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Road House Reviews

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Jason Bailey
June 18, 2016
The Peruvian marching powder is all but dusting the corners of the frame throughout 'Road House,' which may as well go into a museum for '80s artifacts.
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
June 25, 2013
Road House is startling because of the intensity of its violence and because of Swayze's mindless posturing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 12, 2013
All Road House amounts to is a botched southern, and it's not worth a detour.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
April 30, 2012
Eventually it mutates into a paranoid revenge plot that might be called Walking Short.
Tom Tunney
Empire Magazine
April 15, 2008
An immensely enjoyable slice of romanticised fisticuffs, this is a Western in every respect except the stetsons and six guns.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

April 15, 2008
Good-natured enough, but essentially an excuse for lots of mindless violence perpetrated by one-dimensional characters.
March 23, 2008
Swayze kicks some serious ass
| Original Score: 3.5/5

TV Guide
January 8, 2008
Swayze is up to a part that requires him merely to show his muscles and dexterity, but Gazzara is trapped in his hopelessly evil caricature, leaving Sam Elliott (in a too-limited role) to provide the film's only real charm.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Variety Staff
January 8, 2008
Its vigilante justice, lawlessness and wanton violence feel ludicrous in a modern setting.
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
July 27, 2006
Badass brawls, broken beer bottles, booming beats, big boobs and bad blood.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
David Medsker
July 22, 2006
Road House is the mother of all stop signs for channel surfers everywhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
July 14, 2006
'Road House' is a terrible movie, and by 'terrible' I mean 'awesome.'
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
July 11, 2006's hard to go wrong with a film that features such choice bits of dialogue as "nobody ever wins a fight," "be nice until it's time to not be nice," and, of course, "pain don't hurt."
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
Mindless entertainment of the highest order.
Pete Croatto
May 31, 2006
the gayest thing next to a gladiator movie
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Clint Morris
May 15, 2006
Very cool, Very fast, and more action than the L.A Freeway. Perfect Popcorn Entertainment.
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
July 25, 2005
I hated this movie as a teen. Haven't seen it since.
| Original Score: 1/5
Frank Ochieng
May 23, 2003
A forgettable fist-flinging fable that's as ridiculously raucous as it is relevant. Swayze flexes his movie muscles needlessly in this dingy and disjointed drama
| Original Score: 2/5
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Caryn James
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Road House is much funnier than most comedies, until it turns vile instead of just stupid.
| Original Score: 2/5
Gil Jawetz
February 5, 2003
Road House is rootin' tootin' moo-vee makin' at its best. Hats off for working not one but two huge explosions into a movie about bar-fights.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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