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On the Road Reviews

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December 20, 2012
On the Road is not a great movie, but it's a pretty interesting work of literary criticism.
December 20, 2012
Audiences may find reliving their own travel experiences during On the Road, enjoying the pretty scenery between the occasional nap and restroom break.
December 20, 2012
It all seems - dare I say it? - of little consequence.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
December 20, 2012
Salles has lovingly crafted a poetic, sensitive, achingly romantic version of the Kerouac book that captures the evanescence of its characters' existence and the purity of their rebellious hunger for the essence of life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 20, 2012
They don't seem like real people savoring their youth, but rather like illustrations in a book about how the Beats behaved.
Full Review | Original Score: C
December 19, 2012
Mistakes droning meditation for soulful significance, dashing around Kerouac's experiences without establishing connective tissue, making the feature less about the characters and more about the highlights.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
December 19, 2012
In the end, ''On the Road'' remains paved over.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 19, 2012
This, and a certain lack of what one could call narrative thrust, makes 'On the Road' a strange, diffuse experience, offering occasional glimpses of genuine beauty ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 19, 2012
The period detail is perfect and the lensing nails the novel's frenzied rhythms, but a literal-minded approach and miscast lead stall this baby before the finish line.
December 18, 2012
Mostly feels like a group of Kerouac devotees performing a lifeless reenactment of prose that was better left on the page.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 18, 2012
Another "primitive" postwar antique repurposed for boutique sale.
December 18, 2012
A dash of Tarantino might have juiced up Walter Salles' wrongheadedly well-mannered take on Jack Kerouac's 1957 Beat Generation landmark. On the Road feels tight and constricted.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 18, 2012
A snapshot of the nonconformist Beatniks of the 1950s who yearned for the freedom and pleasures of the open road.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 17, 2012
The lack of a strong expository voice further simplifies the wealth of explicit sex Walter Salles dramatizes, much of it drawn from juicy swathes of Jack Kerouac's only recently published original scroll.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 17, 2012
A case of alienation twice removed. First by the characters who wander in an emotionally distant fog through a perplexing American landscape. Then the filmmaker, whose voyage into palpably unfamiliar cultural territory compounds everything else.
December 13, 2012
On the Road just can't keep the beat
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
December 12, 2012
Shocking revelation! The movie is not as good as the book.
December 1, 2012
Salles's movie is a cause for celebration - the kind of celebration where everyone in attendance puts down their inhibitions and acts with all immediate integrity of soul.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
November 28, 2012
Too calculated and respectful to bring on any needed spontaneity.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
November 12, 2012
If you didn't know that Jack Kerouac's novel... was a seminal influence on postwar America... you would never, ever guess it from this lifeless, soulless, pointless adaptation.
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