Revolutionary Road Reviews

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Simon Miraudo
October 21, 2014
There is not a shred of hope, light or even life in Mendes' fourth film.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook
October 7, 2015
Mr. Mendes at least has an idea what he should be going for even though he ultimately fails.
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
January 5, 2009
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 23, 2008
[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 | Original Score: 2/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
December 29, 2008
The pompous direction was inflicted by Sam Mendes, who seems to regard the 1950s as a foreign country.
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 16, 2011
These people are not tragic, they're not even pathetic - they're fountains of soap-opera profundities.
Sonny Bunch
Washington Times
August 30, 2009
Revolutionary Road is content to stick with hoary cliches about the emptiness of middle-class bourgeois life.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Rossiter Drake
San Francisco Examiner
December 24, 2008
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 | Original Score: 2/4
Fernando F. Croce
August 26, 2009
Middlebrow self-consciousness
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
December 24, 2008
[A] didactic, emotionally overblown critique of the soulless suburbs.
Mickey McMonagle
Sunday Mail [UK]
February 5, 2009
The film is blatantly aimed at the Oscar committee - anyone else may well find it slightly dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Edward Douglas
December 23, 2008
Who on earth seriously wants to watch an entire movie of Kate and Leo squabbling as their marriage implodes?
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
Tony Macklin
Fayetteville Free Weekly
February 1, 2009
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 | Original Score: 1.5/5
Grant Lauchlan
Daily Record [UK]
January 30, 2009
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
Nick Dent
Time Out Sydney
January 22, 2009
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 | Original Score: 3/6
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
December 29, 2008
Give me something to care about.
Christian Toto
What Would Toto Watch?
January 2, 2009
Revolutionary Road hits theaters at the height of Oscar season. That doesn't mean it's Oscar worthy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
December 20, 2008
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
Marc Fennell
Triple J
January 22, 2009
Sooner or later it becomes very hard to escape the sense that nothing actually happens in this film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Dezhda Gaubert
E! Online
December 30, 2008
We understand -- immediately, like in the second or third scene, thank you -- that they are tragically suppressed; why should we care?
Full Review | Original Score: C
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