On the Road Reviews

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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.
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.
March 21, 2013
"On the Road" is something of a sprawling mess, but then so is the novel.
March 21, 2013
Against all odds, a surprisingly effective movie.
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.
March 21, 2013
Director Walter Salles' film is fairly faithful to the source material. It's not going to start a movement, though.
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.
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.
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.
January 18, 2013
Sorry, On the Road just doesn't travel well.
January 17, 2013
The film is a handsomely photographed and competently cast work that does justice to Kerouac's concept of "the purity of the road." Yet there's still something maddeningly lacking about it.
January 14, 2013
A pleasant but undistinguished adaptation of Jack Kerouac's 1957 novel about himself and his Beat friends in the late forties.
January 4, 2013
Well-intentioned and well-made but self-indulgent exercise tries really hard but falls short.
December 24, 2012
If there were an On the Road museum, this could be the elaborate diorama at its center.
December 21, 2012
It's all rather exhausting, as opposed to exhilarating.
December 21, 2012
There's no madness here, no burning, no desperate search for transcendence, no sense of characters on a heroic, continent-crossing quest. Just another sticky, stinky story of boys, being boys. And refusing to become men.
December 21, 2012
What's best about the film are its quick jumps from one depravity to the next as jazz rambles on the soundtrack: Youth is a candle to be burned at both ends, with (as it was once said about Bob Dylan) a blowtorch in the middle.
December 20, 2012
Salles has made an admirable effort, which - while no roman candle - can be appreciated for its honest ambitions.
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.
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