17, 2010

Audience Reviews

4 stars

Suspenseful. Worth watching.

- Raajay, Wednesday, November 21, 2012

4 stars

Suspenseful. Worth watching.

- Raajay, Wednesday, November 21, 2012

4 stars

objectively, its excellent. two films in, we have proof that afflecks directing skills are no fluke. this film doesnt have the emotional and intellectual impact that gone baby gone does, but its a phenomenal american thriller with an excellent script, wonderful direction, and really solid acting across the board. even affleck, who i now love as a director but question as an actor, was solid in this film. overall, a truly excellent film. not as good as many of the old french heist "greats", but a very solid addition to the american heist film legacy.

- sanjurosamurai, Thursday, October 11, 2012