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Mule, The (15)


US drama in which a man in his nineties becomes a delivery driver for a Mexican drug cartel.

The critical consensus

The hardworking Clint Eastwood directs and stars in a so-so drug-running drama.

***(*)(*)James Mottram, The List, 21/01/2019

Eastwood is the director and star of this sentimental tale of a cantankerous horticulturist who falls on hard times.

***(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 23/01/2019

So insubstantial it may not actually exist, The Mule is very much the latest in a long line of minor Clints. But it might help pass the time on long journeys. Just make sure you don’t watch and drive.

***(*)(*)Chris Hewitt, Empire Online, 23/01/2019

Sub-par. If you’re only going to see one octogenarian-movie-star film, go for Redford’s The Old Man and the Gun.

**(*)(*)(*)Jane Crowther, Total Film, 21/01/2019

Eastwood’s typically minimalist direction keeps everything moving, but he seems thoroughly uninterested in the wider moral implications of his protagonist’s actions.

**(*)(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 24/01/2019

The veteran actor is on scene-stealing form in a film based on an unlikely true story.

***(*)(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 25/01/2019

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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