Mud is about not having much, and yet doing something with it.
The good. Unusual, dirty, but great settings and characters. Reactions are totally realistic, yet unexpected because we're so used to our standard fare from the major studios. Compelling story. Attaching personas. Solid photography. Well paced scenario with nicely intricate parts. Excellent ending.
The actors. Matthew McConaughey offers us an incredible performance showing the depth of his talent. However, the two kids, played by Tye Sheridan and Jacob Lofland, are the true surprise. Unfortunately for Reese Witherspoon, she wasn't given much to play with, her appearance looking more like a cameo than a full role.
The bad. Juniper and the criminals are not well developed within the story and feel kind of empty. That is the only thing that's holding back this film from being done just right.
The ugly. Nothing.
The result. A very different flick. Approach it with an open mind, and you'll be amazed.