Revolutionary Road

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

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Frank (Leonardo DiCaprio) and April Wheeler (Kate Winslet) always see themselves as far-removed from the conventionality of suburbia. Yet that is exactly what creeps up on them when they buy a house in Connecticut. He toils 10 hours a day in a job he hates, while she, as a 1950s homemaker, yearns for fulfillment and passion. Rebelling against the torpor of their lives, the couple plan an escape that may push them to their limits.

Cast & Crew

Kate Winslet
April Wheeler
Kathy Bates
Helen Givings
Michael Shannon
John Givings
Kathryn Hahn
Milly Campbell
David Harbour
Shep Campbell
Dylan Baker
Jack Ordway
Richard Easton
Howard Givings
Zoe Kazan
Maureen Grube
Jay O. Sanders
Bart Pollock
Justin Haythe
Screenwriter
John Hart
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Marion Rosenberg
Executive Producer
David M. Thompson
Executive Producer
Henry Fernaine
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Thomas Newman
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Critic Reviews for Revolutionary Road

All Critics (212) | Top Critics (48) | Fresh (143) | Rotten (69)

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

    August 23, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    February 8, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    January 30, 2009 | Rating: 3/6 | Full Review…

    Dave Calhoun

    Time Out
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  • Ultimately, the performances are (rightly) more involving than the story. By the same token, the actors are more involving than the film.

    January 30, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • A deeply felt, moving and genuinely tragic study of a marriage tearing itself apart.

    January 30, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • It feels removed from the messy energies and doomy turbulence it depicts, filtering them through an aesthetic sensibility so tasteful, controlled and ultimately second-hand, that it can impress but never truly move us.

    January 30, 2009 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Revolutionary Road

  • Oct 08, 2015
    Revolutionary Road has a good premise and strong actors that perform well enough. What is missing? It feels like it ought to be a better movie but somehow does not come together. I have to say the storytelling and editing are off. There is something about the flow of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" that is missing in Revolutionary Road (though it does have its moments). Still, it is not a bad film and I recommend to fans of the actors.
    Robert B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 08, 2013
    Heartbreaking. Great to see Leo and Kate together again, they're chemistry is still as strong as ever.
    Beth M Super Reviewer
  • May 14, 2013
    Not much can be said for a film involving its main characters screaming at each other for a majority of the run-time, but at least with "Revolutionary Road" is picked some of the most talented and attractive actors to do the screaming. Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet are reunited as man and wife in this 60's novel adaptation about a couple that would just as much torment one another with constant fights than to live a meaningful and separate life. The leads are powerful, with Winslet looking the best she's ever been, while DiCaprio rides the fine line between the amazing actor he will become and the childish, tween star we knew from "Titanic" and "Catch Me If You Can". Kathy Bates also delivers a fine performance, but it's the Academy Award nominated Michael Shannon that steals the show in the very short time that he graces the screen. A huge fan of Shannon's, I found his character immensely fleshed out and realized for someone barely involved in the plot and his portion becomes the most memorable moments of the film (apart from the dark conclusion and constant yelling). There's a poetry somewhere immersed in "Revolutionary Road" and Sam Mendes, along with Roger Deakins, do their best to emphasis that, but when you dislike both characters and their motives, or lack thereof, it becomes really hard to invest. As epic a drama as it is, the film falls short of being a classic.
    Christopher H Super Reviewer
  • Mar 13, 2013
    A signature piece for the married couple that does all of society's "right things" but still does not find itself happy. I am convinced that everyone envies people in other positions in life to a certain degree. Here we see the natural progression towards a declaration of war on society's norms.
    John B Super Reviewer

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