• R, 1 hr. 56 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Sam Mendes
    In Theaters:
    Jul 12, 2002 Wide
    On DVD:
    Feb 25, 2003
  • DreamWorks SKG


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Road to Perdition Reviews

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Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Crisply, starchily self-conscious in its efforts to be a gangster epic. A pretty-enough remote place, with its rain and snow and fedoras and trenchcoats, but it's still a long way from Boardwalk Empire and Miller's Crossing.

Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

February 7, 2014
Mike Clark
USA Today
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So is Perdition still a must-see? No question. But it's tough to fuss about it much when a picture is this fussy.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3/4

April 14, 2013
David Denby
New Yorker
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Visually, the picture is all of a piece, but it's a self-conscious piece of work -- all dark-toned academic classicism.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

April 14, 2013
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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What makes the movie pay off is moving pictures of real action and of intimate scenes between man and boy that are all the more moving for being understated.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

April 14, 2013
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Powerful, beautiful film; ok for mature teens.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

December 29, 2010
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

The top-billed actors deliver: Hanks with his resonant reserve and Newman in conveying Rooney's failed attempt to live up to his self-image as the ultimate just and loving patriarch. [Blu-ray]

Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews | Original Score: 3/4

August 2, 2010
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

...something more than the sum of its parts; namely, a gripping, touching, entertaining motion picture.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 8/10

July 28, 2010
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix

This last motif surges in the film's coda with a sequence that is 2002's most rapturous, a long, undulating shot that combines serenity and horror.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix

July 6, 2010
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons

Director Sam Mendes is on course to become one of the great directors of this decade.

Full Review Source: Dark Horizons

July 6, 2010
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A true work of art from [director] Sam Mendes...

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

April 29, 2009

It's Newman who really stands out. Despite his advanced years -- he's 77 -- the man still has remarkable presence.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 4/5

October 1, 2008
Todd McCarthy
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While crisply edited and unindulgent, Mendes' work is gratifyingly old-school in its rejection of modern-day stylistic agitation, the better to achieve a slow but inexorable build to its climax.

Full Review Source: Variety

August 8, 2008
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review

Hanks and Newman are the personification of anguish and torn loyalty in a gripping, violent film that is part character study and part cat-and-mouse chase with classic western embellishments.

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 4/5

August 7, 2008
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound

Road is so beautiful, so well composed and so tidy in its sense of justice that it never quite gets its hands dirty enough to evoke any true emotion.

Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound | Original Score: 3/4

July 14, 2007
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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Sam Mendes's 2002 follow-up to American Beauty finds him every bit as adept, arty, and Oscar hungry.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

April 17, 2007
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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Ploughing a furrowed brow, Hanks is fatally miscast -- except that the story turns so sentimental and bathetic, he's actually in his element.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

A simple parable, starkly outlined, with talented actors shading these sketches with wisdom and detail.

| Original Score: B

December 6, 2004
Tony Medley

An enjoyable, well-acted, written, and directed two hours.

Full Review Source: tonymedley.com | Original Score: 6/10

October 7, 2004
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

It's wonderful to see Paul Newman in a great role again.

Full Review Source: Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY) | Original Score: 4/4

June 23, 2004
Willie Waffle

Mendes has proven that he must be counted among the greatest directors

Full Review Source: WaffleMovies.com | Original Score: 4/4

April 2, 2004
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