The Road Reviews

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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.
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 26, 2010
It calls on all of one's powers of emotional endurance but it rewards the brave. It is relentless but beautiful, harrowing but tender.
January 8, 2010
Hillcoat's movie is a resounding triumph. Stunning landscape photography sets the melancholy mood, and Nick Cave's wrenching score reinforces it. But it is the performances that ultimately hold the film together.
January 8, 2010
A Trojan-horse blockbuster that promises the wham bam of apocalypse while actually delivering the quiet pain of human intimacy, The Road might just be one of the most heartfelt end-of-the-world movies yet made.
January 8, 2010
It is an inexpressibly painful subject and Hillcoat has brought it to the screen with great intelligence.
January 8, 2010
The Road isn't flawless, it isn't quite the emotional masterpiece you want it to be, but it is both a worthy companion piece to the source material and, moreover, a dramatic slice of cinematic story telling in its own right.
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 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.
November 30, 2009
It hits a few tinny, sentimental notes. Still, I admire the craft and conviction of this film, and I was impressed enough by the look and the performances to recommend that you see it.
November 30, 2009
What's unnerving is that the end of the world was shot on location. Apparently, if you want to see doom, just go to New Orleans or Pittsburgh.
November 29, 2009
In this haunting portrait of America as no country for old men or young, Hillcoat -- through the artistry of Mortensen and Smit-McPhee -- carries the fire of our shared humanity and lets it burn bright and true.
November 29, 2009
How could anything so bleak be so promising?
November 29, 2009
You hang on to yourself for dear life, resisting belief as best you can in the face of powerful acting, persuasive filmmaking and the perversely compelling certainty that nothing will turn out all right.
November 26, 2009
Is the film too grim? Or not grim enough? In a perverse way, I fear it's both.
November 25, 2009
This year's entry in the Movies You Admire and Respect but Don't Ever Want to Watch Again Sweepstakes.
November 25, 2009
The most arresting aspect of The Road is just how fully the filmmakers have realized this bleak, blighted landscape of a modern society reduced to savagery.
November 25, 2009
The Road possesses undeniable sweep and a grim kind of grandeur, but it ultimately plays like a zombie movie with literary pretensions.
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.
November 25, 2009
Cormac McCarthy's Pulitzer Prize-winning, Oprah-endorsed, post-apocalyptic survivalist prose poem... was a quick, lacerating read. John Hillcoat's literal adaptation is, by contrast, a long, dull slog.
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