A Boston bank robber (Ben Affleck) looks for a way out of his criminal lifestyle after beginning a passionate romance with the woman (Rebecca Hall) that his gang briefly took hostage.
" Affleck's smooth, elegant directorial style is strong reminiscent of Clint Eastwood's: He takes his time establishing characters who are far more complex than they initially appear, then thrusts them into moral dilemmas with no easy outs. "
" A solid two-hour ride that proves Ben Affleck has a bright directorial career ahead of him. "
" Ben Affleck's follow-up to his gritty directorial debut, Gone Baby Gone, proves the actor/director/co-writer is here, baby, here to stay. "
" 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. "
" Though the narrative is a conventional one, the well-acted, suspenseful story deals in fascinatingly murky morality and mines intriguing material from a historic and complex city. "
" An autopsy for The Town would list multiple causes of death. "
" The Town doesn't reinvent the wheel. It just does what it does with great conviction and a sky-high level of execution. It also forges ahead with one of the best Hollywood second-act stories in recent memory. "
" This second feature doesn't resonate with nearly as much power, but its suspenseful story of two generations of career criminals in the city's northerly Charlestown neighborhood has a similarly haunting quality. "
" A deliberately old-fashioned melodrama that echoes the pulpy mix of violence and romanticism of gangster films of the Thirties and Forties. "
" Ben Affleck works both sides of the camera to impressive effect in The Town, a dramatic thriller that fulfills its considerable ambitions. "
" A gritty, well-made heist flick weighed down by obvious story progression. "
" Affleck, often underrated as an actor, fits effortlessly into this milieu. "
" As a director, Affleck now has two home runs in two at-bats. This is one of the best movies of the year. "
" Feels all but indistinguishable from the thousands of similar films that have blazed a trail before it. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" The Town digs a little deeper under its genre conventions and character commonplaces to work its way to being a very satisfying and unexpectedly moving experience. "
" Behind the jangly car chases and the procedural action in The Town lurks a doomed, beautifully acted romance -- and a still-young filmmaker, already at the top of his game. "
" With a crisp, clear style and a focus on character, director Ben Affleck is able to imbue staple action scenes with a sense of urgency and tension. "
" The Town is an exciting and extremely well acted film. "
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