Revolutionary Road (2008)



Critic Consensus: Brilliantly acted and emotionally powerful, Revolutionary Road is a handsome adaptation of Richard Yates' celebrated novel.

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Titanic shipmates Kathy Bates, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Kate Winslet step onboard for director Sam Mendes' tale of suburban malaise in 1950s-era Connecticut. Adapted from the classic 1961 novel by author Richard Yates, Revolutionary Road tells the tale of a young Connecticut couple whose once-idealistic relationship steadily deteriorates into a ceaseless cycle of petty jealousy and bickering as they strive to retain their independence in the conformity-obsessed world of picket fences and perfectly manicured lawns. Ever since they first met, Frank (DiCaprio) and April (Winslet) saw themselves as special and different. They strive to form their relationship around higher ideals, though upon moving into their new home on Revolutionary Road, the defiant couple pledges never to be confined by the social conventions of the era. As time passes, however, Frank and April gradually become the very thing that they both feared most -- a typical suburban family complete with abandoned dreams and faded hopes. Frank loses his nerve after taking a comfortable job with a reliable salary, and April morphs into an unsatisfied homemaker desperate for passion and excitement. But April's independent spirit hasn't been suffocated just yet, and when she hatches a plan to head for Paris, her need to escape at all costs stands in direct contrast to Frank's desire to hold on to what they already have. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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Kathy Bates
as Helen
Zoe Kazan
as Maureen
John Behlmann
as Mr. Brace
David Campbell
as Vito's Bartender
Kristen Connolly
as Mrs. Brace
Sean Cullen (II)
as Frank's Father
Adam Mucci
as Jason Maple
Ryan Simpkins
as Jennifer Wheeler
Ty Simpkins
as Michael Wheeler
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All Critics (204) | Top Critics (42)

Mendes has made a troubling film that wrestles with big themes and touchy subjects, even if it is set in an overly familiar milieu.

Full Review… | August 22, 2010
Orlando Sentinel
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Bolstered by Thomas Newman's score, spot-on set design and the brilliant source material, "Revolutionary Road" is a darkly effective portrait of an Eisenhower-era couple who fall tragically short of reaching Camelot.

Full Review… | February 8, 2009
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This is a sobering, well-observed film that doesn't fully hit the mark but sets up enough pleasing ideas to chew on regarding ambition, marriage and ideals of how to live one's life, individually and as a couple.

Full Review… | January 29, 2009
Time Out
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If Revolutionary Road had been filmed back in 1961, when the novel came out, it would have been timely and powerful.

Full Review… | January 24, 2009
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Bitter, nerve-wracking, ugly and relentless, Revolutionary Road is Big Drama done right, a mesmerizing look at desperate lives, wrong moves and spoiled dreams that hits hard right from the beginning and never lets up.

Full Review… | January 9, 2009
Detroit News
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Viewers in the mood for rip-snorting marital combat should go ahead and partake, but they must prepare to leave the theatre in a state of profound depression.

Full Review… | January 9, 2009
Houston Chronicle
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Audience Reviews for Revolutionary Road

Sam Mendes' 'Revolutionary Road' is a great movie in a lot of ways. The acting from its stars is incredibly powerful, Deaken's cinematography is graceful, and the story carries some considerable emotional weight. But 'Revolutionary Road' has a story that still feels unoriginal and sounds like a bore on paper. Entertainment value may be lost on great cinematic value, but what this film sets out to do, it does so so superbly.

Kase Vollebregt
Kase Vollebregt

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Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio's performances are better than the movie itself. The movie is problematic, but these are one of the two greatest actors at their most emotional and rawest moment. I would say that the cinematography is picture-perfect.

Albert Kim
Albert Kim

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Although flawed, this is an immensely powerful and moving film, thanks to outstanding acting, directing and intensely atmospheric cinematography. Mendes, Winslet and DiCaprio all outdo themselves here, and a typically understated and poignant score from Thomas Newman wraps the whole thing up.

Louis Rogers
Louis Rogers

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