• 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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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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Like its cinematic kin, Frost/Nixon and Doubt, this, too, is a delicately crafted, prestige project whose translation to screen doesn't deliver the original's amazements.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 5, 2009

[B]oth the protagonists are thoroughly mediocre, uninteresting people, and I never figured out why I was supposed to care about the fate of either of them.

Full Review Source: MSNBC | Original Score: 2/5

December 23, 2008
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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The pompous direction was inflicted by Sam Mendes, who seems to regard the 1950s as a foreign country.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

December 29, 2008
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

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

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

August 16, 2011
Sonny Bunch
Washington Times

Revolutionary Road is content to stick with hoary cliches about the emptiness of middle-class bourgeois life.

Full Review Source: Washington Times | Original Score: 2/4

August 30, 2009
Rossiter Drake
San Francisco Examiner

What is the point of 'Revolutionary Road,' besides providing a showcase for two dynamic actors, Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, to chew the scenery in an overwrought exposition of domestic combat?

Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner | Original Score: 2/4

December 24, 2008
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

Middlebrow self-consciousness

Full Review Source: CinePassion

August 26, 2009
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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[A] didactic, emotionally overblown critique of the soulless suburbs.

December 24, 2008
Mickey McMonagle
Sunday Mail [UK]

The film is blatantly aimed at the Oscar committee - anyone else may well find it slightly dull.

Full Review Source: Sunday Mail [UK] | Original Score: 2/5

February 5, 2009
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net

Who on earth seriously wants to watch an entire movie of Kate and Leo squabbling as their marriage implodes?

Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net | Original Score: 5.5/10

December 23, 2008
Tony Macklin
Fayetteville Free Weekly

Revolutionary Road is a dumbed down movie. But it's not dumbed down for just general audiences; it's dumbed down for would-be intellectual audiences, people who are supposed to like books. It sorely fits contemporary times.

Full Review Source: Fayetteville Free Weekly | Original Score: 1.5/5

February 1, 2009
Grant Lauchlan
Daily Record [UK]

WITH all the talent, time and effort that has gone into making a movie like this, I hate reducing it to one word. But here goes. Revolutionary Road is ... AWFUL.

| Original Score: 1/5

January 30, 2009
Nick Dent
Time Out Sydney

While the theme of 'what are you doing with your life?' resonates, it's not much fun to watch, in spite of splendid performances from all concerned.

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

January 22, 2009
Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
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Give me something to care about.

Full Review Source: At the Movies

December 29, 2008
Christian Toto
What Would Toto Watch?

Revolutionary Road hits theaters at the height of Oscar season. That doesn't mean it's Oscar worthy.

Full Review Source: What Would Toto Watch? | Original Score: 2/4

January 2, 2009
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

Dutifully reproduces incidents and particulars while only rarely glancing at the underlying element of self-deception, of acting a part, that defines said moments.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/4

December 20, 2008
Marc Fennell
Triple J

Sooner or later it becomes very hard to escape the sense that nothing actually happens in this film.

Full Review Source: Triple J | Original Score: 2.5/5

January 22, 2009
Dezhda Gaubert
E! Online

We understand -- immediately, like in the second or third scene, thank you -- that they are tragically suppressed; why should we care?

Full Review Source: E! Online | Original Score: C

December 30, 2008
Stephen Silver
The Trend

Except for a handful of misplaced laughs, "Revolutionary Road" is nothing but loud arguments, awkward silences and other bits of unpleasantness.

| Original Score: 1/5

January 15, 2009
Charles Koplinski
Illinois Times

Revolutionary takes us down a familiar road.

Full Review Source: Illinois Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 25, 2009
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