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Road House Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
This is not a good movie. But viewed in the right frame of mind, it is not a boring one, either.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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.
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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Variety Staff
January 8, 2008
Its vigilante justice, lawlessness and wanton violence feel ludicrous in a modern setting.
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
January 30, 2003
...your quintessential dumb, macho, guy's movie, with gratuitous sex and violence at every turn.
| Original Score: 5/10
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
The grotesque soon drowns out the giggles.
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
December 7, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
July 25, 2005
I hated this movie as a teen. Haven't seen it since.
| Original Score: 1/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
September 17, 2016
This titter-worthy picture is basically like 1988's Cocktail with multiple fractures added for good measure.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
October 28, 2003
| Original Score: 1/5
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Road House lays out its story with the subtlety of a wrestling match, and probably with less sharpness or savvy.
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
Though it doesn't say so anywhere in the film, Road House must be set on another planet where the inhabitants resemble humans. This can't be the world I live in.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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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
Emanuel Levy
June 16, 2005
| Original Score: 1/5
Michael Dequina
July 11, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Pete Croatto
May 31, 2006
the gayest thing next to a gladiator movie
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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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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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

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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