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On the Road Reviews

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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
March 22, 2013
The film has a dreamy nocturnal lyricism, especially in scenes of Moriarty's streamlined 1949 Hudson Commodore hurtling across America's lamp-lit highways.
Full Review | Original Score: B plus
March 22, 2013
It's not a wreck of a movie; it's not a sleek race car either. But there's heat to be felt here.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 22, 2013
Walter Salles's warm but strangely staid adaptation of a piece of literature that was never meant to be tamed as cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 21, 2013
This makes for a rather uninspired film that, despite being based off of a novel considered a classic, fails to grab the viewer's attention with its meandering storyline and characters that drift in and out of the picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
March 21, 2013
"On the Road" is something of a sprawling mess, but then so is the novel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 21, 2013
It took more than half a century, but Jack Kerouac's autobiographical cult novel of bohemian youth in postwar America has reached the screen in wonderful form.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 21, 2013
Against all odds, a surprisingly effective movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 21, 2013
In Salles, screenwriter Jose Rivera and company's effort to get the details right, they only get so far. And it's not quite far enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 21, 2013
Clutching Jack Kerouac's peripatetic roman ā clef like a besotted sophomore, Walter Salles trails Kerouac and Neal Cassady's novelistic doppelgängers like an eager puppy.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
March 21, 2013
Director Walter Salles' film is fairly faithful to the source material. It's not going to start a movement, though.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 21, 2013
Notwithstanding the characters' spiritual camaraderie, Salles' emphasizes the hard physical labor and loneliness in Sal's story, including the jittery rigors of the writing process.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 21, 2013
Even if Salles' film can't possibly capture the impact of its source, it's intriguing enough to rate a place in the ever-expanding mythology of "the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live."
Full Review | Original Score: B-
March 21, 2013
It's not entirely successful, but it has many beautiful moments.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 21, 2013
Although Jack Kerouac's "On the Road" has been praised as a milestone in American literature, this film version brings into question how much of a story it really offers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 21, 2013
While Kerouac's odyssey lacks conventional narrative or novelistic beats (though it comes with plenty of the other kind), the restlessness of the prose has its own cinematic allure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 21, 2013
Comes off as the early days of douchebaggery in the aimless tale of a guy in love with the sound of his own voice.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
March 19, 2013
The movie makes you feel as though you've just woken up from an all-time bender: disoriented, confused, and wondering why you just put yourself through it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
March 18, 2013
They did what they wanted, even if it wasn't always that much, and they did it stylishly. While on drugs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 20, 2013
In the end, it retains its status as a journey to who-knows-where, yet probably not in the way its original author intended.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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