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On the Road Reviews

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Jeff Beck
Examiner.com
March 21, 2013
This makes for a rather uninspired film that, despite being based off of a novel considered a classic, fails to grab the viewer's attention with its meandering storyline and characters that drift in and out of the picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Craig Skinner
HeyUGuys
September 2, 2012
There are times when the film is incredibly pleasing to the eye but there is sadly little to be found beyond the aesthetic delights.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
December 20, 2012
On the Road is not a great movie, but it's a pretty interesting work of literary criticism.
Tara Brady
Irish Times
October 13, 2012
Perhaps its a testament to Kerouac's mastery of his own screwy milieu that all attempts to impose order on the material are doomed to fail.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Andrew Simpson
Fan The Fire
January 20, 2013
In the end, it retains its status as a journey to who-knows-where, yet probably not in the way its original author intended.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Simon Gallagher
Film School Rejects
May 23, 2012
Walter Salles' take is ultimately a failed attempt to adapt the unadaptable.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
David Ehrlich
Boxoffice Magazine
December 13, 2012
On the Road just can't keep the beat
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
June 12, 2012
A rambling, tedious, seemingly unending mess that can't be salvaged by three decent but mostly underwhelming performances. Maybe some Benzedrine would make the whole experience seem worthwhile.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Fiona Williams
sbs.com.au
September 27, 2012
The straightforward narrative struggles to articulate the giddy thrills of making deep connections, of kindred spirits, and sex, jazz and Benzedrine.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
March 21, 2013
Clutching Jack Kerouac's peripatetic roman ā clef like a besotted sophomore, Walter Salles trails Kerouac and Neal Cassady's novelistic doppelgängers like an eager puppy.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
April 26, 2013
If our On the Road is a barely coherent tightrope act - a fizzy word drunk stand-up speed-rapped by an aspiring poet posing as a dumb saint prole - then it's tough to take this pretty version, populated by Gap models in retro Americana fashions.
Full Review | Original Score: 81/100
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
October 10, 2012
After more than two hours I felt like I'd been watching The Numb Diaries more than a Tarmac-gripping thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 21, 2013
Although Jack Kerouac's "On the Road" has been praised as a milestone in American literature, this film version brings into question how much of a story it really offers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
December 20, 2012
Audiences may find reliving their own travel experiences during On the Road, enjoying the pretty scenery between the occasional nap and restroom break.
Alex Zane
Sun Online
October 11, 2012
On The Road has some great moments - including a brilliant segment with Viggo Mortensen playing the legendary William Burroughs - but ultimately fails to take you on the ride you want.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express
October 11, 2012
Aside from a meandering, episodic narrative that never grips or compels the movie is, frankly, no more profound, insightful or thought-provoking than Road Trip or an American Pie movie - and a whole lot less fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Adam Woodward
Little White Lies
May 23, 2012
You can keep the Zeitgeist embalmed in myth and nostalgia for as long as you like, but to truly reinvigorate it you'll need a whole lot more than a whiskey-hued lens and a frontseat full of pretty faces.
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
April 5, 2013
A pretty disappointment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 24, 2012
Derogatory dismissals of prosaic visual experiences have been around since, well, someone was bored to tears. To the poetic hyperbole of watching paint dry, or grass grow, we can now add: watching a writer write.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
January 4, 2013
Well-intentioned and well-made but self-indulgent exercise tries really hard but falls short.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
December 21, 2012
It's neither the first nor the best road trip that Mr. Salles has brought to the screen.
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