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488 Ratings

The Mule

Directed by Clint Eastwood
United States, 2018
Crime, Drama, Thriller


Clint Eastwood stars as Earl Stone, a man in his 80s who is broke, alone, and facing foreclosure of his business when he is offered a job that simply requires him to drive. Easy enough, but, unbeknownst to Earl, he’s just signed on as a drug courier for a Mexican cartel.

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The Mule Directed by Clint Eastwood
It’s rare for a film about a Mexican drug cartel and the impossibility of the American Dream to be either disarming or funny, but Clint Eastwood has blessedly delivered one that is consistently both.
January 24, 2019
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Rascally Stone — a roustabout who likes growing day lilies, driving, and doing more than flirting — recalls classical, Old Hollywood moralism. No wonder it’s been ignored by this year’s award hacks.
December 28, 2018
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Compared to the tension of American Sniper or the theatrics of Sully (arguably his best film of the 2010s), The Mule feels offhand; like this year’s 15:17 to Paris, it might be accused of indulging in some of Eastwood’s worst tendencies. But there’s something there, glinting.
December 19, 2018
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What are people saying?

  • chanandre's rating of the film The Mule

    [UCI Arrábida] (Tearz) Please do not die on us Clint. Us Fordian folk need you oh so bad.//This was oh so brutal, i can't even...

  • Jason's rating of the film The Mule

    Hello there, do you have a minute to talk about Clint Eastwood, American Auteur? The screenplay for THE MULE probably could have used a second draft (or a first one). The actors here not unmistakably on the fame spectrum are straight outta Central Casting. Et cetera. Keep it simple, stupid. You see, Clint knows a strong wind can blow much of a movie away; what you need to leave standing is a pure and noble core.

  • msmichel's rating of the film The Mule

    After the debacle of '15:17 to Paris' earlier in the year Eastwood delivers a solid tale here that shows the hand of an elder master director at work. While the familial arm of the story may seem clichéd, the main thrust of the story concerning an aged man brought into the world of the Mexican cartels as a drug runner is quite well told. The casting on that side of the story is quite precise and offers reward.

  • HKFanatic's rating of the film The Mule

    Clint Eastwood's contributions to cinema have become as intrinsically American as the open road, so it's fitting that, at last, Eastwood has arrived at his road movie. Eastwood's character, and by proxy the film, is never happier than when he's cruising down a two lane road in the middle of nowhere, humming along to Willie Nelson, eating an ice cream sandwich. But the demands of fatherhood are rarely far behind.

  • saitosouta's rating of the film The Mule

    I don't like recent Eastwood’s films especially, but I like individual elements in his films like boldness, taciturnity, subtlety and magnificence. But his latest, “The Mule” is only a feel-good movie which any director could make. Although surely I feel good, I don't want such kind of banality from Eastwood. (Maybe critics in Japan and France will overpraise this banal movie like a brown-nose idiot, fucking sigh).

  • Michael H. CLAES's rating of the film The Mule

    As in GRAN TORINO, EASTWOOD confronts the aging American man with the US society today. No longer suburban thugs this time, but the tough drug cartel. With, as added bonus, the vast landscapes of New Mexico === Dans la lignée de GRAN TORINO, EASTWOOD confronte l'américain âgé à la société d'aujourd'hui. Non plus des voyous de banlieues, mais le dur cartel de la drogue. Avec en prime les routes du Nouveau Mexique 7/10

  • josé neves's rating of the film The Mule

    Mule, in figurative Portuguese, also means stubborn, which was always the property ostensibly sought by Eastwood for the characters interpreted by him and in this film, is in that appropriation that resides its most interesting side. The rest is a simple narrativity that almost always defined him and has led a multitude to consider him a genius. And his particular confrontation with the politically correct.

  • Renton47's rating of the film The Mule

    Surprising. I don’t expect nuance from Clint, and yet he offers a depiction of a transactional economy that is relatively toothless as long as decency is practiced. In fact, the emotional terrorism advocated by certain factions of the cartel has closest ties to the DEA. It is entirely predicated on how Whiteness and Latin men are viewed by institutions. It is wry, wisely disposing of grim seriousness.

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