YMMV / The Town

  • Award Snub: The film did not get a Best Picture nomination.
  • Counterpart Comparison:
    • In an interesting way, Doug can be seen as a much darker take on Neil McCauley from Heat. It's lampshaded in the Extended Cut where Doug is seen watching Heat in his apartment at one point. Both men are the true main characters and career criminals who rob banks. But after they plan to retire from their criminal life, both also plan to flee the cities they're living in with the woman they encounter in their lives.
    • Claire and Eady. Both women are lovers to the criminal protagonists. But after finding out that the men they fell in love with happens to be living a criminal life, both were forced to leave them when they're on the verge of being caught by the police.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: Given the gritty nature of the film, it can be hard to root for any of the characters in the cast, up to and including Doug himself. Only Claire is 100% sympathetic.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Jeremy Renner as Jem got the most praise for acting and the film's only Academy Award nomination, as well as the character himself.
  • He Really Can Act: Ben Affleck restored faith in his acting abilities and Blake Lively proved there is more to her than Serena van der Woodsen. Everyone knew Jon Hamm could already act but this showed he could go all the way.
  • Moral Event Horizon: You know Fergie is a goner when he tells Doug that he hooked his mother on coke and indirectly caused her suicide.
  • Narm: The look of humiliated horror on Fergie's face when he realizes that he's about to get his crotch shot off by Doug at the end.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Chris Cooper as Doug's father, Stephen MacRay. Also, Pete Postlethwaite is on screen for hardly more than 5 minutes, but makes the most of every moment in an intense, genuinely frightening performance as Fergie the Florist.
  • Special Effects Failure: At least twice during the North End police chase, you can see ramps in the gutters near street corners that are meant to allow the stunt drivers to clip the curbs without damaging their vehicles.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: It's hard not to feel a little bit sorry for Krista, considering she seemed to at least feel something for Doug whereas he was just using her for sex. Blake Lively described her as someone who wanted to escape her situation just like Doug, and hoped he would be her way out. The last we see of her, she's in the hospital and her daughter has been taken off her.