'The Town' Review: The Movie to Watch This Weekend

Sally Mercedes

Blake Lively and Ben Affleck The TownThe Town is Ben Affleck's second time in the director's seat, and it premieres this weekend after much anticipation.

Somewhat skeptical of movies that get so much hype, I took a peek at the reviews for The Town, and here's a look at what I found:

Peter Travers, Rolling Stone:

Affleck and Hall make this unlikely love story palpably moving. And Renner (The Hurt Locker) is dynamite — he radiates ferocity and feeling. [...] It's fair to say that Affleck knocks it out of the park.

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times:

Here is a well-made crime procedural, and audiences are likely to enjoy it at that level, but perhaps the mechanics of movie crime got in the way of Affleck's higher ambitions.

Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune:

Plenty of films, and not just epics, justify three or more hours. Here, though, just when the screws should tighten, we get another leisurely dialogue scene, and hammy inevitables [...]

The Town has intrigued viewers and impressed critics.

I really liked Gone Baby Gone, and it seems fans of the storytelling in that film will enjoy this one.

Most of the reviews indicate that the film is a bit too long, so it's good to keep that in mind as you head to the theater. Perhaps a quick game of sudoku on your phone might be handy during a scene that drags.

To make up for it, the acting is really great, even from Blake Lively! (I'm not sure why that's so shocking, but most of the critics felt it was necessary to point that out ...)

The only hard part now is deciding which other movie to sneak into buy tickets for. Easy A also comes out this weekend, as do Catfish and Jack Goes Boating (both limited release). If you remember, I gave all three of those a "see it" in the fall movie guide, and if the latest reviews for those films are any indication, I'm not alone in that suggestion.

It's a great weekend for movies!

What are you going to watch this weekend?


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