Revolutionary Road (2008)



Critic Consensus: Brilliantly acted and emotionally powerful, Revolutionary Road is a handsome adaptation of Richard Yates' celebrated novel.

Movie Info

Titanic shipmates Kathy Bates, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Kate Winslet step onboard for director Sam Mendes' tale of suburban malaise in 1950s-era Connecticut. Adapted from the classic 1961 novel by author Richard Yates, Revolutionary Road tells the tale of a young Connecticut couple whose once-idealistic relationship steadily deteriorates into a ceaseless cycle of petty jealousy and bickering as they strive to retain their independence in the conformity-obsessed world of picket fences and perfectly … More

Rating: R (for language and some sexual content/nudity)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Justin Haythe
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 2, 2009
Box Office: $22.9M
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Critic Reviews for Revolutionary Road

All Critics (203) | Top Critics (41)

Mendes has made a troubling film that wrestles with big themes and touchy subjects, even if it is set in an overly familiar milieu.

Full Review… | August 23, 2010
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Bolstered by Thomas Newman's score, spot-on set design and the brilliant source material, "Revolutionary Road" is a darkly effective portrait of an Eisenhower-era couple who fall tragically short of reaching Camelot.

Full Review… | February 8, 2009
Top Critic

There is not a shred of hope, light or even life in Mendes' fourth film.

Full Review… | October 21, 2014

Revolutionary Road's portrait of a disintegrating marriage is so unflinching, so unsentimental, and so bleak, that you really need to be in a buoyant emotional state to get through the movie.

Full Review… | September 7, 2013
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Most of the way, the film feels more like a documentary about the couple than a corrosive study of either of them.

Full Review… | June 22, 2013

These people are not tragic, they're not even pathetic - they're fountains of soap-opera profundities.

Full Review… | August 16, 2011
East Bay Express

Audience Reviews for Revolutionary Road

Sam Mendes' 'Revolutionary Road' is a great movie in a lot of ways. The acting from its stars is incredibly powerful, Deaken's cinematography is graceful, and the story carries some considerable emotional weight. But 'Revolutionary Road' has a story that still feels unoriginal and sounds like a bore on paper. Entertainment value may be lost on great cinematic value, but what this film sets out to do, it does so so superbly.

Kase Vollebregt
Kase Vollebregt

Super Reviewer

Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio's performances are better than the movie itself. The movie is problematic, but these are one of the two greatest actors at their most emotional and rawest moment. I would say that the cinematography is picture-perfect.

Albert Kim
Albert Kim

Super Reviewer

Although flawed, this is an immensely powerful and moving film, thanks to outstanding acting, directing and intensely atmospheric cinematography. Mendes, Winslet and DiCaprio all outdo themselves here, and a typically understated and poignant score from Thomas Newman wraps the whole thing up.

Louis Rogers
Louis Rogers

Super Reviewer

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