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The Road Reviews

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Steve Dollar
Stop Smiling
February 17, 2014
There's about as much action as My Dinner With Andre.
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Sam Adams
Los Angeles Times
December 2, 2009
Hillcoat certainly provides the requisite seriousness, but what the movie lacks is an underlying sense of innocence, a sense that, however far humanity has sunk, there is at least some chance of rising again.
| Original Score: B-
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
November 25, 2009
This is a willfully, skillfully crafted film with insufficient heart to the task it undertakes. It never fully connects us to love amid its ruins.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
William Goss
Orlando Weekly
December 17, 2009
What was poetic and spare on the page has become monotonous and oppressive on the screen.
John P. McCarthy
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
November 24, 2009
The ending rings false; and the overbearingly sentimental music can't compensate for the lack of even harsh lyricism.
Adam Lippe
November 24, 2009
It's never clear why the movie needed to be made, unless Hillcoat wanted to show that he could compete with Bela Tarr's 7 1/2 hour Satantango by having just as many endless shots of downtrodden people walking down a dirt road.
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
December 23, 2009
Instead of popcorn and soda, the concession stands ought to serve broken twigs and muddy water with this one.
Anders Wotzke
December 10, 2009
Watching McCarthy's story unfold is a lot like listening to a brooding musician hold down the lowest key on a piano for two unrelenting hours.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Fernando F. Croce
December 8, 2009
Filmed as if dictated by Jehovah but ultimately boasting only a fraction of the artistic value of, say, Terminator: Salvation
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Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
November 24, 2009
... what remains of 'The Road' is an honorable failure, given there was never any real hope of translating McCarthy's style-driven novel into film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Andrew O'Hagan
London Evening Standard
January 8, 2010
Like Mad Max on Mogadon, the film is enraptured with its own depressiveness, coming on like the worst New Year hangover you've ever had.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tony Macklin
November 5, 2009
When a movie is bleak and depressing, it had better be damned good. The Road is damned bad.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
November 25, 2009
Tedious, dull and anticlimactic despite decent performances and exquisite cinematography filled with bleak images. It's ultimately an underwhelming experience that lacks emotional resonance.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.25/10
Gary Wolcott
Tri-City Herald
January 16, 2010
It's a grind. Each weary, rainy step is agony. Around every corner is more desolation. More destruction. More misery. On it goes until The Road finally hits a dead end.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)
January 28, 2010
Anyone looking for either an adventure or an engrossing rumination on life after The End will find it tough to see beyond the film's starkly rendered gloom.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
November 25, 2009
Mortensen and Smit-McPhee may deliver intense, often gut-wrenching performances, but their journey is too mysterious and soaked in one-note misery to keep you rapt.
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Todd McCarthy
September 3, 2009
Except for the physical aspects of this bleak odyssey by a father and son through a post-apocalyptic landscape, this long-delayed production falls dispiritingly short on every front.
Brian Orndorf
June 2, 2010
"The images are searing, but there's little for Hillcoat to bat around besides endless agony. The Road is glacial and precise, but rarely offers the viewer something to chew on besides utter finality."
Full Review | Original Score: C
Prairie Miller
June 1, 2010
While identifying with characters in a bad situation is a movie must, drowning in their deep funk as much as they do, is a narrative no-no.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
November 25, 2009
Zombieland was the same movie with laughs, but if you take away the comedy, what is left? Nothing, on a vast scale.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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