On the Road Reviews

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February 22, 2019
The film is unlikely to appeal to the band's fans... and there isn't enough of a story to keep non-fans involved.
December 26, 2017
The dramatic elements seem awkwardly soldered on to the narrative, as if the director couldn't make up his mind what sort of film to make, and opted to have his cake and eat it, without ever really savouring either experience.
October 11, 2017
Occasionally a delightfully intimate filmic device, it soon wears thin and will frustrate Wolf Alice fans since the band mainly waft about in the background.
October 9, 2017
This doesn't shake up the usual practices of Winterbottom films - in that context, the casual style is thoroughly familiar - but it does yield a movie that might appeal to lovers of the rock ethos in general.
October 8, 2017
The love story pads out the running time to a baggy two hours; fans of the band might prefer to see them On the Stage instead.
October 8, 2017
An awkward hybrid of cinma vrit documentary and drama.
October 6, 2017
This is the no-frills reality of the road, with none of the usual rock and roll clichs and histrionics.
October 6, 2017
In trying to make a movie to appeal to wider audiences, Winterbottom is likely to alienate everyone.
October 6, 2017
This isn't a story of rock 'n' roll bad behaviour or larger than life characters, and in some ways that's refreshing.
October 6, 2017
It's soft, wrong and very, very long.
October 6, 2017
A subtly engaging look at the way a fast-forged relationship can sometimes be as brief, powerful and magical as the music that soundtracks it.
October 5, 2017
If you're looking for a film to dissuade people from joining a band, this is it.Michael Winterbottom's docudrama explores the dark side of touring -- not the sex and drugs (oh, for more of that) but the utter tedium.
October 5, 2017
When the tour winds to a close, it's clear that you're supposed to feel the pangs of heartbreak as everyone heads off to brighter climes. Frankly, we were over the moon to be rid of these wet dullards.
October 4, 2017
On a formal level, this is a subtle and clever piece of work.
October 2, 2017
Winterbottom captures that giddy feeling between excitement and exhaustion that comes from being on tour, and inserts interesting snippets of conversations from the crew.
September 26, 2017
The blistering live Wolf footage offers a thrilling snapshot of a ripping group's rocket-fired blast-off, uniting band and fans in tight, sweaty moshpit communion.
February 10, 2017
There are few filmmakers working today quite as innovative as Michael Winterbottom, who has an inclination to blur the line between reality and fiction in a way few manage.
Top Critic
February 9, 2017
Even its most audacious device - the undifferentiated braiding of pure documentary and narrative footage - feels a tad old hat relative to newer hybrid forms in nonfiction filmmaking.
October 10, 2016
9 Songs but without the explicit sex, and something that feels tossed-off and half-thought-out.
October 10, 2016
Michael Winterbottom's On the Road is his best film in years: romantic, erotic and musically euphoric.
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