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Road to Perdition Reviews

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Top Critic
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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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
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
December 6, 2004
A simple parable, starkly outlined, with talented actors shading these sketches with wisdom and detail.
Read More | 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
Willie Waffle
April 2, 2004
Mendes has proven that he must be counted among the greatest directors
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
January 7, 2004
Easily the best movie so far in 2002, Road to Perdition holds its own against the finest films any year has to offer.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Michael Dequina
January 7, 2004
Click to read review
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
January 4, 2004
It is this year's first truly great film.
Full ReviewRead More | Original Score: 5/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
July 9, 2003
Along with cinematographer Conrad L. Hall, [Sam] Mendes has crafted a film that's just as exciting to look at as it is to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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