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Reservation Road Reviews

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David Fear
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
October 18, 2008
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 27, 2007
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
October 26, 2007
Despite its contrivances, Reservation Road is moving at times, and that's largely due to the skill of its cast.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
October 26, 2007
It starts with devastation and closes, after a few reels of narrative dithering, with a climax of hairpin emotional turns and indisputable power.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 26, 2007
A film of distinguished performances that rise above a coincidence-riddled and perfunctory screenplay -- without redeeming it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 25, 2007
Reservation Road is a car wreck of a movie about an auto accident. It's designed as a psychological suspense film, but every character development and plot twist can be seen far in advance. It's a mystery with no guessing.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
October 25, 2007
An exercise in frustration and wasted opportunities.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
October 22, 2007
This is kind of a terrible movie with some really talented people.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
October 20, 2007
The major failure here is fear of the very emotions the movie purports to be about.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
October 20, 2007
Reservation Road is all about the darkness that lurks in the hearts of men, and although it's dark in there, all right, the power of redemption is always a possibility. This dour, ponderous picture just can't show the way.
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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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Claudia Puig
USA Today
October 19, 2007
Unfortunately, the film grows contrived.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
October 19, 2007
Original and gripping.
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Dana Stevens
Slate
October 19, 2007
...You resent the manipulative mechanics of the story.
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
October 19, 2007
A hit-and-miss drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
October 19, 2007
A deadly earnest and deadly dull psychological thriller.
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
October 19, 2007
There's a problem when you make a film so dark that Hotel Rwanda looks like a crowd-pleaser -- especially when the story asks filmgoers to leave their reasoning skills at home.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
October 19, 2007
Director Terry George tells this painful and complicated story well.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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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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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
October 19, 2007
Unrelentingly bleak, the movie is nonetheless a riveting drama with some outstanding performances...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
October 19, 2007
Grief has rarely seemed so ordinary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
October 19, 2007
Painful but illuminating.
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
October 19, 2007
For all of the roiling emotion, it feels oddly flat, distant and one-dimensional.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Nell Minow
Chicago Sun-Times
October 19, 2007
In the elegaic, beautifully acted Reservation Road, both [Phoenix and Ruffalo] are trying to find a path toward wholeness and each will need the other to find it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
October 19, 2007
The real problem with this movie isn't its trashy side. It's the creepy note of causal judgment that hangs over it concerning the potential nightmare of parental visitation and enforcer ex-wives.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
October 18, 2007
Even the best actors -- and I'd rank Joaquin Phoenix and Mark Ruffalo among their generation's finest -- can't save a movie that aims for tragedy but stalls at soap opera.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
October 18, 2007
It's a relentlessly downbeat, well-acted melodrama that's easy to admire, but intentionally impossible to enjoy.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Scott Foundas
Village Voice
October 18, 2007
Reservation Road is one of those movies where the characters suffer early and often.
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
October 18, 2007
An arduous melodrama set in a high-tax-bracket corner of Connecticut.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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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Rex Reed
New York Observer
October 17, 2007
This movie probes your inner conscience without losing sight of its breathless entertainment value.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
October 17, 2007
Bad things happen and terrible choices are made in the very sad, very nerve-racking, very good melodrama Reservation Road.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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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
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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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Todd McCarthy
Variety
September 14, 2007
A dramatic situation that should be wrenching is mostly tedious in Reservation Road.