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Road to Perdition Reviews

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Stuart Klawans
The Nation
July 21, 2015
Very little of Road to Perdition lingers, except for a feeling that you've been carried along.
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
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.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Denby
New Yorker
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.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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.
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 29, 2010
Powerful, beautiful film; ok for mature teens.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
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]
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
July 28, 2010
...something more than the sum of its parts; namely, a gripping, touching, entertaining motion picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
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.
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
July 6, 2010
Director Sam Mendes is on course to become one of the great directors of this decade.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Todd McCarthy
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.
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
April 17, 2007
Sam Mendes's 2002 follow-up to American Beauty finds him every bit as adept, arty, and Oscar hungry.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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.
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
December 6, 2004
A simple parable, starkly outlined, with talented actors shading these sketches with wisdom and detail.
| Original Score: B
Tony Medley
October 7, 2004
An enjoyable, well-acted, written, and directed two hours.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
June 23, 2004
It's wonderful to see Paul Newman in a great role again.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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