Gone Baby Gone

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Released 2008

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Director:
Ben Affleck
Released:
2008
Rating:
R
Gone Baby Gone is a 2007 crime drama directed by Ben Affleck. Private detectives, Patrick Kenzie (Casey Affleck) and Angie Gennaro (Michelle Monaghan), are hired to find Amanda McCready (Madeline O'Brien), a little girl who has disappeared from her home in Boston. In their investigation, Kenzie and Gennaro discover Amanda's parents, Helene (Amy Ryan) and Skinny Ray (Sean Malone), have stolen money from a local drug lord. When Ray turns up dead, Kenzie and Gennaro team up with police detectives Nick Poole (John Ashton) and Remy Bressant (Ed Harris) to exchange the drug lord's missing money for Amanda. Captain Jack Doyle (Morgan Freeman), whose own daughter was killed years earlier, takes control of the ransom delivery at a local quarry. The exchange goes horribly wrong and Amanda disappears, assumed drowned. Captain Doyle takes responsibility for her death and goes into early retirement. Years later, Kenzie is working with Remy on another crime when Remy accidentally reveals that he knew Skinny Ray prior to Amanda's kidnapping. This revelation astounds Kenzie and sets him on a path to discover the truth behind Amanda's disappearance.moreless

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  • 80

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    One of the graces of Gone Baby Gone is its sensitivity to real struggle, to the lived-in spaces and worn-out consciences that can come when despair turns into nihilism.

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    By and large a notable piece of work, a strong directing debut by actor Ben Affleck that highlights attention-getting performances...But, as adapted from the novel by Dennis Lehane...

  • 70

    Variety Lisa Nesselson

    Moral ambiguity is the real star of Ben Affleck's helming debut, Gone Baby Gone, an involving Boston-set tale of mixed motives, selflessness and perfidy in the wake of a 4-year-old...

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    Drama, Suspense

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    Crime, Thrillers, Detectives, Murder & Mayhem