Road to Perdition Reviews

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January 19, 2020
Casting Hanks as a heavy is no mistake here, and though the gamble is not entirely successful it's a fine experiment.
January 3, 2019
A beautiful elegy to a decaying world whose sadness lingers on.
February 28, 2017
Gangsters. Parents. Children. Honor. 'Road to Perdition' is all this and more, perhaps too perfect or too calculated, but with great cinema in it. [Full review in Spanish]
July 21, 2015
Very little of Road to Perdition lingers, except for a feeling that you've been carried along.
February 7, 2014
Crisply, starchily self-conscious in its efforts to be a gangster epic. A pretty-enough remote place, with its rain and snow and fedoras and trenchcoats, but it's still a long way from Boardwalk Empire and Miller's Crossing.
April 14, 2013
So is Perdition still a must-see? No question. But it's tough to fuss about it much when a picture is this fussy.
April 14, 2013
Visually, the picture is all of a piece, but it's a self-conscious piece of work -- all dark-toned academic classicism.
April 14, 2013
What makes the movie pay off is moving pictures of real action and of intimate scenes between man and boy that are all the more moving for being understated.
December 29, 2010
Powerful, beautiful film; ok for mature teens.
August 2, 2010
The top-billed actors deliver: Hanks with his resonant reserve and Newman in conveying Rooney's failed attempt to live up to his self-image as the ultimate just and loving patriarch. [Blu-ray]
July 28, 2010
...something more than the sum of its parts; namely, a gripping, touching, entertaining motion picture.
July 6, 2010
This last motif surges in the film's coda with a sequence that is 2002's most rapturous, a long, undulating shot that combines serenity and horror.
July 6, 2010
Director Sam Mendes is on course to become one of the great directors of this decade.
April 29, 2009
A true work of art from [director] Sam Mendes...
October 1, 2008
It's Newman who really stands out. Despite his advanced years -- he's 77 -- the man still has remarkable presence.
August 8, 2008
While crisply edited and unindulgent, Mendes' work is gratifyingly old-school in its rejection of modern-day stylistic agitation, the better to achieve a slow but inexorable build to its climax.
August 7, 2008
Hanks and Newman are the personification of anguish and torn loyalty in a gripping, violent film that is part character study and part cat-and-mouse chase with classic western embellishments.
July 14, 2007
Road is so beautiful, so well composed and so tidy in its sense of justice that it never quite gets its hands dirty enough to evoke any true emotion.
April 17, 2007
Sam Mendes's 2002 follow-up to American Beauty finds him every bit as adept, arty, and Oscar hungry.
February 9, 2006
Ploughing a furrowed brow, Hanks is fatally miscast -- except that the story turns so sentimental and bathetic, he's actually in his element.
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