On the Road Reviews

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 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
In trying to make a movie to appeal to wider audiences, Winterbottom is likely to alienate everyone.
October 6, 2017
It's soft, wrong and very, very long.
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.
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.