Box Office - 09/10/2010 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."
Hollywood Reporter - 09/08/2010
"Affleck excels at capturing the insularity of the locale..."
Total Film - 10/01/2010 4 stars out of 5 -- "THE TOWN is full of great exchanges, great scenes, all of them infused with authenticity."
Entertainment Weekly - 09/09/2010
"[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-
Chicago Sun-Times - 09/15/2010 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."
USA Today - 09/17/2010
"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."
Los Angeles Times - 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."
A.V. Club - 09/16/2010
"[Affleck's] second feature, THE TOWN, is a looser and more sprawling affair, more conventional, but also more assured."
Wall Street Journal - 09/17/2010
"Ben Affleck works both sides of the camera to impressive effect in THE TOWN, a dramatic thriller that fulfills its considerable ambitions."
Movieline - 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..."
Washington Post - 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."
Rolling Stone - 09/15/2010 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "[A] gripping human drama disguised as a blazing heist film that comes on like gangbusters."
Uncut - 11/01/2010 3 stars out of 5 -- "There is a juddering, brilliantly choreographed FRENCH CONNECTION-style car chase through crowded streets and narrow alleyways..."
Sight and Sound - 11/01/2010
"There's a strong sense of milieu....The set-piece heists and car chases are executed with impressive skill and pacing..."
Description by OLDIES.com:
Ben Affleck follows his acclaimed Gone Baby Gone directorial debut by directing, co-writing and starring in a taut thriller about robbers and cops, friendship and betrayal, love and hope and escaping a past that has no future. He plays Doug MacRay, leader of a Boston bank robber gang but not cut from the same cloth as his fellow thieves. When Doug falls into a passionate romance with the bank manager (Rebecca Hall) briefly taken hostage in their last heist, he wants out of this life and out of the town. As the Feds close in and the crew questions his loyalty, he has one of two choices: betray his friends or lose the woman he loves. Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renner, Blake Lively, Titus Welliver, Pete Postlethwaite and Chris Cooper also star.
Boston bank robber Doug MacRay (Ben Affleck) falls for a woman his gang had previously taken hostage after feigning a chance meeting with her to ensure that she can't identify them in Affleck's adaptation of author Chuck Hogan's novel PRINCE OF THIEVES. The son of a tough Charlestown, MA thief, Doug passed on his chance to walk the straight and narrow in favor of becoming a career bank robber. Not only is Doug's crew one of the most ruthless in Boston, but they're also one of the best; they never leave a trace of evidence, and always make a clean break. Over the years, Doug's fearless partners in crime have become something of a surrogate family to him; Jem (Jeremy Renner), the most dangerous of the bunch, is the closest thing Doug has ever had to a brother. But a divide begins to open between the two career criminals when Jem takes bank manager Claire Keesey (Rebecca Hall) hostage during a particularly tense heist, and the group subsequently discovers that she hails from their own tight-knit suburb. When Jem proposes that the gang make an effort to find out just how much Claire recalls about the crime, Doug fears that his volatile partner may do more harm than good and volunteers himself for the job. Later, Doug turns on the charm while pretending to bump into Claire by chance, and becomes convinced that she doesn't suspect him of being the same man who just robbed her bank. As the feds turn up the heat on the gang, Doug finds himself falling for Claire, and searching desperately for a means of cutting his ties to his criminal past. But with each passing day, Jem grows increasingly suspicious of Doug's true motivations. Now caught between two worlds with no chance of turning back, Doug realizes that his only hope for finding a happy future is to betray the only family he's ever known.