• R, 1 hr. 59 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Sam Mendes
    In Theaters:
    Dec 15, 2008 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jun 2, 2009
  • Paramount Vantage


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Revolutionary Road Reviews

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Jason Best
Movie Talk

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 Source: Movie Talk

September 7, 2013
Will Leitch

Most of the way, the film feels more like a documentary about the couple than a corrosive study of either of them.

Full Review Source: Deadspin | Original Score: B+

June 22, 2013
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife

... 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.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas CityLife

January 26, 2011
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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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 Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 4/5

August 23, 2010
Anders Wotzke

It's hard to shake the feeling that this is merely a lesser rehash of Mendes' more accomplished film American Beauty.

Full Review Source: Moviedex | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 1, 2009
Keith Cohen
Entertainment Spectrum

Similar yet better domestic dramas that come to mind for comparison purposes include "In the Bedroom," "Little Children" and "American Beauty."

Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 21, 2009
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

Suburban malaise has seldom been better looking or better acted.

Full Review Source: Cinema Sight | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 1, 2009
Eric Melin

[Solid] performances took me over some of the bumps of the movie.

Full Review Source: Scene-Stealers.com | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 11, 2009
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

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.

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: A

February 11, 2009
Kam Williams

A road to ruin paved more by mindless conformity than by good intentions.

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 9, 2009
Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
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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 Source: Richard Roeper.com | Original Score: 4/5

February 8, 2009
Philip French
Observer [UK]

Sam Mendes's film, based on a faithful screenplay by Justin Haythe, is beautifully crafted.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

February 5, 2009
Allan Hunter
Daily Express

Sam Mendes has created an intelligent, thoroughly engrossing, beautifully acted adaptation of a classic novel that depicts the tragic underside of America's sunniest decade.

Full Review Source: Daily Express | Original Score: 4/5

February 5, 2009
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total

(...) Al menos desde Quin le teme a Virginia Woolf?, de Mike Nichols (1966), no se vea en el cine estadounidense el resquebrajamiento de un matrimonio de manera tan cruda y tan honesta.

Full Review Source: Uruguay Total | Original Score: 3/5

February 2, 2009
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

Terrivelmente prejudicado em função da abordagem distanciada e excessivamente racional de Mendes, que parece estar sempre julgando e condenando seus personagens.

Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena | Original Score: 3/5

January 30, 2009
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine

Handsomely done and beautifully acted, just slightly wanting in a screenplay that leaves questions unanswered about what's behind these unhappy people. And it's ultra-depressing...

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

January 30, 2009
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
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This is a sobering, well-observed film that doesn't fully hit the mark but sets up enough pleasing ideas to chew on regarding ambition, marriage and ideals of how to live one's life, individually and as a couple.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/6

January 30, 2009

A worthy but slightly cold adaptation of a classic American novel that fails to fully engage the audience's sympathy despite first-rate performances and some sublime camerawork by multiple Oscar nominee Roger Deakins.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 3/5

January 30, 2009
James Christopher
Times [UK]

Ultimately, the performances are (rightly) more involving than the story. By the same token, the actors are more involving than the film.

Full Review Source: Times [UK] | Original Score: 3/5

January 30, 2009
Peter Bradshaw

A deeply felt, moving and genuinely tragic study of a marriage tearing itself apart.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 4/5

January 30, 2009
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