'Mud' Review: Lovely Coming-of-Age Tale Zigs Where Zagging Would Suffice

"Mud," writer-director Jeff Nichols' follow-up to "Take Shelter," might best be titled "Quicksand,"since it doesn't get bogged down until its final moments. What begins as a sweet and subtle coming-of-age story, told with quiet wisdom, keen observation and a minimum of bombast, unfortunately overloads its final act with incident and on-the-nose declarations that threaten to derail its very gentle power.

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