The Road Reviews

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August 30, 2018
I cannot say how faithful this is but, having read other McCarthy books, would say the novel probably repaid your attention with its astonishing prose. This, though, puts you through the wringer, but doesn't repay you in any way.
May 23, 2018
It's fascinating to see the world become an empty vessel, but all The Road pours back into it are hollow truisms.
January 16, 2018
It wasn't fascinating at all. The movie looked like it cost $500 to make, excluding actors' salaries, which were worth another $500.
November 27, 2017
I'm not asking for the end of the world to be a thrill-ride, but maybe it could have been less of a meretricious trudge.
September 11, 2017
Even with the brief cameos by Robert Duvall and Guy Pearce, The Road doesn't meet expectations.
February 17, 2014
There's about as much action as My Dinner With Andre.
June 16, 2011
Unpleasant post-apocalyptic drama.
June 8, 2010
Has an interesting thesis about morality and humanity, but lacks complexity in its approach.
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."
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.
March 19, 2010
It's just a slow wander through wreckage, waiting for bad stuff to get worse.
March 2, 2010
The dull gray monotony of existence never looked as uninviting as it does in this film.
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.
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.
January 8, 2010
This one-note exercise in neo-medieval moodiness eventually dissolves into that perennial and most corny of Hollywood tropes: the search for redemption. A disappointment.
January 8, 2010
Drab, virtually plot-free and aridly pointless, this road doesn't get anywhere.
January 8, 2010
The Road offers an allegory of misery and dread that is crushing, not because it denies humanistic feeling but because it defies cinemagoing pleasure. You would have to be mad - or just morbidly depressed - to recommend it to anyone.
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.
December 28, 2009
Ultimately I think this is just one of those instances where nothing put upon the screen can compare to the original written word that inspired it, McCarthy's source material a masterpiece that's quite possibly impossible to adapt.
December 23, 2009
Instead of popcorn and soda, the concession stands ought to serve broken twigs and muddy water with this one.
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