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Road to Perdition (2002)


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Tomatometer: 82%
Adjusted Score: 79.1
Editor's Note
Max Allan Collins' graphic novel, a dark morality play revolving around the cost of violence and the paternal bond, might have seemed an unlikely fit for the acting talents of Tom Hanks; much as he might have warmed the hearts of audiences as Forrest Gump, there was significant doubt as to whether he had the chops to pull off the role. Director Sam Mendes had no such doubts, and his faith in Hanks paid off; not only were most critics impressed with the film's cast, but it went on to gross more than $100 million at the box office. Whether you respond to the underlying themes of regret and familial duty, or simply let the film take you along on its violent ride, "Perdition" offers compelling proof that comic adaptations need not rely on big budgets and special effects.

Critical Consensus
Somber, stately, and beautifully mounted, Mendes' Road to Perdition is a well-crafted mob movie that explores the ties between fathers and sons.

Directed by Sam Mendes and based on the graphic novel by Max Allan Collins and Richard Piers Rayner, the Depression-era crime epic ROAD TO PERDITION stars Tom Hanks as Michael Sullivan, a quiet hit man...


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