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Back Roads Reviews

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December 31, 2018
The morose, brooding film is certainly a change of pace for Pettyfer, but only a sporadically effective one.
Full Review | Original Score: C
December 18, 2018
A well-acted, mostly captivating, and wholly unpredictable noir, Back Roads is an impressive directorial debut for Pettyfer, who pulls double-duty in his strongest screen performance yet.
December 13, 2018
Dark and twisty indie drama.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
December 8, 2018
Emotions run high but Back Roads shows a promising start for Alex Pettyfer's directorial career in his first opportunity behind the camera.
December 7, 2018
Although it tends to wallow in lurid melodrama, the film deserves credit for not softening its difficult subject matter.
December 7, 2018
The effect, in this case, is more audacious than convincing.
December 7, 2018
Ambitious but unrefined, Alex Pettyfer's directorial debut Back Roads is a raw movie overburdened by heavy-handed drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
December 6, 2018
Back Roads may ultimately work better as a book than a movie, but you can't accuse this cast and crew of mailing this movie in.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
December 6, 2018
This was a big gamble for Pettyfer, who could have just coasted along in big budget films where actions often speak louder than the dialogue. His willingness to take a chance pays off.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 5, 2018
Even Pettyfer manages to get something out of Pettyfer, achieving his best screen performance to date.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
December 5, 2018
While Back Roads doesn't live up to its considerable dramatic and thematic ambitions, it provides a strong opportunity for its filmmaker/star to stretch his dramatic muscles in the lead role.
December 4, 2018
"Back Roads" is that peculiar kind of disappointment: a wreck about wreckage.
December 3, 2018
A character-driven, emotionally-rich story about a dark and dysfunctional family dynamic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 30, 2018
Trust me, it is worth watching and I applaud Pettyfer's skills in directing himself and the film. He shows that he can hold his own with Lewis.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
November 23, 2018
Turgid and sordid rural murder mystery/melodrama
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
May 23, 2018
With everything involved in this movie, it could have been too much, but Pettyfer strikes a clean cut, making this drama ooze with honesty and intensity. It's a compelling debut, with the entire cast emotionally invested.
April 30, 2018
A dark, claustrophobic thriller that stays on your mind long after viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
April 24, 2018
The emotions on display in Back Roads are not the type that can be buried and disposed of. They must be acknowledged and dealt with. And factoring in this being a freshman feature only makes the achievement all the more remarkable.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
April 21, 2018
This is an accomplished debut from Pettyfer as a director, and it shows how interested he seems to be in the scarier byways of life, which seemed clear in his performance last year in The Strange Ones.
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