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.
Most of the way, the film feels more like a documentary about the couple than a corrosive study of either of them.
| Original Score: B+
These people are not tragic, they're not even pathetic - they're fountains of soap-opera profundities.
From the director of American Beauty comes another empty, fake-meaningful tale of how rotten it is in the suburbs.
| Original Score: 2/5
... far beyond deconstructing the man in the gray flannel suit. ... [writer Richard Yates] explored ways we acquire and define our identities from people we love, and how we set our lives on self-deceptive and self-destructive courses.
Revolutionary Road offers nothing you can't see on TV, with more compelling narratives and better performances (save for Michael Shannon).
| Original Score: 5/10
Mendes has made a troubling film that wrestles with big themes and touchy subjects, even if it is set in an overly familiar milieu.
| Original Score: 4/5
The characters in this film are weak-willed, pathetic losers. I just couldn't muster much sympathy for the characters that couldn't burst out of the cages of their own design.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Revolutionary Road is content to stick with hoary cliches about the emptiness of middle-class bourgeois life.
| Original Score: 2/4
It's hard to shake the feeling that this is merely a lesser rehash of Mendes' more accomplished film American Beauty.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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It plays like Douglas Sirk without the irony.
...more of a sedate lecture on values than a revealing or entertaining look at life and love.
Can't tell whether Mendes speaks through his characters or speaks about them
Similar yet better domestic dramas that come to mind for comparison purposes include "In the Bedroom," "Little Children" and "American Beauty."
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Chilly and academic, thoroughly admirable but one step removed from the very real angst of a movie like The Man in the Grey Flannel Suit (1956).
Suburban malaise has seldom been better looking or better acted.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
[Solid] performances took me over some of the bumps of the movie.
The result of all this combined talent is a masterpiece of a film that reveals the hidden disease at the heart of American life in the 1950s.
| Original Score: A