4.5 stars out of 5 -- "This taut story about a guy trying to get out of the criminal life into which he was born is loaded with action, but it's also so smartly written that a complex character study rests at its heart."
Box Office - Pete Hammond (09/10/2010)
"Affleck excels at capturing the insularity of the locale..."
Hollywood Reporter - Sheri Linden (09/08/2010)
4 stars out of 5 -- "THE TOWN is full of great exchanges, great scenes, all of them infused with authenticity."
Total Film - Jamie Graham (10/01/2010)
"[A] rich, dark, pulpy mess of entanglements that fulfills all the requirements of the genre, and it is told with an ease and gusto that make the pulp tasty." -- Grade: A-
Entertainment Weekly - Lisa Schwarzbaum (09/09/2010)
3 stars out of 4 -- "Affleck has the stuff of a real director....It's an effective thriller, he works closely with actors, he has a feel for pacing."
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert (09/15/2010)
"Affleck has a keen eye for cinematic stories and wisely chooses one set in a city he knows intimately. He has an evident knack for orchestrating involving action scenes."
USA Today - Claudia Puig (09/17/2010)
"[A] fast-paced, character-driven heist movie that combines robberies with romance and solidifies Affleck's reputation as an actor with a genuine gift for directing."
Los Angeles Times - Kenneth Turan (09/17/2010)
"[Affleck's] second feature, THE TOWN, is a looser and more sprawling affair, more conventional, but also more assured."
A.V. Club - Sam Adams (09/16/2010)
"Ben Affleck works both sides of the camera to impressive effect in THE TOWN, a dramatic thriller that fulfills its considerable ambitions."
Wall Street Journal (09/17/2010)
"The movie is as slick and tightly constructed as Affleck's debut, GONE BABY GONE....Affleck shoots each heist like the performance it is..."
Movieline - Michelle Orange (09/17/2010)
3 stars out of 4 -- "It's a smart, bold genre exercise that's enormous fun to watch, harking back to gritty urban thrillers of the 1970s with an assured sense of tone and style."
Washington Post (09/17/2010)
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "[A] gripping human drama disguised as a blazing heist film that comes on like gangbusters."
Rolling Stone - Peter Travers (09/15/2010)
3 stars out of 5 -- "There is a juddering, brilliantly choreographed FRENCH CONNECTION-style car chase through crowded streets and narrow alleyways..."
Uncut - Geoffrey Macnab (11/01/2010)
"There's a strong sense of milieu....The set-piece heists and car chases are executed with impressive skill and pacing..."
Sight and Sound - Philip Kemp (11/01/2010)