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On the Road Reviews

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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
September 2, 2012
There are times when the film is incredibly pleasing to the eye but there is sadly little to be found beyond the aesthetic delights.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 20, 2012
On the Road is not a great movie, but it's a pretty interesting work of literary criticism.
October 13, 2012
Perhaps its a testament to Kerouac's mastery of his own screwy milieu that all attempts to impose order on the material are doomed to fail.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
May 23, 2012
Walter Salles' take is ultimately a failed attempt to adapt the unadaptable.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
December 13, 2012
On the Road just can't keep the beat
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
June 12, 2012
A rambling, tedious, seemingly unending mess that can't be salvaged by three decent but mostly underwhelming performances. Maybe some Benzedrine would make the whole experience seem worthwhile.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 27, 2012
The straightforward narrative struggles to articulate the giddy thrills of making deep connections, of kindred spirits, and sex, jazz and Benzedrine.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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+
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
October 10, 2012
After more than two hours I felt like I'd been watching The Numb Diaries more than a Tarmac-gripping thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
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.
October 11, 2012
On The Road has some great moments - including a brilliant segment with Viggo Mortensen playing the legendary William Burroughs - but ultimately fails to take you on the ride you want.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 11, 2012
Aside from a meandering, episodic narrative that never grips or compels the movie is, frankly, no more profound, insightful or thought-provoking than Road Trip or an American Pie movie - and a whole lot less fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 23, 2012
You can keep the Zeitgeist embalmed in myth and nostalgia for as long as you like, but to truly reinvigorate it you'll need a whole lot more than a whiskey-hued lens and a frontseat full of pretty faces.
April 5, 2013
A pretty disappointment.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
May 24, 2012
Derogatory dismissals of prosaic visual experiences have been around since, well, someone was bored to tears. To the poetic hyperbole of watching paint dry, or grass grow, we can now add: watching a writer write.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
January 4, 2013
Well-intentioned and well-made but self-indulgent exercise tries really hard but falls short.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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