Time Out says
Thanks to a terrific turn from Peck, George proves disarmingly well-rounded as well as rotund, beams of wit and amiability alternating with clouds of arrogance and aggression; he charms the gang out of vengefulness before taunting them back into it. At bottom, he’s a sad, lonely kid – a fact illustrated by his keeping a video diary, whose form is mirrored in the home-movie feel cultivated by debut director Jacob Aaron Estes’ use of handheld photography and natural light. In the pivotal central sequence, the simmering aggression and emotional flux of the cramped boat is unnervingly offset by the tranquil, sun-dappled Oregon waterways and lulling score. At barely 80 minutes, ‘Mean Creek’ offers a similarly discomfiting, contained intimacy, wringing emotional and ethical tension from a set-up as simple, loaded and risky as a dare.
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