Fourth Annual Cosmique Movie Awards


Mystic River

We bury our sins, we wash them clean.

Directed by: Clint Eastwood

Written by: Dennis Lehane (novel); Brian Helgeland (screenplay)

Starring: Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Kevin Bacon, Laurence Fishburne, Marcia Gay Harden, Laura Linney

Primary Genres:
Drama; Mystery

2003 Cosmique Movie Awards

  • Nominations:  1
  • Awards:  1


  • Viewers50% of raters (16th place)
  • Average Rating: 6.50 (35th place)
  • Weighted Rank: 325 (20st place)


Three childhood friends who experienced a horrific trauma as kids are reunited as adults when Jimmy (Sean Penn) suffers the loss of his daughter.

Mystic River has received critical praise, and Tim Robbins in particular has been the darling of the awards circuit. So it's a little surprising that Sean Penn achieved the film's only nomination at the Cosmique Movie Awards. (In particular, Laura Linney's Supporting Actress nomination for Love Actually rather than Mystic River also came as a shock.) Although Clint Eastwood received Best Director nominations from three of the four major awards, the extra half-point he received for Sean Penn's nomination wasn't enough to help him garner a Cosmo nod.

And like Adrien Brody the preceding year, Sean Penn managed to win Best Actor for the film's only nomination (tying with Johnny Depp).


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Reviews from Cosmo Voters:

    "Mystic River" is a powerful film with powerful performances, particularly from Golden Globe winners/Oscar nominees Sean Penn and Tim Robbins, but also from Laura Linney and Oscar nominee Marcia Gay Harden.

    But...I can't give it a completely unqualified rave review. It's hard to discuss my concerns in too much detail without revealing spoilers, which I'd like to refrain from doing for now. I do believe it was strange and unrealistic for Sean Devine (Kevin Bacon) to be assigned to the murder case, though I recognize it was an important plot device. That he and his partner didn't deal with the crucial piece of evidence until the climax of the film seemed weak to me - such an obvious plot device that could have been explained better. I figured out the killer's motivation early enough on my own, but judging from the confusion I've experienced in discussing the film with others, I think it could have been presented a little more clearly. I loved Laura Linney's soliloquy at the end, but I think it would have been more powerful if we had a better sense of their relationship earlier. Above all, I was frustrated with the final scene between Sean Penn and Kevin Bacon at the end of the film. More has subsequently been explained to me that helps tidy things up a bit. Apparently things were a bit clearer in the book, and not just because it's easier to understand a character's thoughts in a book, but because certain things were discussed in dialog in the book that was left open to interpretation in the movie. If anything, a film needs to rely more on dialog than literature, not less.

    So it will make my list for performances, and possibly Best Film, but probably not screenplay. Crucial elements should have been added in.

    My grade: B +

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