Reservation Road Reviews

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Mike Barnard
Future Movies UK
October 19, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
October 16, 2007
A flawed presentation of compelling material and intriguing characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 1, 2008
Would-be screenwriters are advised to catch Reservation Road on cable as it provides an object lesson of three awful script clichés that are to be avoided at all costs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
October 18, 2007
The best efforts of the performers cannot authenticate a plot that no longer feels inevitable. It feels contrived. And the audience stays at a remove instead of entering someone else's nightmare.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
October 19, 2007
A deadly earnest and deadly dull psychological thriller.
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
April 28, 2011
What did we do to deserve these grief-counselor filmmakers? They seem to think they can express something that we cannot, and they're so persistent. It's enough to make us want to run away from home.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
September 19, 2007
The film gets caught somewhere between domestic weep-athon and revenge melodrama.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
October 22, 2007
This is kind of a terrible movie with some really talented people.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
October 26, 2007
Reservation Road was a fine book, but it should have stayed on the page.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nick Schager
Cinematical
October 19, 2007
In the Bedroom redux, but squishier and stupider.
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
October 18, 2007
Centered around coincidences so extraordinary they pull me out of the film.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Heather Huntington
ReelzChannel.com
August 26, 2008
Ultimately devolves into a Crime and Punishment-esque moral exercise, with heavy-handed social commentaries and a rough ending that left me with a bad taste in my mouth.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
October 19, 2007
You know exactly where the story is going, and, dang, that's exactly where it goes.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
September 14, 2007
A dramatic situation that should be wrenching is mostly tedious in Reservation Road.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
October 19, 2007
The tears and the blame mix uneasily in Reservation Road, a grim, mechanistic thriller about death and suffering, life and healing among the civilized.
| Original Score: 2/5
Kit Bowen
Hollywood.com
November 2, 2007
With a cast like Phoenix, Ruffalo and Connelly, you know you're in for, at the very least, some compelling performances -- a fact that thankfully saves Reservation Road from utter banality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Beth Accomando
KPBS.org
October 20, 2007
But the family's suffering in Reservation Road is nothing compared to what the audience is put through in this painfully contrived drama.
Rebecca Murray
About.com
October 18, 2007
Reservation Road leads audiences on an hour and forty minute ride to nowhere special.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
October 19, 2007
All of them [the cast] dazed with Oscarlust, aren't in on the joke they're telling.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
October 18, 2008
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
May 15, 2012
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Urban Cinefile
August 1, 2008
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 27, 2007

Boxoffice Magazine
April 3, 2008
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