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10/10
Clint Eastwood's slow burn of a film....
terceira82915 December 2018
In my personal opinion no one does a slow burn better then Mr. Eastwood. His cinematography, lighting and ambience develops slowly... he's in no hurry to tell his story and that's what makes him such a great storyteller. We experience the anxiety of his first few trips and along with everyone else in the theatre...we wait for the other shoe to drop. His showcased advanced age along with his hunched posture and shuffled walk in this film is the perfect antagonist for what is expected and asked of him. We are privy to comparisons of his choices of work over family. Eastwood seems to have no regret or recollection of his daughters wedding whilst receiving an award for his prized lilies. He continues to be the "Mule" knowing all too well the consequences of his actions. Redemption is a very big price. Eastwood shines here. Don't expect a lot of action... but this film is a study in character... which is what Eastwood does best.
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10/10
So Eastwood
nrapny-0169416 December 2018
The Mule is the definition of an Eastwood directed film.

Dont expect action packed. This is raw and real crime drama. There are some beautiful moments and always a strong moral. Definitely a must see!
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9/10
D I F F E R E N T
ronin-1928814 December 2018
Truly one of the best movies of the year. It is nerving that the golden globes didn't give Clint Eastwood a nomination for best actor he gave a great preformance and his ensemble gave a solid story a solid story well told.
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10/10
A Movie of Regrets and Hard truth
timeblank16 December 2018
Clint Eastwood is a wonderful actor and director. He tells a story of a 90 year old man facing money and family issues. However, when he works for the wrong people, he may have money coming in so he can enjoy life but the consequences at the end will hit him hard.

This movie was pretty entertaining, their some scenes I enjoyed laughing and some I was sad. Regret hurts. You wish you could turn back the clock. Clint Eastwood presents that wonderfully in this movie. This is a great film to see.
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10/10
Terrific Movie
ricramey200016 December 2018
I truly loved this film. Funny all the way to tears. I'm already going to see it again. I missed a bit because of the laughter. The ending was moving yet beautiful. I'm old enough to have seen all of his films and this film is among his very best. Retired Dirty Harry without a gun. Wonderful film and I really see it doing very well at the Oscars. Congratulations Mr. Eastwood.
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8/10
I believe Clint Eastwood still rocks on-screen, so what if he is 90, "The Mule" is still a good movie with good story
svhot14 December 2018
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"The Mule" has Clint Eastwood playing his age , which is in his nineties. Therefore, viewers should not put unnecessary expectations on the old man's shoulders. I mean, what do you expect him to do at that age - jump off a plane onto Eiffel tower, and then stand up and continue smiling? Come on, people - give the veteran actor the credit that he deserves. Clint Eastwood is still a good actor and director, and I recommend this movie should be watched at least once by the millions of Clint Eastwood fans around the world.

This new movie , directed and featuring Clint Eastwood, has a good enough story. Eastwood plays a 90 year old man who becomes a mule for a drug cartel, driving and delivering large quantities of cocaine. He begins this job to earn enough money to pay for his family member's expenses, so that he can win their trust again. Later on , he decides to continue with it because the drug cartel bosses and members also seem to respect him, and , and like him. "The Mule" likes to be the centre of attention - something which all the senior people crave for. Cheers , Mr Clint Eastwood, you still shine brightly enough on-screen.
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8/10
like gran torino ..
sandhya6015 December 2018
Saw The Mule today. First show of the first day with the Mom who appreciates seeing movies made by her generation. I will give this a solid 8.5 out of 10. First off, its nice to see an older actor playing (and producing and directing of course) an older person from (their own) generation and era. No Hollywood play ups (with PC actors acting parts that would have never been filled by someone other than who it would have been in real life!) or PC. If you liked Gran Torino, you will like this one too. Written about a World War 2 gen and his life as a Drug Mule in the Modern World. Young people who are not familiar with this generation, because they are so far removed from it, probably will not understand the sociology of the greatest generation. This would be their great great grand fathers. So probably good idea to (have them) watch movies about this generation before seeing this one. Like I said, youngsters are too far removed to understand the way of the older generation. What makes this movie good is based on a true story, with some human events sprinkled through to add texture and dimension to the character. Older folks will appreciate seeing someone their own age, doing something daring, and illegal, rather than watching some youngster. Good adult entertainment and examination of society and what folks will do if they are driven to do something or given the chance to do something they would have never done, read the NY times article on the guy this is based on. Take your grandparent.....This is classic modern Eastwood.
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10/10
Clint Eastwood's Best Acting Performance
singersongwriter-0685715 December 2018
This has got to be one of Eastwood's best films. In every way it is great, from the acting to the story to the pacing, etc. Was gripping and engaging from the very start to the powerful ending.

The Mule is up there with his best films such as Million Dollar Baby, Unforgiven, Letters from Iwo Jima, American Sniper and Mystic River. The Mule is an Instant classic. At his age of 88, it is hard to imagine he has many more great films left in him but if not, he will certainly go out on a high note with this masterpiece!

This is one not to be missed. It deserves a lot of attention come Oscar time!
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9/10
Eastwood crime drama, his best film in many years
PotassiumMan15 December 2018
A Clint Eastwood film is sometimes all you need to remember how much you love great cinema and that's especially true in this case. It's the real life story of an 80-year-old war veteran who, as he finds his livelihood threatened, manages to cross paths with a Mexican drug cartel and winds up transporting their product across the Midwest. As he demonstrates value, his runs become larger and more lucrative each time.

Eastwood portrays Earl Stone, a mild-mannered hardworking horticulturalist who became a champion drug mule for the cartels as law enforcement was completely blind to his low-key but highly effective operations. Enter Bradley Cooper as the dedicated DEA agent who has to muster considerable time and resources to even begin to piece things together and Michael Pena as his partner. Dianne Weist offers a sympathetic turn as Stone's long-suffering ex-wife. Andy Garcia is good fun as the drug lord who is pleased with the old mercenary's hard work.

Although this film covers a grim story, it has a light-hearted feel for many stretches and a refreshing sense of humor. Eastwood himself is absolutely compelling as an old man who suddenly finds himself awash in money from an illegal enterprise and seeing the world from a different angle; here, Clint reminds us how huge a screen presence he has no matter how old he gets.

I'm not sure what many critics have missed with this film but hopefully audiences will take note. Eastwood has given us another great film and one of his best performances ever in this crackerjack drama. Highly recommended.
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10/10
Superb
supersaiyanwarrior14 December 2018
Absolute Eastwood style, just watch it. ONE Of the best eastwood performance.
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10/10
If you like Gran Tourino and Clint Eastwood buckle up and enjoy the ride!
perseus_pinoykid15 December 2018
What as solid performance from the cast and Clint Eastwood. Story was moving and realistic. You've gotta wait for the ending! Watch it with the whole family! Punchlines were on spot and warning: No Political Correctness Zone. Wish there's a sequel?
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10/10
Thankfully not a typical PC fantasy out of Hollywood
biztricityrv17 December 2018
Excellent, raw, intelligent directing and a realistic portrayal of a 90 something year olds view on the situation he is in. Will not win awards though because Eastwood has never bowed to the liberal elite but always seems to capture a story with a realistic persona.
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10/10
A Great Story About Regret of Time, Love and Family Lost
tubewatch-115 December 2018
The story is about a geriatric drug mule. The theme is one of regret and loss. It's beautifully told through the old drug mule' eyes as he continues to search, through illegal ways, for what he thinks his family wants of him. It's really a great movie. I'm going back to see it again... with my wife.
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10/10
Clinton Eastwood is a master with directing
lamisharochelle16 December 2018
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Clinton Eastwood is a master at directing. What is unique is this 88 year old actor/director is still in going strong in the acting world. He did a great job as an 90 year old workaholic man, who neglected his family. However, when he loss his business and home out of desperation he became a Mule. This movie is comically and dramatic. I really enjoyed this movie and glad I saw it.
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10/10
It's actually good
seanfitz-5199815 December 2018
For those of you who like Ozark unforgiven and 99 homes this the movie for you . It's a slow burner but a good one. The fact that Eastwood made a film of this quality at his age is brilliant . Well done to him . His experience has helped him
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10/10
Eastwood Does it Again!
mkelly5416 December 2018
Clint Eastwood continues to excel as actor and director in his latest production, The Mule. The story appears simple: a 90-year-old man serves as a drug mole for the Mexican Drug Cartel. But as we all know, the real story is in the details and that's where Eastwood's craft shines. Issues of family separation, lost career, and maneuvering through the harsh realities of the underworld drug trade provide viewers with the winding road of a mule. The major cast members - Alison Eastwood, Dianne Weist ,Taissa Farmiga, Michael Pena, Laurence Fishburne and Andy Garcia - serve as major family, drug cartel and DEA functionary characters, with Bradley Cooper portrays the second male lead with quiet efficiency. The remaining cast appears as almost faceless characters conducting tedious details of life, work and drug world enforcement. The key to the success of The Mule is that we know the ending, but, again, the details are the magic attracting audiences. I'm sure viewers will thoroughly enjoy this new masterpiece from Eastwood.
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Eastwood is noted for a high level of economic craft and The Mule is no exception.
arishsankar14 December 2018
In some ways, The Mule represents a late-period version of classic Eastwood, in that it's even pokier and more workmanlike than his best work,

The film finally ends up souring its perspective on responsibility with a hardened take on the limits of the American dream.
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10/10
OSCAR WORTHY
brownpelican16 December 2018
Out of all the money and things that fade at death in importance meaning nothing. Family however endures after death meaning everything important. Don't take your time with your family for granite ever. Love your family, be there for them always. Don't put anything or anyone in front of them.
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7/10
Yet another great Eastwood movie
sun-creek15 December 2018
Another well made movie from Clint Eastwood. His performance is top notch as well. Not his best, but well worth watching. Thanks Clint!
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4/10
Please stop with the Gran Torino comparisons
jfhartwig18 December 2018
Dialogue seemed awkward, unbelievable, and forced. There was some character development that just sort of stopped and never picked back up. Even the cinematography was awkward, following characters out of the room or watching them walk down a hallway at the end of a scene for no reason. I really enjoyed Gran Torino despite some of its cheesy parts, but The Mule just isn't a good movie. People who claim to love it were going to love it no matter what. Extremely disappointing.
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10/10
Loved this movie
baileyed-0733616 December 2018
Clint Eastwood is still the best. The story is based on true events and has terrific songs for the musical background. The final song by Toby Keith runs during the credits, and you see that Eastwood's daughter played one of the roles in the movie. This is not the high action of the Dirty Harry movies, but more along the line of Pink Cadillac or Grand Torino.
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1/10
Ignore Fake Reviews - This Movie is HORRIBLE
primantieq15 December 2018
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God where do i start.

1. a completely random guy who sees him get into a domestic argument gives him a cartel business card to get him into this whole thing 2. The writing is so lazy it makes me angry. Cartels start LLCs for towing companies to tow random cars filled wiith drugs so they wont get charged, they weld tons of cocaine into ships, they fly hundreds of pounds and do aerial drops. But they need clint eastwood to drive 50 kilos at a time...what??? 3. Clint eastwoods character is such a good guy muling and then giving the money to the community but at the same time having no problem stopping to have threesomes with hookers 4. There are two threesomes involving clint eastwood in this movie, dude has probably not been able to do that since before 9/11 5. Randomly people in the cartel grow a conscious 6. He goes missing with 2 mil worth of coke for 12 days but gets invited to thanksgiving dinner with his family. You steal cartel cocaine your family is dead within 48 hours. 7. BORING. BORING. BORING. there is no action in this film at all. 8. the cop side is just my boss is coming down on me we need busts 9. the "comedy" in this film is really just racism. There are multiple times clint eastwood says blatently racist things including a form of the N word and its supposed to be funny. 10. Clint eastwood complains about technology and the younger generation constantly. including a 30ish year old man who doesnt know how to change a tire and telling a guy an ice machine would work better if he didnt have his phone in his hand.

TLDR; writing sucks, acting sucks, characters suck, story sucks, movie sucks.
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Eastwood is alive and well in this satisfying little thriller.
jdesando14 December 2018
"How dull it is to pause, to make an end, To rust unburnish'd, not to shine in use! As tho' to breathe were life." Tennyson, Ulysses

Although The Mule is riddled with cliché and improbability, you'd not be an ass to see it. Why? Because Clint Eastwood stars and directs in a small thriller, so bold and silly as to have Andy Garcia a drug king and Eastwood's 90-year-old Earl dispatch two heavy duty thugs. But the absurdity is not what this semi-sentimental family cum cartel caper affecting.

Earl is old as the hills and looks it; so much for romanticizing this Hollywood icon. Yet, his age and seeming enfeeblement add a gravity, along with the weight of the persona Eastwood brings after decades in front and behind the camera. When Earl speaks, it's not in flowery language, even though flowers are a prominent motif, but in experience-speak, making us aware that both character and director/star have little time left to mince words. He's a joy to watch as his Earl takes to being a drug mule to get money.

The theme of dedication to family occurs in almost too heavy a motif especially as Earl converses with DEA agent Colin Bates (Bradley Cooper). Perhaps like Eastwood's many hours of golf at Pebble Beach and maybe too few at Malpaso Ranch, Earl also is painfully aware that he has forsaken family, in his case for his beloved flowers.

He's a late bloomer when it comes to reconciling with family for his absences, but come back he does. That return, the goal of the film, is couched in reality, so writers Sam Dolnick and Nick Schenk satisfy us with a slice of comeuppance and sentimentality not far from the way things ought to be.

I hope Eastwood doesn't do an Earl or for that matter a Candide, and go back to the flowers. The Mule shows him still to have it in front and back of the camera. Otherwise, he'd be truly "unforgiven" for forsaking his talents to old age:

"Death closes all: but something ere the end, Some work of noble note, may yet be done . . . ." Ulysses
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1/10
Borderline Unwatchable.
TheTomasTake16 December 2018
Cardboard performances. Disconnected feel throughout. Multiple scenes that don't advance the story. Long highway driving cuts. Renders like one of the lower quality episodes of Chips. Breaking Bad on training wheels, without handlebars.
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9/10
Breaking Bad, The Good, and the Ugly...
tsrts15 December 2018
Clint Eastwood never disappoints! One of his better films in a while. Based on a New York Times article about a 90-year-old who transported drugs for a Mexican cartel. The script was written by Nick Schenk who wrote Gran Torino, and I believe this is a better film than Torino. The casting is perfect - Bradley Cooper, Dianne Wiest, Andy Garcia, Laurence Fishburne. Apparently real stories like this are more common than people realize This is one cool Mule.
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