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Revolutionary Road Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 23, 2010
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 | Original Score: 4/5
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
February 8, 2009
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 | Original Score: 4/5
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
January 30, 2009
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 | Original Score: 3/6
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January 24, 2009
If Revolutionary Road had been filmed back in 1961, when the novel came out, it would have been timely and powerful.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
January 9, 2009
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 | Original Score: A
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
January 9, 2009
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
January 5, 2009
Unlike the novel, which you can set aside and take a break, with the film version of Revolutionary Road, you're in for the duration, and it's ultimately too much to take.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
January 5, 2009
Winslet gives a fearless performance here. It's not her fault her husband has shrouded it in Taste.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 5, 2009
This film is so good it is devastating. A lot of people believe their parents didn't understand them. What if they didn't understand themselves?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
January 5, 2009
Like its cinematic kin, Frost/Nixon and Doubt, this, too, is a delicately crafted, prestige project whose translation to screen doesn't deliver the original's amazements.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
January 5, 2009
Sam Mendes has worked in this territory before with his Oscar-winning American Beauty. Revolutionary Road is a better movie because it doesn't rely on such blatant caricatures.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
January 5, 2009
Revolutionary Road is easily the best-acted film of 2008, and one of the most corrosive.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 5, 2009
[A] devastating if flawed adaptation of the Richard Yates novel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 5, 2009
Revolutionary Road gets my vote as the best American film of 2008.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
January 5, 2009
A heartbreakingly sad yet remarkable film from director Sam Mendes.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
January 5, 2009
Somehow the film fails to inspire more than admiration, never reaching the same heights of empathy achieved by less impeccable treatments of the same topic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
January 5, 2009
Sam Mendes's spiritually depleted film exerts an undeniable pull as its beautiful, doomed protagonists navigate the ennui of adult life. Revolutionary Road provides an apt bookend to a holiday season drenched in fatalistic gloom.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
January 5, 2009
The self-dramatization is harder to capture, sometimes coming off as false moments between the actors, yet this is still a troubling story of two good people who can't live with the truth that they're as ordinary as their neighbors.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
January 2, 2009
Sam Mendes, the director of Revolutionary Road, injects a few milligrams of hope into his film version of the 1961 Richard Yates novel, an excoriating portrait of a mid-1950s marriage built on sticks, straw and delusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
January 1, 2009
Like Columbus, British filmmaker Sam Mendes insists he's discovered America.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
December 30, 2008
A film that, by the end, turns into a far more unsettling haunted-house story than The Amityville Horror.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
December 30, 2008
What is it about the 1950s that brings out the worst in cultural historians?
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
December 29, 2008
Strong performances steer this 1950s marital drama out of a period-picture trap.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
December 29, 2008
In pieces and in spirit, the many honest parts of this drama about marital life in the 1950s are like the rooms of a house that feel right, even if the exterior slopes somewhat clumsily.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
December 29, 2008
A very powerful drama.
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
December 29, 2008
Give me something to care about.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
December 29, 2008
Revolutionary Road, a waxworks edition of the furiously unsentimental novel by Richard Yates, tracks the unraveling of a handsome young suburban couple in the 1950s.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
December 29, 2008
The crossed-signals and secret selfishness of a bad marriage are the sour heart of Revolutionary Road. And it is devastating.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
December 29, 2008
It's keenly observed, handsomely mounted, supremely well-acted, and distant in a way the period trappings can't quite explain away.
| Original Score: B
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
December 29, 2008
The pompous direction was inflicted by Sam Mendes, who seems to regard the 1950s as a foreign country.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
December 24, 2008
[A] didactic, emotionally overblown critique of the soulless suburbs.
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Dana Stevens
Slate
December 24, 2008
Why does the movie feel as pleasantly deadening as the midcentury Connecticut suburb where it takes place?
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
December 24, 2008
The best thing about Revolutionary Road... is that it doesn't end with that rote vision of bourgeois anomie. It only begins there.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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December 24, 2008
Buy the house in the suburbs, go to work, take out the garbage, have an affair — slowly these two mortgage their dreams.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
December 23, 2008
Since Mendes has kept us emotionally at arm's length with his structured, hermetically sealed production, it's hard to care about whether they'll ever find that elusive something.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
December 23, 2008
Revolutionary Road/i> is dramatically potent material and, although it poses a number of philosophical questions, it works best as an unsentimental examination of a marriage in crisis.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
December 22, 2008
Directed with extraordinary skill by Sam Mendes, the film is a tough road well worth traveling.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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David Ansen
Newsweek
December 22, 2008
Revolutionary Road is impressive, but it feels like a classic encased in amber.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
December 17, 2008
A flawless, moment-to-moment autopsy of a marriage on the rocks and an indictment of the American Dream gone sour.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
December 17, 2008
It simply doesn't play as well as it reads.
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David Denby
New Yorker
December 15, 2008
It is honorably and brutally unnerving.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
November 18, 2008
Revolutionary Road is a very good bigscreen adaptation of an outstanding American novel -- faithful, intelligent, admirably acted, superbly shot.