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On the Road Reviews

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Richard Knight
Windy City Times
June 27, 2014
Although the film is sensationally photographed and artfully directed and scored, it's ultimately strictly dullsville, man.
Louis Proyect
rec.arts.movies.reviews
November 1, 2013
Despite the obvious enthusiasm of the screenwriter, the director, and the actors for Kerouac's novel, they get it wrong. Probably nobody can get it right, since the power is in the words, not the story.
Bill Gibron
Film Racket
August 6, 2013
Salles can't recreate the feeling of finding oneself in Kerouac's prose
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media
June 26, 2013
It's hard to imagine how such an exciting book became such a boring movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
May 2, 2013
A booze-soaked, drug-riddled, sex-filled escapade with no real point about young people casting off whatever yokes chain them and seeing what's out there. It captures the pure exhilaration of freedom for its own sake.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
April 26, 2013
If our On the Road is a barely coherent tightrope act - a fizzy word drunk stand-up speed-rapped by an aspiring poet posing as a dumb saint prole - then it's tough to take this pretty version, populated by Gap models in retro Americana fashions.
Full Review | Original Score: 81/100
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
April 22, 2013
The movie version of "On the Road" won't have the impact on a person that the book ever did. But it does go some way to explaining why the book did.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Eric Melin
Lawrence.com
April 15, 2013
At just over two hours, its challenging to stay invested in the movie and its choppy, rambling storyline. As a filmic experience, however, it serves as an interesting companion piece to the similarly challenging 'The Master.'
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
David Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan
April 6, 2013
Not a film for the masses....the story is laced with sex, drugs and nudity, but it is a capable character study of a group of young friends who could be part of any generation.
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
April 5, 2013
A pretty disappointment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rick Kisonak
Seven Days
April 3, 2013
Considering the central characters would become the dominant figures of the Beat movement, it's unbelievable how pedestrian their antics prove, not to mention how through-the-roof the picture's corn quotient is. Could the soundtrack have more bongo music?
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
March 30, 2013
Salles approaches Kerouac's raw, restless and spontaneous work in such a staid and conservative manner that the movie might as well be a lesser Merchant-Ivory production from the team's late-'90s period of decline.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
March 29, 2013
The filmmakers are intelligent and gifted, but they fail to provide a satisfying answer to the question facing anyone who might want to make a movie version of 'On the Road,' namely: Why bother?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
March 28, 2013
Even Stewart, exuding more passion than in all five Twilight movies, registers more fully than the preening leads.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
March 28, 2013
Jack Kerouac's Beat Generation bible "On the Road" was experimental, experiential and ephemeral in a way Walter Salles' film never captures or portrays.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jon Niccum
Kansas City Star
March 28, 2013
If the movie weren't so visually eloquent at evoking post-war America, it might prove unbearable.
| Original Score: 2/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
March 26, 2013
Salles aims to do for Jack Kerouac what he did for Che Guevara, i.e., to make him and his pals rock stars.
Roger Moore
Movie Nation
March 22, 2013
What Salles gets just right is the sense of speed - of lives lived too fast, of the blacktop passing before their windshield in a blur.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
March 22, 2013
This pretty period-pictorial companion piece to the novel fatally misses out on the brain-firing raw buzz that Kerouac felt and passed on to his readers...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nina Garin
San Diego Union-Tribune
March 22, 2013
Hedlund is too pretty and not quite as maniacally charming as Dean. Riley's Kerouac is even more apprehensive than the one in the novel, and that raspy voice he uses is distracting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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