Gone Baby Gone 2007

Critics score:
94 / 100

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David Denby, New Yorker: The unconvincing genre conventions in Gone Baby Gone are at odds with its authentic, lived-in atmosphere, but no one can say that Affleck hasn't looked into the depths, and the movie ends on a resonantly ambiguous note. Read more

Manohla Dargis, New York Times: A satisfyingly tough look into conscience, to those dark places where some men also go astray. Read more

David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture: Casey Affleck has never had a pedestal like the one his brother provides him, and he earns it. Read more

J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader: The picture is so superbly executed in every other respect that Casey seems more quirky than miscast. Read more

Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal: There's finally much less than meets the eye in what amounts to a linear tour of Greater Boston's criminal minds. Read more

John Hartl, Seattle Times: There's nothing flashy about Ben Affleck's direction. He clearly adores actors, and he's found the right vehicle to express what they can do. Read more

Scott Tobias, AV Club: Gone Baby Gone quietly accumulates in power, leading to one of the more subtly devastating final shots in recent memory. Read more

Kerry Lengel, Arizona Republic: As a procedural, Gone Baby Gone is by the numbers. As a portrait of human folly and resilience, however, it's great drama, and it has some powerful performances to match. Read more

Ty Burr, Boston Globe: Welcome home, Ben Affleck -- all is forgiven. Yes, even Gigli. Read more

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times: Brooding, somber film is ragged around the edges and not without problematic aspects. Read more

Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune: A dour, fairly intriguing mystery based on the fourth book in a series of South Boston-set detective novels by Dennis Lehane. Read more

Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle: A love-tolerate valentine to the city, it feels more real than the gangster-gorged mean streets of Martin Scorsese's The Departed, and just as tortured as Clint Eastwood's Mystic River. Read more

Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post: Affleck's directorial debut [is] a deft look at deep themes. Read more

Tom Long, Detroit News: The movie has some nice plot turns, it settles around a painful moral dilemma, and features some fine acting. But it's the sticky sweat of the street and the fine attention to detail that pulls you in and keeps you glued to the screen. Read more

Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly: In emulating the best -- Eastwood's Mystic River, Scorsese's The Departed -- Affleck shows excellent instincts, not least of which is letting his brother, Casey, hold the center as a young guy not as smaht as he thinks he is. Read more

Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press: We give up before the detectives do, not just on the story, but on humanity, which I doubt is what anyone involved really wants. Read more

Amy Nicholson, I.E. Weekly: Forgive him for Gigli. Read more

Bruce Newman, San Jose Mercury News: The film is full of scenes that make the hair stand up on the back of your neck. Read more

Christy Lemire, Associated Press: In his directing debut, Affleck has found his calling, an avenue for using his obvious intelligence while getting out of the way of his own celebrity. Read more

Gene Seymour, Newsday: Not an unqualified success, but an absorbing directorial debut with terrific performances from Michelle Monaghan, Morgan Freeman, Amy Ryan and Ed Harris Read more

Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger: Affleck shows a real affection for performers and their work; after assembling a good cast, he's not afraid to let them go on a little bit. Read more

Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News: Structurally, it's a bit murky, but in every other way Gone Baby Gone marks a triumph for the Affleck brothers. Read more

Lou Lumenick, New York Post: A twisty, morally ambiguous and satisfying neo-noir. Read more

Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel: Lehane's superb plotting serves the director well, and Affleck's unblinking view of the world he seems to know, with an emphasis on ugliness, self-perpetuating despair and the wrong sorts of people having children, serves Lehane's story. Read more

Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer: Casey's big brother has made a tough, taut mystery. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: The strength of the film's subject matter and the intelligence and perceptiveness with which it is approached make this not merely an October diversion but a genuine Oscar contender. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: A superior police procedural, and something more -- a study in devious human nature. Read more

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle: The film is intelligent and always heading somewhere. Read more

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune: It's deceptively simple going forward, but devilishly complex in retrospect. Read more

Rick Groen, Globe and Mail: An exceptional picture. Read more

Peter Howell, Toronto Star: As an actor, Affleck has more turkeys on his rA (C)sumA (C) than a Thanksgiving buffet, so what makes him think he can direct? Yet Gone Baby Gone is strong enough to suggest that moviegoers -- and critics -- should give him the benefit of the doubt. Read more

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Jessica Winter, Time Out: Flawed but impressive. Read more

Christopher Orr, The New Republic: Gone Baby Gone is an argument for obligation over accommodation, the absolute over the contingent. Read more

Claudia Puig, USA Today: Bravo to Ben Affleck for a smart choice and impressive work. Read more

Lisa Nesselson, Variety: Moral ambiguity is the real star of Ben Affleck's helming debut, Gone Baby Gone, an involving Boston-set tale of mixed motives, selflessness and perfidy in the wake of a 4-year-old girl's disappearance. Read more

Jim Ridley, Village Voice: In his strikingly downbeat directorial debut, Affleck has created something of a blue-moon rarity: an American movie of genuine moral complexity. Read more