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The Road (2009)



Critic Consensus: The Road's commitment to Cormac McCarthy's dark vision may prove too unyielding for some, but the film benefits from hauntingly powerful performances from Viggo Mortensen and Kodi McPhee.

Movie Info

"The Road" is a post-apocalyptic dramatic thriller about a father and his son walking alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the coast, although they don't know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing; just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food -- and each other.more
Rating: R (for some violence, disturbing images and language)
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: , ,
Written By: Joe Penhall
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 25, 2010
Box Office: $8.0M
The Weinstein Co./Dimension - Official Site


Guy Pearce
as Veteran
Molly Parker
as Veteran's Wife
Garret Dillahunt
as Gang Member
Bob Jennings
as Bearded Man
Agnes Herrmann
as Archer's Woman
Kirk Brown
as Bearded Face
Jack Erdie
as Bearded Man #2
David August Lindaue...
as Man on Mattress
Gina Preciado
as Well Fed Woman
Mary Rawson
as Well Fed Woman #2
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News & Interviews for The Road

Critic Reviews for The Road

All Critics (203) | Top Critics (42)

A remarkable, haunting picture worth multiple viewings.

Full Review… | September 24, 2014
Film Comment Magazine

The Road is one of the year's strongest dramas. But it's no picnic, to say the least.

Full Review… | March 11, 2014
Maclean's Magazine

There's about as much action as My Dinner With Andre.

Full Review… | February 17, 2014
Stop Smiling

The Road is a highly emotional, involving, palm-sweatingly tense movie that will scar you for life if you let it. Exhausting to watch but oddly exhilirating to experience, it's a film you'll watch once but will never forget.

Full Review… | September 28, 2012

Unpleasant post-apocalyptic drama.

Full Review… | June 16, 2011
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Hillcoat does his best, and for the most part, he succeeds. The horrifically desolate landscape and the drab greys and cobalt blues of the scarred sky pervade every shot.

Full Review… | October 21, 2010

Audience Reviews for The Road

A beautifully shot film with a haunting soundtrack that adds to the depressing and often disturbing story of a father trying to keep his son alive in a post apocalyptic world. Mortensen is simply amazing as the father and the youngster Kodi Smit-Mcphee is great as the son.

It doesnt matter what happened, it just did and when that time comes, the story revolves around someone just trying to survive. And that is the beauty of this simple but complex story. Wonderful film.

John Manard

Super Reviewer


Cormac McCarthy's adapted story is suffocatingly dense and devastating, a deeply haunting tale about a man struggling to keep his son alive in a hopeless post-apocalyptic world, and it relies mostly on two strong performances by Viggo Mortensen and Kodi Smit-McPhee.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


Grim, straight ahead, no frills account about a just-the-facts dad and his young boy trying to survive after the apocalypse. Hope peers occasionally through the cracks but this highway makes no allusions about where its headed. Decent.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

The Road Quotes

The Boy: Poppa!
– Submitted by Donivan D (3 years ago)
The Boy: Are you carrying the fire?
The Veteran: Am I what?
The Boy: Carrying the fire.
The Veteran: You're kind of weirded out, aren't you, kid?
The Boy: Well, are you?
The Veteran: Yeah. I'm carrying the fire.
– Submitted by Steven F (3 years ago)
The Boy: Because we're the good guys.
The Man: Yes.
The Boy: And we're carrying the fire.
The Man: Yes.
– Submitted by Steven F (3 years ago)
The Boy: Are we still the good guys?
The Man: Yes, we're still the good guys. Of course we are.
The Boy: And we always will be? No matter what happens?
The Man: Always will.
– Submitted by Steven F (3 years ago)

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