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Road to Perdition Reviews

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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
October 10, 2002
For all the formal sophistication, there's something facile and nerveless about Mendes' work, and, in the trickery of the movie's final scenes, jarringly facetious, and sentimental to boot.
Michael Szymanski
July 11, 2002
The film is so predictable, the steps plod one after each other to the inevitable conclusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Victoria Alexander
Movie Reviews in Croatian
July 11, 2002
It's slow -- very, very slow. It's not the ultimate Depression-era gangster movie. That's pure PR hype.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
July 12, 2002
All in all, Road to Perdition is more in love with strangeness than excellence.
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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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.
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
January 10, 2003
Road to Perdition is so jumbled and poseurish that you're less likely to wonder, 'How did the creators of American Beauty sink to this?' than to venture, 'Maybe American Beauty couldn't have been all that good, either.'
Full Review | Original Score: D
Erik Childress
July 11, 2002
Road To Perdition knows what its about but not why its about it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
July 13, 2002
It got the surreal look it wanted, but so what! The film was a soft crime story from start to finish.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jeremy Heilman
July 14, 2002
Everything's been scripted and art-directed until all spontaneity ceases to exist... [It] feels stifling and utterly embarrassed to be a genre picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Pablo Villaša
Cinema em Cena
July 25, 2003
Esteticamente belo, mas emocionalmente vazio.
| Original Score: 3/5
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
July 11, 2002
Mendes still doesn't quite know how to fill a frame. Like the Hanks character, he's a slow study: The action is stilted and the tabloid energy embalmed.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
July 12, 2002
Despite the surface attractions -- Conrad L. Hall's cinematography will likely be nominated for an Oscar next year -- there's something impressive and yet lacking about everything.
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July 11, 2002
Feels strangely hollow at its emotional core.
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
July 9, 2002
Sam Mendes has become valedictorian at the School for Soft Landings and Easy Ways Out.
Bryant Frazer
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
August 7, 2002
For all its hard-boiled pretensions, Road to Perdition becomes a cloying look at father-son relations in gangster-era Chicagoland.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
July 25, 2002
Mendes' washed-up gangster yarn is filled with overused, pretentious attempts at style and immature notions of death, religion, fatherhood, and humanity.
| Original Score: 0/5
Adam Nayman
July 19, 2002
There's no spontaneity in David Self's spare, purely functional screenplay, which telegraphs even the biggest surprises so as to dull any edge inherent in the brutal payoffs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
July 9, 2002
Dylan Baker and Jude Law evoke cartoon villains lost in a straight-faced gangster yarn.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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