So is Perdition still a must-see? No question. But it's tough to fuss about it much when a picture is this fussy.
| Original Score: 3/4
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.
Powerful, beautiful film; ok for mature teens.
| Original Score: 4/5
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]
...something more than the sum of its parts; namely, a gripping, touching, entertaining motion picture.
| Original Score: 8/10
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.
Director Sam Mendes is on course to become one of the great directors of this decade.
From the first ten minutes you can already guess this is a true epic and masterpiece.
It's Newman who really stands out. Despite his advanced years -- he's 77 -- the man still has remarkable presence.
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.
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.
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.
A simple parable, starkly outlined, with talented actors shading these sketches with wisdom and detail.
| Original Score: B
An enjoyable, well-acted, written, and directed two hours.
| Original Score: 6/10
It's wonderful to see Paul Newman in a great role again.
| Original Score: 4/4
Mendes has proven that he must be counted among the greatest directors
Easily the best movie so far in 2002, Road to Perdition holds its own against the finest films any year has to offer.
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It is this year's first truly great film.
| Original Score: 5/5
Along with cinematographer Conrad L. Hall, [Sam] Mendes has crafted a film that's just as exciting to look at as it is to watch.