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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
[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.
| Original Score: 2/5
The pompous direction was inflicted by Sam Mendes, who seems to regard the 1950s as a foreign country.
These people are not tragic, they're not even pathetic - they're fountains of soap-opera profundities.
Revolutionary Road is content to stick with hoary cliches about the emptiness of middle-class bourgeois life.
| Original Score: 2/4
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?
[A] didactic, emotionally overblown critique of the soulless suburbs.
The film is blatantly aimed at the Oscar committee - anyone else may well find it slightly dull.
Who on earth seriously wants to watch an entire movie of Kate and Leo squabbling as their marriage implodes?
| Original Score: 5.5/10
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.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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
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.
| Original Score: 3/6
Give me something to care about.
Revolutionary Road hits theaters at the height of Oscar season. That doesn't mean it's Oscar worthy.
Dutifully reproduces incidents and particulars while only rarely glancing at the underlying element of self-deception, of acting a part, that defines said moments.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Sooner or later it becomes very hard to escape the sense that nothing actually happens in this film.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
We understand -- immediately, like in the second or third scene, thank you -- that they are tragically suppressed; why should we care?
| Original Score: C
Except for a handful of misplaced laughs, "Revolutionary Road" is nothing but loud arguments, awkward silences and other bits of unpleasantness.
Revolutionary takes us down a familiar road.