Road to Perdition Reviews

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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.
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.
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.
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 25, 2012
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
...it all works surprisingly well for so simple a story, and it involves the audience in its action from beginning to end. (Blu-ray Edition)
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.
May 6, 2010
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.
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