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Road To Nowhere Reviews

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Nicolas Rapold
Film Comment Magazine

Without succumbing to any romance about the magic of motion pictures, Hellman imbues Road to Nowhere with a haunted yet hallowed quality.

Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine

July 1, 2013
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Becomes less clever the more clever it gets.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B-

September 15, 2011
Margot Harrison
Seven Days

The film is a series of carefully composed, painterly tableaux that may stay in your mind long after its "story" has been forgotten.

Full Review Source: Seven Days | Original Score: 6/10

August 27, 2011
Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
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The final scene offers clarity, at least, if not a satisfying payoff.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

August 11, 2011
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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"The Road to Nowhere" plays like an exercise in frustrating audiences.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

August 4, 2011
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

A return to form. But it still has the power to leave audiences disoriented, just as Hellman's best films Ride in the Whirlwind, The Shooting, Two-Lane Blacktop, and Cockfighter once did.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 4/4

July 22, 2011
David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle
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Ultimately, the film gets too clever and confusing for its own good, while the slow pacing zaps momentum from the story (and the story within the story).

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

July 21, 2011
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Ebert Presents At The Movies

A pretty great movie.

Full Review Source: Ebert Presents At The Movies

July 1, 2011
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

The sort of movie that goes down so many wormholes that, at the end, there's room for debate about what was real and what wasn't.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 3/4

July 1, 2011
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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A rabbit hole of enigmatic characters and swampy motives...Shot by shot, the film has a burnished, beautiful sheen.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

June 30, 2011
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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"Road to Nowhere" is a beautifully made, glorious mess.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3.5/5

June 23, 2011
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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A stylish, shimmering neo-noir with a multi-layered narrative for which the director's longtime collaborator Steven Gaydos has written an exceedingly elliptical and challenging script.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

June 16, 2011
Chris Barsanti
Film Journal International

The first feature film from Monte Hellman in 21 years is a quirky and self-reflexive film-within-a-film mystery that whiplashes viewers with audacious inventiveness; it's both more and less than it seems.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

June 13, 2011
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics

Cult icon Hellman has no pity on the faint of heart in this complex time-warped epic of a film noir.

Full Review Source: Monsters and Critics | Original Score: 8/10

June 10, 2011
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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There are rewards to be teased out of Monte Hellman's enigmatic new picture, but you'll have to accept the title as a promise, rather than a threat.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

June 10, 2011
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Has a great setup but not much in the way of a payoff.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

June 10, 2011
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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If Mr. Hellman's movie only partly fulfills its promise as a gripping neo-noir mystery, his stylistic hallmarks lend it a singularly haunting atmosphere.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

June 9, 2011
Jason Heck
Kansas City Star

Part of the pleasure of the film is trying to parse the reality from the fiction as Hellman weaves everything sinuously together.

Full Review Source: Kansas City Star | Original Score: 3/4

June 9, 2011
Keith Phipps
AV Club

The tone and subject at times recall David Lynch's Lost Highway and Mulholland Dr., but the approach is Hellman's own.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B+

June 9, 2011
Michelle Orange

Hellman's placid long shots belie the film's elaborate tease: Big, pretty swaths of film stitched into an increasingly perverse, unresolved design.

Full Review Source: Movieline | Original Score: 6/10

June 9, 2011
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