Revolutionary Road Reviews

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December 18, 2020
In making a better man out of Frank Wheeler, Mendes and Haythe have, unfortunately, thrown out one of the real achievement's of Yates's novel: his ruthless critique of 1950s masculinity.
August 29, 2018
This is a handsome, intelligent and careful adaptation which may be too bookish... Always fully engrossing, even if it is too coolly detached to ever be involving.
September 12, 2017
It just touched on so many different issues like love, the sanctity of marriage, forgiveness, rage, entrapment, loneliness and helplessness.
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.
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.
January 30, 2009
Handsomely done and beautifully acted, just slightly wanting in a screenplay that leaves questions unanswered about what's behind these unhappy people. And it's ultra-depressing...
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.
January 30, 2009
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
A deeply felt, moving and genuinely tragic study of a marriage tearing itself apart.
January 30, 2009
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
It leaves you feeling voyeuristically sullied; scrubbing the blood out of your mental carpet, privy to something simultaneously indulgent and inconsequential.
January 30, 2009
Winslet gives Revolutionary Road its depth and heft. That face still gazes at us, with its seraphic blend of beauty and horror, minutes, even hours, after we have left the theatre.
January 30, 2009
This is an honourable attempt to get at the heart of a great novel. Its account of marital failure and of lost illusions is consistently absorbing and occasionally heart-rending.
January 30, 2009
Another accomplished, subtle piece by American Beauty director Sam Mendes (aka Mr Kate Winslet), this looks like a super-gorgeous episode of Mad Men.
January 30, 2009
The book and the film may be nailed to their Fifties period (everyone seems to smoke perpetually) but what Revolutionary Road says about not so quietly desperate lives is still appropriate today.
January 30, 2009
I don't know anyone who'd want to watch, in these miserable times, a marriage swirling down life's khazi. But that doesn't stop it being a fine piece of work. And while I didn't enjoy it at all, I can definitely recommend it.
January 24, 2009
If Revolutionary Road had been filmed back in 1961, when the novel came out, it would have been timely and powerful.
January 22, 2009
Does Yates's work stand up today? If you want an insight into the horrors of being married to the wrong person, there's nobody like him. But the result is not so much riveting drama as highly potent aversion therapy.
January 9, 2009
Revolutionary Road ranks right up there with Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? in its characterization of a coupling deeply scabrous and defective.
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.
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